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THT2001 The Creative Actor

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: THT1004


Contemporary theatre workers need the knowledge and skills to apply the principles of story generation, structure, development and production as a foundation to wide ranging professional practice. Concomitant to that capability are the organisational, communication, problem-solving, reflective practice and collaborative skills fundamental to independent models of practice. This course introduces students to the principles of screenplay story structure, and the broad precepts of comedy. Through weekly cumulative workshops, students acquire and apply the principles of story and comedy to the generation of original and adapted work. Weekly supervised workshop processes enable students to acquire and apply skills and knowledge for evaluating and developing work-in-progress towards final performance outcomes. Students negotiating this course gain a formative understanding of the architecture of story and story construction and the processes involved in developing professional performance product. In the performance of work generated, students further their understanding and application of interpretive and performance skills in the live and digital mediums.

A weekly lecture and tutorial process enables students to acquire and apply knowledge of story and comedy structure to the development of new and adapted material. An ensuing weekly-supervised workshop involves students in the acquisition and iterative application of professional dramaturgical skills and knowledge in testing, evaluating and developing original material towards performance. Working in supervised and independent contexts, students negotiate assigned and/or voluntary production and performance roles to actualize performance outcomes in appropriate digital and/or live modes. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in performance training linked to real-world industry training experiences. The portfolio assessment contributes specifically to student emerging professional practice.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 4 October 2023