Take advantage of Ireland's rich theatre, literary and historical culture by engaging in the study and practice of Irish theatre from historical and contemporary contexts.
On this program, you will closely examine the evolution of Irish Theatre, from the influence of British colonialism to contemporary issues such as inward migration and how it challenges what it means to be Irish. In addition, you will explore the craft of acting as a means of understanding the performer's contribution to theatre.
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
You will take one on-site course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies 113A
Title: Irish Theatre: Origins and the Contemporary Scene
Dates: July 5 – August 6, 2016
Instructors: Christine Nicholson, M.F.A., M.A., and Jody Allen Randolph
Units: 6 units
In the first component of this course, "Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre: Culture, Context, Critique," you will engage with Irish dramatic literature, history, and cultural theory in a lecture and discussion format. You will closely examine the following influences on the development of Irish theatre: the role of British colonialism and struggles for independence, the Irish War for Independence, Civil War and partition of the North, the influence of the Catholic Church, the Troubles, and social and cultural change following the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s. You will apply your knowledge to writing weekly critical essays addressing productions, trips, and class activities, in order to integrate your intellectual knowledge with your lived experience as theatergoers, performers, and visitors in Ireland.
In tandem with the lecture/discussion component, "Applied Acting Techniques" offers you the opportunity to explore the craft of acting as a means understanding the performer's contribution to theatre. Through acting exercises and work on scenes and monologues taken from Irish canonical and modern works, you will discover the challenges of bringing text to life on the stage, how personal and cultural experience shapes interpretation, and how actors work with directors and technical theater artists to tell the story of a play. The performing aspects of the class will be responsive to your individual skill level.
This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.
Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
Christine Nicholson, M.F.A., M.A.
Christine Nicholson has been a professional actor, director, and educator for over twenty-five years. She holds an M.A. from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Acting/Directing, and an M.F.A. in Theatre from UC Davis with an emphasis on Acting, where she is also completing her Ph.D. in Irish Theatre. She has taught Acting, Dramaturg, and Theatre History at UC Berkeley, Solano College, and Sacramento City College.
As an actor, she has performed regionally with the Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Foothill Theatre Company, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and Center Repertory Theatre, among others. She is the founding member of the Synergy State in Sacramento and has recently formed Spliter Group Theatre, and will be producing their first production in December. She has written and produced five British Pantomimes, and is currently working on her sixth, Cinderella, which is slated for production this winter.
She currently serves as Director for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, and her directing credits include work with the Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital State Company, Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre Sacramento and UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, she directed A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, as well as An Ideal Husband, Top Girls, Dolly West's Kitchen, and The Conduct of Life. She was Program Assistant for the Irish Theater program in 2012 and 2013.
Jody Allen Randolph
Jody Allen Randolph is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Identities at the Humanities Institute at University College Dublin. She has previously lectured in the graduate program in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin, and served as Assistant Dean of the British Studies at Oxford Programme at St. John’s College, Oxford.
During her graduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, she held research fellowships from the Andrew Mellon/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the UC Regents. Jody’s research and teaching specialties are Irish literature and culture, and Anglophone literature. Her most recent books are A Poet’s Dublin, co-edited with Paula Meehan, Eavan Boland, and Close to the Next Moment: Interviews from a Changing Ireland.
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
|2016 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Tuition (6 units)||$2,436||$2,880|
|Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $54.|
In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
|International Airfare and Transportation||$1,300|
|Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses||$2,133|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
The program fee includes the following items:
|Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.|
The following items are excluded from the program fee:
|Application opens||February 1, 2016|
|Application closes||March 11, 2016|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 23, 2016|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit||April 4, 2016|
|Attend pre-departure orientation*||Late April-May|
|Arrive in Ireland||July 5, 2016|
|Last day of program||August 6, 2016|
* These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
All dates are subject to change.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and situated near the midpoint of the country's east coast. Meaning "town of the hurdled ford," Dublin sits at the mouth of the River Liffey and is bordered by a low mountain range to the south and surrounded by flat farmland to the north and west.
Known as the historical and contemporary cultural center of Ireland, Dublin is also a modern center for education, art, administration, economy, and industry. As the center of Irish industry, the city has a very cosmopolitan and international workforce. Half of the population is under the age of 30, and the city is considered to be very modern and outward looking. Although Dublin is a large city, it is easy to navigate and students find Dubliners to be very warm and welcoming.
Galway, also known as Gaillimh in Irish, is Ireland's fifth-largest city. Galway has long been known as "The City of the Tribes" due to the fourteen families—known as tribes—who ruled Galway beginning in the 15th century. These families built many castles throughout the county and today many streets and landmarks bearing the names of these early families.
Today, Galway is an important tourist center, serving as a gateway to the scenic areas of County Galway and a major hub for visits to West Ireland. The city is known as Ireland's "Cultural Heart," and its arts scene is renowned throughout Ireland, especially for music and theatre. Each year the city hosts the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland's largest international arts festival, which features the opportunity to interact extensively not only with West of Ireland companies including Druid Theatre and Macnas, as well as participate in talkbacks and workshops as well as gaining backstage access to visiting artists.
During the Dublin portion of the program, you will live and study in the center of the city at Trinity College Dublin. Founded in 1592, Trinity is one of the top 100 world universities and has over 17,000 students. The university is central to the study of theatre and literature in Ireland, and is the alma mater of many of Ireland's best-known playwrights and theatre artists, including Samuel Beckett, J.M. Synge, Oscar Wilde, Oliver Goldsmith and George Farquhar.
Daily classes will be held in the Samuel Beckett Centre, which houses the Trinity School of Drama. This renowned program not only boasts a world-class faculty, but also recently welcomed the major contemporary dramatist Marina Carr to teach a playwriting course. Most of Dublin's major theatres and historical sites will be within walking distance of the classroom.
In Galway, you will live and study on the campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Founded in 1845 as Queen's College, NUI Galway is today one of Ireland's leading research universities with over 17,000 students and more than 2,400 staff. The campus is located on the banks of the River Corrib, close to the center of Galway, and sits in the heart of Galway city. The Irish language has a unique position predominantly due to its proximity to the Connemara Gaeltacht, one of several Irish-speaking regions in the country.
For the first three weeks, you will be housed at Trinity College Dublin, and for the last two weeks of the program, you will lodge at the National University of Ireland, Galway. You will be provided with lunch Monday through Thursday and will have access to kitchen facilities in your accommodations.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.