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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.

Paper title The Actor
Paper code THEA252
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41