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THEA252 The Actor

The study of the actor's processes through an investigation of Stanislavsky's system for actors and its subsequent developments.

This popular and enjoyable paper looks at a range of Western actor training methods. Classes are taught as practical workshops, and you will have the opportunity to put the ideas you learn into practice in a performed scene study.

Paper title The Actor
Paper code THEA252
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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THEA 151 or THEA 102
THEA 212
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Hilary Halba
Paper Structure
Teaching is done in weekly laboratory workshops, and assessment includes written and verbal analysis as well as performance.
Teaching Arrangements
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and 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
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Identify actor training methods from significant Western practitioner-theorists
  • Perform a scripted scene employing central principles of those practitioner-theorists
  • Comparatively analyse differences between approaches of selected acting practitioner-theorists
  • Write reflectively about the development of certain script-based actor training techniques

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
T3 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T4 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
T5 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T6 Wednesday 10:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41