Faculty of Arts

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance


Associate Professor Jane Griffiths



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit introduces students to developments in 20th Century actor training, focusing on vocal and physical techniques for character building and theatrical embodiment.


Students successfully completing this Unit will develop:

  1. basic skills in kinaesthetic awareness in performance contextualised by (readings in) various approaches to contemporary physical performance
  2. an embodied understanding of the basic performance elements of movement, dynamic interaction/ensemble work, space, image and composition
  3. embodied approaches to character and text
  4. skills and capacities in devising short performance works drawing on foundational physical work and improvisation
  5. creative and critical reflection upon and articulation of body-based skills and strategies in performance


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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