Established in 1993 by Gillian Oman, The Independent Theatre Workshop has become one of the most successful and progressive theatre schools in Dublin. With over 30 years of experience in teaching, our primary objective is to build confidence and creativity and to provide a social forum for our students to make friends for life. Our students build vocabulary, imagination, confidence and co-ordination, balance and musicality in creative drama and lively dance classes. They gain invaluable life skills such as discipline, poise, memory, social skills, movement, time management and communication. Upon registering with us, all students are eligible to be represented by ITW Management and may get called for auditions.
We offer classes 7 days a week to students from 3 to 19 years of age in all areas of the Performing Arts including Acting, Singing, Speech & Drama, Youth Theatre, Musical Theatre and a variety of Dance styles including Hip Hop/Commercial, Musical Theatre, Lyrical Contemporary, Jazz, Acro and Ballet.
Private and very small group examination and audition preparation classes are also available. Our students then have the option to take Speech & Drama, Solo Acting, Effective Communication, Public Speaking and Singing exams with Leinster School of Music and Drama, The Irish Board of Speech & Drama and LAMDA.
Our purpose built spaces are fully equipped with Dance, Drama, Speech, and Singing studios. Our school in Drumcondra is located in the fabulous creative space that is The Art & Business Campus at 40 Lr Drumcondra Rd. and our Clonskeagh School is in our own building in ITW Studios, Terminus Mills just past Ranelagh Village. In the heart of Ranelagh Village we also cater for our 3-6 year olds in Beechwood Community Centre a very short walk from the local schools and LUAS.
Our teaching staff are experienced, motivated and chosen for their ability to bring out the best in all our students with a real interest in each and every child’s development.
We are very proud of our students results in their examinations with so many being nominated for and winning overall Excellence Awards as well as many going on to gain their Diploma in Speech & Drama with distinction. Our competitive dance company dancers have won many individual and team awards and our Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and Youth Theatre companies have been highly praised for their regular performances.
Many of our students go on to study performing arts at 3rd level, including the LIR at Trinity College Dublin, The Gaiety School of Acting, TUD Conservatoire, MTU Cork, Mountview, RSC, GSA, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre and Arts Ed in the UK as well as in international institutions including LAMDA, Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Boston, Tisch NYU, NYFA and many others.
For students who have chosen to pursue acting as a career many have been very successful in various aspects of the performing arts, from acting to directing, writing, producing . Students can choose to opt in to our ITW Management and open themselves up to the possibility of appearing in film, television, theatre as well as commercials. ITW Management has a high profile both in Ireland and the UK resulting in our students having appeared in a huge number of theatre productions & films made here in the last 30 years.
We take enrolments throughout the academic year and new students of all ages and abilities are always welcome.