The theatrical landscape is constantly being moulded by theatre makers who are presenting original works or reimagining classics. Critical to this process is new writings and adaptations. On the Master in Fine Art degree in Playwriting at The Lir Academy, we offer every student the opportunity to develop and hone their unique writing skill so that each play written is the best it can be.

Modules in contemporary theatre practice, dramaturgy and workshops in writing, are supplemented with one-to-one training and development so that each individual student has quality time with playwrights, directors and designers. The training culminates with the students writing a full-length play whilst being mentored by the Head of Playwriting, Graham Whybrow. Graham brings a wealth of experience to this role, including twelve years as Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre.

Excerpts of these final works are shared in a public event with an invited audience of industry professionals.

The course is designed to complement the existing Master in Fine Theatre Directing and the Master in Fine Art Stage Design including Lighting Design, Costume Design and Set Design. Students on all three programmes will work together in collaboration, developing a shared understanding of contemporary theatre practice and a collective appreciation of the dedication and commitment required to make innovative performances happen.

On completion of this postgraduate degree, you will qualify and graduate from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin.

To request a course booklet, please send an email to

Applications for Sept 2023 start are now open here.

Applications for 2023 are now open. Initial deadline 31 March, early application advisable as places offered after that date. Final deadline 30 June.

Browse the 2023 prospectus here.