Siamsa Tíre


Find out about training and classes with the National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Training with the National Folk Theatre

The strength of Siamsa Tíre’s performing company lies in the extended Community Cast who have trained and performed with the company over more than forty years. Our Community Cast of performers complete a minimum of three years of training with the company before going on to an advanced training class as part of their performance preparation.

Training Schemes for Young People

Our training schemes are aimed at young people from the age of 7 to 12. Students are trained in the unique Siamsa tradition of music, dance, drama and song. Auditions take place annually followed by two terms of ten weeks scheduled between October and May. A fee per terms applies.

Training and Audition Information

2018 auditions will take place on Friday 15th June from 6 - 8pm at Teach Siamsa na Carraige and Saturday 16th June from 10am - 2pm at Siamsa Tíre. It is strongly advisable that applicants have a song and an Irish dance piece prepared for their audition. Those auditioning need to demonstrate some previous interest in Irish music and/or dance, as this training is not for complete beginners. Auditions are by appointment only and will be advertised on this website, in local press and radio as well as through primary schools throughout the county.

Successful candidates will receive formal classes in traditional Irish song, dance, music and mime each week. Following a period of three years free tuition, the pupils will have an opportunity to become members of the performing company of Siamsa Tíre as well as receiving additional training in Tralee on a weekly basis.

For more information or with any queries, please contact Anne O’Donnell on +353 66 7181690 or by email at

Students who have completed the training offered by Siamsa Tíre have gone on to achieve national and international success as performers, including John Fitzgerald, Suzie Griffin, Sarah Jane Drummey, Justin Walsh and Claire Murrihy.