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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance


Dr Misha Myers



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This practical, performance based unit is the first unit in the Performance Minor, and investigates the processes of making and theorising performance. It focuses on various elements of performance, including technical knowledge, stage-management, acting, and devising and students may choose their area of specialization. Each week students will complete short performance exercises exploring a particular element of performance. They will then proceed to make a self-initiated work drawing on the ideas and practices of the weekly sessions. In addition there will be several guided performance projects throughout the semester, led by industry practitioners. As well as practical projects, students will undertake readings, presentations, and work on portfolios to demonstrate their integration of the theories of performance into their practical research.


Upon successful completion of the unit students should:

  1. Be creative scholars who understand the relationship between theory and practice in performance
  2. Be able to investigate and problem solve in a number of elements of performance through theoretical analysis and practical realisation.
  3. Be responsible and effective collaborators who demonstrate effective communication skills, exhibit ethical behaviour, and understand the cultural context of their practice.
  4. Be aware of the technical complexity of performance, and understand the need for life-long learning to build on the foundations laid in this unit
  5. Show a growing awareness of current contemporary performance practice.
  6. Be aware of the context of contemporary industry practice and will actively be engaging with it.


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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