The Irish College of Music Theatre (IMT) formed with an aim of developing and expanding the current gap in the music theatre training in Ireland. Prior to IMT there were no formal qualifications offered at third level, despite the evident growth of the genre in Ireland, and indeed abroad. IMT recognised the need for an Irish third level accredited conservatory programme to facilitate young performers wishing to pursue a career in musical theatre.
There are many competitors in the UK and further afield where the demand for places on these courses is extremely high. IMT has proven that the potential for a highly successful training environment in Ireland is present and indeed the niche that IMT currently fills. In association with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, IMT proudly implemented the first Diploma in Music Theatre studies on these emerald shores. In April 2016, IMT’s founder and director Deirdre Masterson became Performing Arts Dean at American College Dublin creating Ireland’s first validated BFA and MFA in Musical Theatre.
Deirdre Masterson Head of IMT feels strongly that Irish students should have the option of studying at home with expert tutors at affordable fees in this chosen field.