Young Actors’ School

Crooked House Young Actors’ School


This a formal training programme for young people who wish to prepare for acting college and lay the foundations for a career in performance. It ran in 2013-2014. There will be another school in 2015 Р2016.

Young people are given individual attention and helped to prepare monologues for auditioning to third level acting courses here and in the UK: the placement rate of our students is to date 100%. There is an intake of up to 14 only each year.

Professional tutors train young actors in voice work, dance and movement, audition preparation, text and scene work, acting techniques and rehearsal methodologies, physical comedy, and devising. Students will also have the opportunity to study for a RADA Shakespeare Certificate (an extra cost). Students may be represented by the Crooked House Agency for Young Actors and will each have a head-shot and short CV on file. Students stage a public presentation at the end of their year.

Tutors are all working professionals: actor Jillian Bradbury (trained in RADA and the Gaiety School of Acting); director Peter Hussey (Artistic Director of Crooked House); writer and director Mary Linehan (co-founder of Smashing Times Theatre Company); actor Anne Doyle (trained in the Gaiety School of Acting); actor Steve Gunn (Gaiety School) and actor/director, Keith Burke.

The School has three terms: September to december, January to March, and April to June.

Admission is by application and audition. The next enrolment will take place in June 2015 for the following year. Please use the application form at the top of the page. Auditions will be scheduled as applications arrive (so if you want to apply earlier in the year, do so, and you will receive an audition date). For your audition, you will be asked to perform a monologue of your choice (from a play, TV, film or one you wrote yourself), and a Shakespearian sonnet of your choice.