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COURTESY OF JOSEPH LENNON

Students
participate
in a summer
internship
exchange
program with the
Abbey Theatre in
Dublin, Ireland.

going to plays, and meeting producLennon says Villanova's exchange
ers, writers, directors, and costume
program started five years ago with
designers as they can," Lennon says.
one-day workshops at the Abbey,
This past summer, six students
which is Ireland's national theater.
from University College in DubIt has since expanded to include the
lin were given scholarships to take
internships, which run for six weeks
part in the program, furthering the
for undergraduates and eight weeks
international exchange. "We felt the
for graduate students.
dynamic between the Irish students
The Abbey's productions focus
and the American students was so
on social and contemporary issues,
important that we wanted to fund
another common theme found in
Joseph Lennon
them to come," Lennon says. "They
programs outside the United States.
Many of the Abbey's shows focus on gender, politics, and teach each other, and people from different cultures have
the often-fractious relationship between the Ireland's an opportunity to learn a lot from each other."
Lennon says interest in the program continues to grow,
Catholic and Protestant communities.
"The purpose of the national theatre is to reflect the especially among graduate students who receive scholnation and to give the nation something to think about," arships from a Villanova endowment. Students want to
Lennon says. "Theatre is used as a teaching tool for ex- make contacts internationally and gain "practical crosspression and self-actualization. They ask what can art do over knowledge as they go from academics to working
to reflect contemporary social issues, rather than merely theater professionals."
"In the arts, that's the big draw of the program," Lennon
provide entertainment."
As part of the program, students complete their read- says. "They get to listen to me on campus at the beginning,
ing online before going abroad. Once in Dublin, they but the real appeal is for them to meet people working in
spend three weeks taking classes in the mornings, work- the national theatre and see how they do it. It's an opporing on one of three tracks (writing, acting/directing, and tunity for hands-on experiential learning."
general theatre) in the afternoons, and seeing shows at
night. At the end of the intensive, students perform in An "Authentic Context for Learning"
workshops at the Abbey for women recovering from ad- David Montgomery, the adviser for New York Universidiction and abuse, then the graduate students spend an ty's dual certification degree in theater and social studies,
additional two to three weeks in Galway completing a has taken students on study abroad programs to London,
research project at Ireland's national archives. All of the Dublin, Brazil, and Puerto Rico over the past decade. He
work for the internships is then completed online.
says the students sometimes struggle with the travel"We front load the internships for a month because ing and language barriers, but most call the experience
we want them to spend as much time practicing theatre, "transformative and life changing."

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From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Brief
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