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THEA151 Improvisation

An introduction to the principles and methods of improvisation through the practical exploration of spontaneity, teamwork, narrative and status.

This paper is both informative and very enjoyable. It will help you to develop the foundational skills of improvisation, including listening and responding, teamwork, expressiveness and non-verbal communication. Improvisation is a core paper for a degree in Theatre Studies, but is also useful for any degree because it helps you to communicate more effectively in a range of contexts.

Paper title Improvisation
Paper code THEA151
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Hilary Halba

Paper Structure
One 2-hour practical performance workshop and one 50-minute tutorial each week.
Teaching Arrangements

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Readings for this paper will be drawn from a variety of textbooks. Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to
  • Identify the core principles of effective improvisation
  • Perform improvisations using these core principles
  • Analyse an improvised performance verbally and in written form

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 10-14, 18-19


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
A3 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22
A4 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 12-13, 17-20
A2 Friday 10:00-10:50 12-13, 17-20
A3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 12-13, 17-20