Over the past five years, the Ad Astra Performing Arts Group has grown in number from 6 to 19 scholars. The group currently comprises 7 actors and 12 musicians. Ad Astra musicians and vocalists have performed as the Ad Astra Ensemble in Newman University Church and the National Concert Hall. The Performing Arts scholars have also collaborated as a group on performance pieces such as Yeats' at the Hawk’s Well – a blend of dance, theatre, and musical performance.

Alumni of the Ad Astra Performing Arts Programme are making their mark on the Irish artistic landscape with performances at the Dublin Theatre Festival and in a number of TV and Film productions.

Scholarship Benefits

Ad Astra scholars benefit from a scholarship, mentoring and a range of tailored supports. The value of the scholarship for new scholars entering the programme in September 2017 is €3,000 which can be used to offset the cost of fees, accommodation, or used as a bursary. If wishing to live on campus, Ad Astra scholars may avail of allocated on-campus accommodation and have their scholarship allowance applied in part payment.

In addition to this performing arts scholars receive:

  • the support of a dedicated academic mentor
  • the opportunity to work with experienced performance professionals in seminar and workshop settings
  • access to expert training

The scholarship is tenable for 4 years or for the duration of programme, whichever is the lesser, subject to meeting the criteria for scholarship renewal each year.

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