The Arts Academy, now in its 13th year, is an essential part of any young actor's training. During the course, Bruiser will focus on enhancing performance skills and professional development, equipping students to perform at the best of their ability.
Serious stuff aside, it's a lot of fun too. You'll work with Northern Ireland's best directors, musicians, and dancers to create a showcase performance and show the world what you're made of.
The Arts Academy Level 1 & 2 is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts. With a maximum of 20 places per course, you'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and dancers to help you really hone your skills.
Level 1 is aimed at students aged 14 - 16 who are at the GCSE stage of their education. Level 2 is a more advanced programme for students aged 16 - 18 who are taking A-Levels or equivalent courses. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends - a real chance to show off what you're made of.
If you're passionate about performing, Bruiser would love you to join them for The Arts Academy 2018.
Graduate Academy is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts, who are getting pretty serious about their career. With a maximum of 15 places per course, you'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and dancers to really hone your skills.
You'll also get one on one monologue coaching from a top NI director, and advice from agents and casting directors on landing your first gigs. The Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing to launch their career. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance in front of a host of NI Theatre professionals - a fantastic chance to get spotted!
This new entry-level course is designed for young people who love the idea of performing but might not have had the chance to be on stage before. If you're aged 13 - 16 and want the opportunity to learn some top class performance skills, then The Start Academy is for you.
During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance, all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends. Please note that places are limited and will first be allocated to those without a background in theatre before considering other candidates. We're asking that students are referred to us by their teachers, at school or drama clubs, so that the students with the most potential can join us for this course.
If you're a teacher who knows a pupil who would be perfect for this programme, please get in touch.
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The Bruiser MAC Arts Academy caters for students from the age of 14-21 years. The Graduate Academy is designed for students currently in higher education.
Level 1 & 2 is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts.
Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing to launch their career. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance in front of a host of NI Theatre professionals
For more information, visit the Bruiser Theatre website.
If you are interested in attending, please apply via the Bruiser Theatre website.
We are delighted to announce that Masterpiece for the MAC 2018 is now open and accepting entries.
Masterpiece for the MAC is a province-wide art competition for children that receives hundreds of entries every year. Young artists from all over the province send in their Masterpieces to be judged by a panel of experts.
Our Masterpiece for the MAC annual competition is on the lookout for 12 Masterpieces that will be displayed in the MAC, Belfast’s newest arts venue, as part of a winners’ exhibition in January 2019.
The aim of this competition is to encourage primary school children to interact and be inspired by visual art. It is also an innovative way for the MAC to keep in touch with teachers and pupils across Northern Ireland.
The last Masterpiece for the MAC saw over 600 primary school children from all across Northern Ireland take up the artistic challenge to create their very own Masterpiece.
Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said: “The MAC is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art and encouraging young talent is a vital part of our work and we are delighted with the response which saw a great number of entries from all over Northern Ireland.”
For more information on how to enter your students Masterpiece check out our teacher resource packs here.
The aim of this competition is to encourage primary school children throughout Northern Ireland to interact with and be inspired by visual art.
Any primary school in Northern Ireland was eligible to enter the competition. There are four different competition categories:
We are inviting young artists from primary schools across Northern Ireland to pick up their pencils and paint brushes and send us their amazing artworks as we search for twelve winning Masterpieces for the MAC. There are beautiful prizes to be won and the twelve winning masterpieces will be on display in an exhibition in the MAC in February 2019.
Masterpiece for the MAC is one of the MAC’s outreach projects.
The event is organised by the MAC. There is no fee for taking part but schools are required to cover the cost of their art materials.
Register your class now for Masterpiece for the MAC 2018-19
If you would like to register your class for Masterpiece for the MAC you can fill out and return our Entry Form
For more information you can check out:
Ensuring everyone experiences a magical Christmas at the MAC, we developed 'MACtile Tours'.
We want to give the gift of theatre to all children including those with additional needs. MACtile Tours is centred on our commitment to working with families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The MACtile Tours outreach project was launched in October 2015, and saw specially-trained MAC staff travel to participating schools across Northern Ireland with our ‘Theatre in the Box’.
The tactile box has been designed to take the fear out of a first-time visit to the theatre. It contains visual aids to help children know what to expect when they visit the MAC for the first time.
MACtile Tours is centered on our commitment to working with families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
We work with schools and community groups across Northern Ireland ahead of their visit to the MAC. Last year, almost 750 school children and young people took part in MACtile tours, and we hope to expand on that for our 2018 festive show.
A MACtile Tour starts with a preparation workshop in your classroom, which gives children everything they need to prepare them for a visit to the MAC.
Our specially trained staff will visit your school or community group with our special ‘Theatre in a Box’ that contains a replica model of the MAC theatre, along with tactile and visual aids to help children gain an understanding of what a theatre is, what actors do and what to expect from their first visit.
The next step is that your school will visit the MAC at Christmas to attend a relaxed performance of our Christmas show. The accredited Autism Awareness staff at the MAC will be on hand for the whole visit, and we have a dedicated quiet room that children can visit at any point during the show to take some time. They won't miss out on the show as we show it on a screen in the family room at low volume.
are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, 'the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train'.
Our MACtile workshops are free for schools and community groups who are booking tickets for our Christmas show.
For information on how to book a MACtile workshop & visit for your class, contact our Learning & Participation officer Clare Lawlor.