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    The nature and philosophy of voice and movement in communication, and the development of personal awareness and requisite skills through practical training.

    Voice and movement are fundamental to the way we communicate with the world. These modes of expression are in turn linked to the wider notions of gender and representation. This paper introduces theories, issues and skills related to communication, with a practical focus on the development and refinement of body and voice as a "performance instrument".

    About this paper

    Paper title Voice and Movement
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Suzanne Little

    Paper Structure

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


    The THEA 153 course reader can be purchased from the University print shop at the beginning of the semester and will be available on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:

    • A greater sense of bodily and vocal self-awareness
    • A set of exercises that they can utilise to continue to train and develop their performance instrument
    • An understanding as to how vocal and physical qualities may be read as text and an awareness of the importance of our primary communication device
    • An awareness of their current vocal and physical limitations and habitual tensions
    • A vocal technique to support the speaking of the text


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
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