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THT1003 Theatre in Communities

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: David Burton


Enrolment is not permitted in THT1003 if THE1003 has been previously completed.


Community theatre is an important vehicle for collective storytelling, global perspectives, political dialogue, and providing an inclusive voice for marginalized groups. As emerging and future theatre makers, teachers, directors, actors and community workers, students will need to have a grasp of fundamental issues about the social and political value of theatre as a pedagogical and community-building form. This course provides foundational skills in workshop development and community capacity building.

This course focuses on a range of historical and recently developed theories and methodologies with a community theatre and critical pedagogic relevance; this includes a range of Indigenous and diverse cultural perspectives. These theories and methodologies are foundational to student development in the study of theatre and as emerging theatre makers.

Students will investigate the structures and working applications of a range of political and cultural activities including a comprehensive introduction to Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed. It will include a collaborative community theatre project with a USQ-based or local group.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. apply critical and cultural literacies used in community generated performance material and based on a range of historical, contemporary, and international models;
  2. build a repository of games and activities that can be applied in a range of theatrical, pedagogical and community circumstances
  3. develop strategies for community capacity building using theatrical methodologies;
  4. collaboratively plan and deliver workshops exploring Boalian principles and for delivery with relevant community groups
  5. apply foundational skills in critical practice and critical reflection


Description Weighting(%)
1. Community Theatre History and the Political: Contesting Definitions, Addressing Absences (Indigenous and diverse perspectives) 10.00
2. The Theatre of the Oppressed: Introduction to Augusto Boal 10.00
3. Applying Boalian Forms: Image Theatre and Workshop Development 20.00
4. Applying Boalian Forms: Forum Theatre 20.00
5. Theatre and Community Capacity Building 10.00
6. Collaborative Community Theatre Project 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Boal A, 1991, The Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre Communications Group, New York.
Boal A, 2002, Games for actors and non-actors, Second edn, Routledge, London.
Many of the plays for this course appear in the Course Readings on Study Desk. It is highly recommended that hard copies be ordered and printed through USQ’s Printing Services.

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

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Planning document No 20 1,2
Assignments Practical Demonstration No 30 1,2
Assignments Creative Performance No 25 3,4
Assignments Written Journal No 25 2,4
Date printed 30 June 2022