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Gormanston Annual Drama Summer course is for adults of all ages with interests in acting, directing and drama and theatre in general, including musical theatre. It is suitable for those with experience and beginners.

It is a week long residential course in the secluded, peaceful escape of Gormanston Castle and Park. Gormanston Park is located on a 110-acre parkland site on the Dublin-Meath border,15 minutes from Dublin Airport. Gormanston Park specialise in catered group accommodation, sports leisure event and conference facilities.

For many years, the Gormanston Drama Summer School has been organised and operated by husband and wife team, Eamonn and Freda O’Donoghue. They have devoted their time and talents to ensuring the highest standard of excellence that has made the ‘Gormanston Experience’ the great success it has become today. The annual drama course is now managed by Cormac Donoghue, ensuring that Gormanston Experience continues to live on and develop in the coming years.

For more information on our venue, see www.gormanstonpark.ie


Eamonn O’Donoghue, Course Director

Eamonn O'Donoghue - Artistic Director - Gormanston Drama Summer SchoolEamonn is a former secondary school principal and co-founder of StageWorks at Gormanston Drama Summer School. He is an experienced theatre director with many stage productions to his credit. He has also directed for TV and Radio. His production of Patrick Galvin’s “Last Burning” represented Ireland at the World Theatre Festival in Monaco. In 1998 he established Acorn Theatre and recent productions include Da, The Lonesome West, Moll and The Kings of the Kilburn Road. He currently divides his time between freelance directing and school administration. In 2005, he co-ordinated the StageWise series at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin.  In addition, he has established Acorn Youth Theatre with whom he has devised a theatre in the round, production entitled “What’s the Story?


Cormac Donoghue, Course Manager

Cormac Donoghue - Gormanston Drama Summer School Cormac looks after the management and administration for Gormanston Drama Summer School. A graduated from NUI Galway; he specialises professionally in digital marketing and event management. Cormac has been involved with the theatre and arts for many years, learning the production ropes from a very young age and continuing throughout his years at university. He has previously worked extensively with Seven Ages Theatre Company, Galway and is a former Auditor of the NUIG Drama Society. He previously served as an award-winning Festival Director of the ISDA (Irish Student Drama Association) Festival and is also a founding member of ISDA.

Cormac joined the team in 2013, but his connection to Gormanston Drama Summer school pre-dates that. Nephew of Course Director Eamonn O’Donoghue and son of renowned former Gormanston tutor Joe Donoghue, Cormac was born into the world of drama and theatre and has had the privilege of learning at the feet of his late father.


The team also works with StageWise, the Annual Performing Arts Camp for Teens, a sister company of Gormanston Drama Summer School.