Module code: THE3023

Module Overview

This module introduces and offers in-depth and tailored practical knowledge into one or several particular acting system(s) selected out of a range of complex and sophisticated techniques, competencies and approaches to theatre acting. Depending on the interests of the students and on the speciality and expertise of the module’s tutor, attention and focus will be placed each year on a carefully curated selection of various Western and non-Western traditions, styles and genres, including (for example) Michael Chekhov, Commedia dell’Arte, Bouffon, Clown, Lecoq, Anthropological Theatre, Viewpoints, Meyerhold’s biomechanics or Buto.

These may include or draw on physical preparation, awareness and in-depth investigation of body, voice and speech techniques, inner life, characterisation and atmosphere. 

The module provides the students with an opportunity to develop, refine and hone their own performance training, drawing inspiration from existing Western and non-Western acting models and systems; enabling students to develop self-agency, autonomy and critical awareness. The module also establishes the importance of focus, discipline, rigor and inner attitude in the work of the actor.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • The Acting: Advanced Practice module offers an in-depth and tailored practical enquiry into one or several sophisticated and intricate acting techniques, competencies and traditions, stemming from either Western and / or non-Western theatre, giving the students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with intercultural theatre, anthropological theatre and alternative theatrical traditions.

It will also focus on the importance of informed self-awareness, focus, rigor, discipline and inner attitude.

  • The modules will address such areas as:

    • textual analysis

    • rehearsal processes

    • physical preparation/body training

    • voice and speech training

    • characterisation and atmosphere

    • the actor’s role in creative processes and performance

  • The module will encourage students to reflect on the significance of one or several sophisticated acting system(s) and method(s) and to creatively and imaginatively inform, develop and then articulate their knowledge and understanding of the field within the realm of specific creative constraints of given genres and forms.

  • The module will involve students working with one or more existing play texts and key acting textbooks to focus their enquiry, with the awareness that techniques can be applied in a range of very different and often unfamiliar scenarios. Through a tailored mode of teaching, tutorial and delivery, the students will be encouraged to develop and hone their own acting style and techniques, relying on the pursuit of their interest and existing skillset while allowing them to develop and further their own preferred acting methods and trainings.

Acting systems are examined further through themed sessions referring to the work of specific companies and practitionners: The following companies and / or practitioners are given here by way of example:

  • Gordon Craig

  • Michael Chekhov

  • Tadeuz Kantor

  • Vsevolod Meyerhold

  • Bertolt Brecht

  • Jerzy Grotowski

  • Jacques Lecoq

  • Eugenio Barba

  • Ohno Kazuo

  • Peter Brook

  • Ariane Mnouchkine

  • Anne Bogart/SITI

  • Augusto Boal

  • Robert Wilson

  • The Performance Group and Richard Schechner

  • New York City Players and Richard Maxwell

  • Romeo Castellucci

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment A SCENE OR SHORT PERFORMANCE 100

Alternative Assessment

Solo Performance (Individual)                 100% (2-3 minutes)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: first-hand knowledge experience of key 20th and 21st century’s Western and / or non-Western acting tradition(s), style(s) and method(s); pursue practice as a means of interrogating into and understanding specific forms of acting systems, traditions and trainings; and being able to engage with presentational formats.

Thus, the performance outcome will address directly the relationship between the focus of the module and questions of acting styles, methods and trainings.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students are to present their final performance at the end of the semester. Prior to this, there are three sessions dedicated to supervised and mentored devising and rehearsals during which the students are encouraged to show their findings to the teacher and share concerns, thoughts and feedback in an informal setting.

Group discussions and readings as well as weekly short performances provide the opportunity to set students' individual research as well as practical collaborations within a larger critical context and to recognise that the terrain of the module is marked by specific examples of individual practice and focused case studies. The exploratory and advanced nature of the work should be evident in the form of the public presentation negotiated and developed under supervision by students individually or collaboratively. 

Module aims

  • Further students' engagement with a selection of complex Western and non-Western acting techniques and traditions
  • Facilitate an understanding of the relationship between theatrical text and performance, specific to the development of character and atmosphere on stage
  • Develop techniques of creative and imaginative expression in the performance of coherent, complex characters and atmosphere
  • Develop techniques of effective communication while on stage

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Show an ability to work with a practice-based knowledge of training, acting, and devising
002 Show critical awareness and engage with one or several sophisticated acting style(s) and method(s) through discussion, presentation and performances  K
003 Develop thoughtful creative processes and understanding of acting styles and traditions in performance K
004 Learn to integrate cross-disciplinary, intercultural, contextual approaches to traditional and contemporary Western and non-Western acting styles and methods KC
005 Demonstrate a creative and embodied engagement, through performance exercises and presentation, with one or several sophisticated acting style(s) and method(s) and use those as a foundation from which to develop original performance material KC
006 Present a character and create an atmosphere that reflect creative and imaginative engagement in technique and, to some extent, reveal both coherence and complexity of characterization P
007 Show an ability to work in rehearsals with different directors and facilitators, in different styles P
008 Relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups and to initiate and sustain creative, analytic and interpretative work within strict time limits and basic technical competence P
009 Express and communicate creative ideas and images; ability to initiate and sustain creative work, both group and solo P P
010 Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to improve communication skills and analytic abilities in discussions PT
011 Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation, to negotiate and manage conflict when appropriate and to demonstrate collaborative and leadership skills when appropriate PT
012 Develop confidence in performance skills and public presentation, both of dramatic practice and researched material PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: enhance knowledge and practice of either Western and / or non-Western acting style(s) and method(s); foster technical and performance skills; and enhance confidence and the ability to articulate and present ideas clearly and effectively.

Indicative learning and teaching methods include: workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals, practical presentations, peer-to-peer learning, independent research and reflection.

The learning and teaching methods will include some combination of the following:

  • 2 hour practical workshop x 8 weeks

  • 2 hour supervised rehearsal x 3 weeks

  • 2 hours students group presentations x 1 week

Completion of the following assignments: practical acting exercises: monologue/ dialogue; solo and group devising and working with directors under supervision.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.