PhD Arts Practice



“Having returned to Ireland from a 9-year spell with Riverdance (7 of which as Principal dancer) I found myself in a liminal space struggling to find my place as a dancer/choreographer within the wider dance landscape. I had given up my touring life with the intention of questioning my own practice as a contemporary Irish dance artist and what was intriguing me most was the interplay of practice and research. The PhD Arts Practice was the platform to satisfy this inquiry. Four rich years followed filled with creativity, support and stimulating discourse.”

Dr. Breandán De Gallaí, Graduate


“As a music practitioner, finding the balance between academia and performance can be an arduous task in the search for further study. UL has provided this opportunity in the form of the PhD Arts Practice and has embraced the mutli-faceted world of performing arts, merging it with a structured academic programme and has produced a platform from which the artist has a voice both through the medium of practice and research. The world of liturgical music in which I am based can often become marginalised from that of the classical and traditional music world ,however, UL warmly encouraged this field of research and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to pursue and complete the PhD.” 

Dr. Sharon Lyons, Graduate

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