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THEA153 Voice and Movement

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".

Paper title Voice and Movement
Paper code THEA153
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Dr 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 you can utilise to continue to train and develop your 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 your current vocal and physical limitations and habitual tensions
  • A vocal technique to support the speaking of the text

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41