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Problems & Possibilities | The Challenges of an acting career

Are you embarking on a career as an actor? Have you managed to sustain a career despite challenges? Do you struggle with such a precarious working life? Of so, the Actors’ Friday Forums should be of value.

The difficulties of life as a working actor are examined and explored in a series of discussions held by Fight2Flight Theatre Company. These forums were created to allow actors discuss the problems they face throughout their careers, with the hope that any issues can be recognised and resolved.

The forums will be hosted by a team of moderators including David Herlihy, Pauline McLynn and Marion O’Dwyer.

The Arts Council of Ireland has generously funded a series of ten forums through the Capacity Building Award Scheme.

Actor’s Friday Forums have two main objectives; Developing Collaborations & Connections and Developing Capacity for Inclusion.


Friday November 5th @ 11am

Retirement: What’s That?
A panel of actors beyond retirement age talk about their careers. At a time when most professionals have given up work, most actors prefer to keep working. What are the challenges for an older person working full time?

Panel: Brendan Conroy, Clive Geraghty & Stella McCusker


Friday November 26th @ 11am

In The Room | Part 1
“Habit is a great deadener” Samuel Beckett
A panel of three directors will discuss how certain habits of actors create difficulties for them in the rehearsal room.

Panel: Conor Hanratty, Mark Lambert and Lynne Parker


Friday December 10th @ 11am

In The Room | Part 2
A panel composed of a producer, a director and a casting director will talk about how actors might optimize their chances of getting a job, and will outline some common behaviors or habits that create a negative impact.

Panel: Maureen Hughes, Maura O’Keeffe and Lynne Parker


Admission is free but attendance is limited. To book a place, email [email protected] or call 01-6770014.

These sessions will be recorded and will be available on Irish Theatre Institute’s YouTube Channel.

Friday Forums are presented by Fight2Flight in collaboration with Smock Alley and with Irish Theatre Institute’s ACCELERATE Programme funded by Rethink Ireland’ and The Arts Council of Ireland