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Theatre Lovett Actor Training at the Gate Theatre

                           Playing for your Audience Course 1                                          

Five day intensive practical workshops for professional actors led by Louis Lovett at the Gate Theatre. 

This course introduces actors to theatre making for audiences of all ages.

  • 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 and how to FAIL with aplomb.
  • Chorus work. Moving and working as a team.
  • Gauging your audience’s level of excitement, fear, attention or boredom. How? Why? What to do next? 

Also Muireann Ahern introduces

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

Finally... there will be an opportunity to play in front of a young audience on the Gate Theatre stage to apply some course techniques.

Next course 17 - 21 June 2019.

To apply: Please send your biog and headshot with a brief note outlining why you wish to participate to 

Course cost €200 

Playing for your Audience Course 2 

*Next course dates coming soon*

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


Playing for your Audience 

  • Be your own spotlight.
  • Switching on. Are we ready?
  • Balancing awareness of yourself, your fellow players and your audience.

 The Power of Next

  • Tracking the moments of our story both with and without our audience’s complicity.
  • Find the approach.
  • Hide the approach.

 Physical Theatre Technique

  • The pictures we make.
  • Leave your story at the door with your coat.
  • Bring your player into the room.
  • Cloaking your character.

 Engaging your Audience.

  • Being boring to be brilliant.
  • Being obvious to be original.
  • Look at me.
  • Sharing the Story.
  • The Majesty in the Mistake.

 *The week will include performance technique with an invited audience of young people to advise, cajole and engage.





“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.''

“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 their work 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.”

“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.”  

“Unquestionably Muireann has raised the standard for theatre for the young in this country.”
Marina Carr, Playwright

(See further information on directors and testimonials under Contact Us)


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