THSTS202-19B (HAM)

Theatre Workshop

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Theatre Studies and Dance

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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: tine.thomsen@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Current discourses around actor training and the work of key practitioners will be explored, including Barba, Zarrilli, and Grotowski. Practical workshops and seminar discussion groups will be contextualised by historical and theoretical reading that explores the landscape of actor training and laboratory theatre.

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Paper Structure

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Classes employ a mixture of discussion and practical exercises in a workshop setting. It is important to attend all classes, to come to class well prepared and be willing to participate fully in the practical work and discussions.

The practical workshops delivered as part of this paper will be physically active in nature, and it is therefore necessary to wear appropriate clothing that will allow freedom and ease of movement. Denim clothing is not suitable due to its restrictive nature. Students will be required to work in bare feet.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of current discourses and trends of actor training.
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  • 2. Identify and articulate the relationship between theory and practice within actor training, in writing, in oral communication, and by practical demonstration.
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  • 3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of a range of actor training methodologies inspired by key practitioners, in writing, in oral communication, and by practical demonstration.
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  • 4. Apply understanding of pedagogies and actor training methodologies by planning and delivering an actor training workshop for a peer group.
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  • 5. Evaluate and analyse principles of actor training from key practitioners in written form and by practical demonstration.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Written Assignment 1. Manifesto.
14 Aug 2019
4:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. WA 2 - Plan and rationale
6 Sep 2019
4:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Actor training workshop.
20
  • In Class: In Workshop
4. Viva.
20
5. Tutorial Contribution
10
  • In Class: In Tutorial
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Students need to purchase the THST202-19B course reader before the first class. Please remember to bring the reader to each class, as we will be referring to it throughout the course.

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Recommended Readings

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Barba, E and Savarese, N (1994) A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology. London :Routledge.

Benedetti, J. (1998) Stanislavsky and the Actor: The Method of Physical Action. Methuen. London.

Boal, A (2002) 2nd edition. Games for actors and non actors. New York. Routledge.

Britton, J (2013) Encountering Ensemble. London. Bloomsbury Methuen.

Callery, D (2001) Through the Body. London: Nick Hern Books.

Cuesta, J. and Slowiak, J. (2007) Jerzy Grotowski. Routledge. Oxon.

Dennis, A (2002) The Articulate Body: The Physical Training of the Actor. London: Nick Hern Books.

Evans, M (2009) Movement Training and the Modern Actor. London: Routledge.

Hodge, A (2010) Actor Training. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.

Lecoq, J. (2000) The Moving Body; Teaching Creative Theatre. Methuen Publishing Limited, London.

Lecoq, J (2006) The Theatre of Movement and Gesture. London: Routledge.

Marshall, L. (2001) The Body Speaks. Methuen Publishing Ltd. London.

Murray, S and Keefe, J. (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge.

Murray, S and Keefe, J. (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader. London: Routledge.

Murray, S (2003) Jacques Lecoq. London: Routledge.

Schino, M (2009) Alchemists of the Stage: Theatre Laboratories in Europe. Denmark: Icarus.

Tufnell, M and Crickmay, C. (1993) Body, Space, Image. London: Routledge.

Zarrilli, P.B. (2002) Acting (Re)Considered: a Theoretical and Practical Guide. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Zarrilli, P.B (2009) Psychophysical Acting: An Intercultural Approach After Stanislavsky. Routledge, London.

Zarrilli, P.B, Daboo, J, Loukes, R (2013) Acting: Psychophysical Phenomenon and Process. London. Palgrave Macmillan.

Zinder, D. (2002) Body, Voice, Imagination: A training for the actor. London: Routledge.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle presence for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.

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Workload

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The paper involves 3-4 hours a week of contact teaching time, and will require approximately another 12 hours a week of independent study time to complete preparation for classes, undertake research, plan and participate in workshops and to complete the assessments for the paper.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: THSTS101 or THST101, or with the Programme Convenor's approval.

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: THST302

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