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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 practical focus. In it you will perform and analyse selected Shakespeare texts.

Paper title Performing Shakespeare
Paper code THEA351
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One of THEA 212, THEA 213, THEA 251, THEA 252
THEA 306
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Admission to THEA351 in any year is limited. Students intending to enrol for this paper must contact Theatre Studies to complete an application form in the November prior to enrolment and arrange an interview. Early applications are encouraged, but late applications may be considered.
Students must apply for entry. Please see Theatre Studies website for application forms and more information.

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Suzanne Little
This paper is predominantly taught by Dr Suzanne Little, with one or two guest lecturers, who vary from year to year.


The THEA 351 course reader can be purchased from the University print shop at the beginning of the semester and is available on Blackboard.

Course outline

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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Analyse and interpret Shakespearean text from the actor's viewpoint
  • Demonstrate vocal technique to support the speaking of the text
  • Work improvisationally to physicalise the text
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of acting in Shakespeare in regard to the creation of characters, situations and relationships
  • Work individually and in groups in rehearsal and performance with discipline and high-level ensemble skills
  • Competently manage the verse structure of Shakespearian texts
  • Demonstrate creative, reflective and critical thinking related to text interpretation and the rehearsal and performance process

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system