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THT1000 Foundation Skills of the Working 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 : 21 March 2023


Theoretic principles and applied skills in vocal practice, physical alignment and body/spatial awareness are fundamental to professional theatre practice. Practicing professional actors appropriately prepared in body/vocal capabilities, apply methodological approaches to momentary collaborative responsiveness as the basis of professional practice. This course aims to establish a foundation of skills and knowledge in vocal, physical and spatial capabilities that underpins all practice-led work encountered throughout the degree and in ensuing professional practice. Students successfully completing this course should possess the skills and theoretic knowledge to self-initiate their continued learning in their discipline of practice. Students should also possess the knowledge and fundamental processes of application to plan for safe body/vocal practice in the workplace.

This course introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and processes of three distinct and inter-related aspects of professional theatre practice at a formative level. In the voice classes, students acquire the knowledge and applied processes of safe vocal production, maintenance and growth. The movement classes guide students through a kinaesthetic awareness of physical alignment, spatial orientation and qualities of energy/rhythm/focus. In improvisation classes, students negotiate the fundamental principles of creative collaboration through physical, narrative and scene structures. Combined, these separate foci prepare students for ongoing iterations and levels of collaborative and creative practice in a range of career path practice and applications. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in performance training linked to real-world industry training experiences. Applied in a supervised work environment. Practice is the laboratory through which reflective analysis is applied and ongoing learning derived.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 External
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 21 March 2023