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THT1004 Acting and Interpretation

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: David Burton


Enrolment is not permitted in THT1004 if THE1021 has been previously completed.


The skills and techniques applied in interpreting scenes for performance are utilised by professional artists working as creatives or performers in conceiving, generating, developing and producing performance material and theatre-related creative practice. In the modern context, practitioners working from community through all levels of professional practice in live and digital mediums acquire and apply a working understanding of these skills and knowledge to operate effectively and adaptively across a broad range of contemporary creative practice and contexts. This course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and techniques applied to the interpretation of text required for rehearsal and performance. Course learning outcomes are fundamental to theatre practice across a wide range of related career paths. Students engage in collaborative practice-led work throughout the semester to negotiate iterations of text/scene/character interpretation and development towards in-house performance outcomes.

This course introduces students to the interpretive techniques and principles of the Stanislavski System. The Stanislavski System is the basic methodology for professional performance interpretive work in live and digital mediums across the Western hemisphere. Students learn principle approaches to the dramaturgical analysis of text preparatory to applying a range of rehearsal techniques for scene and character development. Under guided supervision, students also apply the theories and techniques of a variety of pedagogues and practitioners to augment Stanislavski-driven scene/character development and more appropriately reflect a range of professional work methodologies. Through negotiating iterative explorative rehearsal techniques students learn concomitant reflective practice skills as the basis for professional creative process. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in performance training linked to real-world industry training experiences Throughout the semester students work independently and collaboratively on several published texts and present the outcomes of their process in in-house performance. The learning achieved in this course establishes a foundation of knowledge and practice upon which a range of professional creative career paths can be constructed.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply interpretive techniques and analysis
  2. inhabit constructed circumstance of scene and character
  3. Work effectively within supervised, unsupervised collaborative and independent contexts
  4. Apply reflective practice integral to work processes and ongoing iterative planning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Applied theory and techniques of textual analysis for creative practice in studio contexts 25.00
2. Applied techniques and approaches for exploration of scene and character in rehearsal contexts 25.00
3. Build confidence in skills and approaches for immersion in the constructed circumstances of scene and character in performance contexts 25.00
4. Engage iterative evaluation and reflective practice as a component of creative practice and professional management, increasing the actor’s range of employability. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Benedetti, R 2014, The Actor in You: Twelve Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting, Pearson Publishing.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Date printed 10 February 2023