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Theatre Lovett present Actor Training at The Abbey Theatre

*Next course now open to applications*
Monday 28 November - Friday 2 December 2016

A five day practical workshop for professional actors led by Louis Lovett

This course introduces actors to theatre making for the young and old.

  • Bridging the divide between the performer and the audience.
  • Our physical presence and how to arrive at a state of calm and openness to our audience.
  • How the actor’s focus can become the audience’s focus.
  • How to bring mischief into your play. Be BOLD in your play.
  • Chorus work. Moving and working as a team.
  • How, why and what’s next when gauging your audience’s level of excitement, fear, attention or boredom.


Muireann Ahern introduces

  • European models of theatre practice for children and young audiences.
  • Knowing our audience and age appropriate work.


Stretch and strengthen your vocal potential with Andrea Ainsworth (Voice Director, the Abbey Theatre)

And finally the week will include an opportunity to work in front of an audience of young people. 

*Next course available*
Monday 28 November - Friday 2 December 2016
10am - 6pm daily | €175 (one week)

To apply contact with a CV, headshot and a brief note outlining why you would like to participate.

Theatre Lovett's Advanced Actor Training

*Next course now open to applications*
Monday 5 December - Friday 9 December 2016

This week is designed for people who have completed Theatre Lovett Actor Training Phase One.

  • From vaudeville to Vanya: an exploration of performance styles
  • Hide and Seek: revealing and concealing technique
  • Sharing the limelight: introduction to advanced ensemble work
  • Moment to moment: the stepping-stones of scene work.
  • I know something you don’t know: The Power of Next or the actor’s power in knowing the next moment… before it happens.

“Louis is a gifted teacher who is not only able to use himself as an expert example but also possesses a detailed understanding of the techniques he employs when performing. He has structured a workshop, which dismantles the complex mechanics of performance and allows people to work on specific technical tools that underlie them. A huge amount is covered in five days, and the work is of equal benefit to experienced or novice performers.” Will Irvine, 2014.

Monday 5th December - Friday 9th December 2016
10am - 6pm daily | €175 (one week)
If you are interested in this advanced course please contact


The Theatre Lovett Actor Training course has been delivered in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in collaboration with the Abbey Theatre. Please note that elements of this course can be modified and delivered in one, two or three day settings.



“I think this is the best workshop I’ve been on, including my full time actor training. I feel inspired and excited and hopeful having done this workshop.”

“Terrific, a very good experience for an actor working in all types of theatre for all ranges of audiences.''

''I want to learn from one of the best to put it plainly.”

“Theatre Lovett have a wonderful, interactive, caring and insightful approach. Their way of facilitating is inspiring.''

''If this could happen regularly it would be a real gift to a lot of young theatre makers. And not have to leave the country to do it!” 

"The integrity with which Theatre Lovett approach theatre for young audiences is appreciated. The rigour, professionalism and experience shine through.”

“In my career and training to date I have not come across a duo like Muireann and Louis where the fluidity of what they teach is so spot on and inspiring to be around.”


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