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TH1710 - Improvisation and Acting Techniques

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

This subject introduces the student to the specifics of acting as a creative art and to the language of acting and provides them with an understanding of some fundamental acting skills. Students will participate in a series of exercises, improvisations and interactions with partners, learning the essential acting skills such as relaxation, attention and concentration, truth and belief. Students will also work with selected texts.

Learning Outcomes

  • the ability to explore the physical properties of texts through movement and improvisation;
  • basic skills of acting for theatre;
  • the capacity to contribute to performance text-based discussions;
  • skills in making, shaping and re-making dramatic action within the group dynamic and applying these skills towards performance texts;
  • the ability to lead a seminar on selected Meisner acting techniques and exercises.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Robyn Glade-Wright
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: presentations (80%); essays (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.