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Information for Theatre Studies limited entry papers

THEA241 – Writing for Stage and Screen

The study and writing of short plays and screenplays. In this popular paper, you will gain an introduction to the unique requirements of playwriting and screenwriting by writing your own short play, via a variety of exercises designed to sharpen your writer's mind and critical awareness. 

Enrolment in this paper in any year is limited and requires the school's permission. To apply for admission to this limited-entry paper you must submit a completed application form and a sample of creative writing to the School of Performing Arts office by 10 November. Early applications are encouraged, we will consider late applications.  

Limited entry application form (PDF)

THEA341 Advanced Playwriting –  The writing of a full-length play for the stage. 

In this paper you will develop your own 'voice' as a playwright and will craft an original full-length play. 

Enrolment in this paper in any year is limited and requires the school's permission. To apply for admission to this limited-entry paper you must submit a completed application form and a sample of creative writing to the School of Performing Arts office by 10 November. Early applications are encouraged, we will consider late applications.

Limited entry application form (PDF)

THEA351 – Performing Shakespeare

A practical and theoretical study, examining the work of the actor, specifically in relation to the performance and analysis of selected Shakespeare texts. This popular paper has a largely pratical focus. In it you will perform and anlayse selected Shakespeare texts.

Admission to this paper is limited and requires the school's permission, students intending to enrol for this paper must forward a completed application form to the School of Performing Arts office by 23 November. If you have any questions about the paper, please contact Dr Suzanne Little on suzanne.little@otago.ac.nz. Early applications are encouraged, we will consider late applications, especially for Second Semester papers. 

Limited entry application form (PDF)

THEA352 – Directing

An introduction to the role of the director, with emphasis on script analysis and interpretation. Each student will direct a short piece of approximately ten minutes' duration. This popular paper, with a largely practical focus, will give you insight into the role of the theatre director. In addition to lively classroom exercises, each student will direct a short piece.

Admission to this paper is limited and requires the school's permission, students intending to enrol for this paper must forward a completed application form to the School of Performing Arts office by 23 November. Early applications are encouraged, we will consider late applications.

Limited entry application form (PDF)

THEA451 – Advanced Directing

The art of directing, through the study of the work of leading directors and through practical application, including the direction of two short plays. In this full-year paper, you will develop your own 'voice' as a theatre director. You will direct three varied pieces, including one in a non-theatre environment and a Lunchtime Theatre project.

Limited entry application form (PDF)