Performing Arts School

Performing Arts School

Blue Teapot Performing Arts School is an accredited provider of training for people aged 18 and over with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. Founded in 2010, it was specifically set up to address the needs of those learners who want to gain formal training and certification in QQI creative modules.


Research showed us that, traditionally, learners with an intellectual disability don’t attend conventional theatre schools in Ireland. We recognised the need for this provision to be made available.


In addition to our performance arts school programme,  we have developed a Life Skills programme with modules focused on interpersonal skills, healthy lifestyle & fitness, online safety, communications and Level 2 Non Verbal Communication.


Our tutors are all subject matter experts with a wealth of experience in creative arts. We are privileged to work with some of the very best in Ireland in their own careers – directors, playwrights, actors, artists and musicians.


The school’s ethos is to give all our students a quality arts experience of equal importance to that of achieving required learning outcomes.

It’s A Cert – You’ll Love Our School!

About The Programme & How To Apply

We are enrolling new students every September but we keep numbers small to ensure every student gets a high quality learning experience.


The three year programme offers access to training in performing arts component modules leading to certification in QQI Levels 2 & 3.


Year One focusCore skills are introduced with a Level 2 General Learning Major Award Modules in Drama, Music, Art & Design, Craft, Non Verbal Communication and Pattern & Relationship.


Year Two – Develop skills; Foundation Level 3 programme that deepens core skills learnt in year one with inclusion of Drawing, Music Appreciation and Event Participation.


Year Three – Practice skills: Continuation in all Level 3 modules. Opportunities to perform or learn backstage work is also included in the final year prior to graduation.



Life Skills programme is a central component of the course, incorporating online safety, health & fitness, interpersonal skills and person centred outcomes. In addition, learners experience dance, theatre visits, singing & vocal classes, film studies and help with IT and general literacy.




  1. Application Form: candidates submit completed application forms DOWNLOAD BELOW by post or by emailing


  1. Interview: we explore candidate’s interest in performing arts practice, and what they hope to gain from the programme. The interview lasts for 30-40 minutes.


  1. Audition: all candidates are invited to attend an audition day where they take part in different group workshops.


  1. Decision: final decision is made by the Audition Panel and places are offered.


Further general information can be found in our brochure here or  by contacting Ana Alvarez/Judith Wolf at 087 652 0146 or via email  

Graduation Ceremony

Blue Teapot Graduation Ceremony featured on RTÉ news – Nov 2016



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