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    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 and a monologue.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Actor
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    THEA 102 or 151
    THEA 212
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Hilary Halba

    Paper Structure

    Teaching is done in weekly laboratory workshops, and assessment includes written and verbal analysis as well as performances.

    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.
    Course outline

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

    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 and a monologue 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
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