Module code: ACT1033

Module Overview

Students will be expected to arrive on time and appropriately prepared for physical and vocal work. Research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of some of the modules aims. Students are required to warm up and dress appropriately for classes.


The Actor in Rehearsal offers an opportunity for integration of principles and skills from across the programme. Like a canvas the actor may use the rehearsal room to experiment with and apply their training in relation to different theatrical forms and rehearsal processes.


The work explored in Acting Fundamentals 1, Collaborative Principles and Embodied Voice and Movement will provide you with the beginnings of process necessary for practical, embodied engagement with the module. 


This rehearsal Module offers the actor an opportunity to work with a tutor/director on scenes from Historical Naturalism. Ibsen, Gorky, Chekhov, Strindberg.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 74

Practical/Performance Hours: 76

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Scenes will be selected from plays by writers including, but not limited to – Chechov, Ibsen, Gorky, Strindberg.

  • Plays and scenes will be selected and cast by the Tutor in consultation with the Programme Leader, to offer tailored challenges to the particulr cohort.

  •  The focus of the module is on the process of the actor. A presentation of the scenes at the end of the project is designed to offer a finishing point. Hoever, it is important to note that the scene presentation is sharing of process and is not speparatly assesed.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continual Assessment with a sharing of work 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a growing understanding of embodied actor process in relation to rehearsal and text.

The module is continually assessed through teaching block 2.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of continuous assessment of the preparation, rehearsal and showing of scenes from Historical Naturalism.

Formative assessment and feedback will be given through a session in the middle of teaching block 2. Formative feedback will also occur during practical sessions on a verbal basis. The feedback will usually be in a group context, but may sometimes happen one to one with the tutor.

Module aims

  • Introduce the key principles of:
    • Actor Process.
    • Character.
    • Imagination and Play.
    • Observation, Awareness and Attention.
    • Space.
    • Time.
    • Action (Inner /Outer), Units of Action, Objective and Super-Objective. (Acting as Doing)
    through a range of experiential rehearsal approaches.
  • • Introduce the key principles and to provide students with key vocabulary and terminology of Stanislavski's system and the work of Jacques Leqoc.
  • • Inspire an open, generous and playful approach to the practical and analytical tools of the actor.
  • • Introduce research and text analysis skills through the exploration of a range of acting methodologies – With an emphasis on the actors’ journey towards embodiment and the living expression of knowledge.
  • • Develop imagination, sensation and a quality of immersion in the world of the play.
  • • Explore the nature of the relationship between the actor/individual and character.
  • • Encourage the development of strategies for practical rehearsal exercises.
  • • Encourage the development of an embodied personal artistic process.
  • • Develop an understanding of and relationship with text.
  • • Engender an appreciation of the uncertainty of knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Begin making embodied choices relating to character and actions in pursuit of objectives within a set of given circumstances. KP
002 • Demonstrate greater physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space. KP
003 • Evidence the beginings of a personal rehearsal process. PT
004 • Appraise the responsibilities of the artist in the creative environment and the need for sensitivity in relation to others CPT
005 • Practise successful collaborative and autonomous working processes. KPT
006 • Demonstrate the ability to engage in research and analysis of performance texts – With an emphasis on the actors’ journey towards embodiment and the living expression of knowledge. CK
007 • Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within the work. KP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Give a practical understanding of the key concepts that underpin the acting training across the programme.

Place an emphasis on the practical development of embodied skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession.

Enable students to acquire an open, generous, versatile actor process and integrate their knowledge across acting disciplines all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study at Level 5.


Through the rehearsal context give students the chance to begin to integrate skills from other modules in Teaching block 1 and to develop rehearsal room etiquette and approaches.



The learning and teaching methods include:


Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions following traditional formats.
Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.
64 hours of practical workshop
12 hours of rehearsal and performance

74 hours for self-reflection, research, documentation and class preparation time.

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.

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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 2.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory 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 2019/0 academic year.