Module code: ACT1032

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. Story Telling and Ensemble connects us to the fundamentals of community. This rehearsal module begins a process of questioning around physical engagement and the embodiment of narrative. The process is practice-based and involves the whole physical being of the actor in relation to ensemble and the basics of storytelling.  We aim to promote positive working ethics: collaboration, kindness, support, understanding, listening and integrity.

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: 96

Practical/Performance Hours: 54

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • The first half of the Teaching Block will be spent exploring chorus and ensemble physical storytelling.

  • The second half of the Teaching Block will be spent working on a devised ensemble story telling project.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Continuous 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 creator process – in relation to the ensemble and story-telling.

The module is continually assessed through Teaching Block 1.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of continuous assessment of the preparation, devising, rehearsal and showing of a short piece of ensemble storytelling.


Formative assessment and feedback will be given through a session in the middle of teaching block 1. 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

  • • Inspire an open, generous and playful approach to the practical and analytical tools of the actor creator.
  • • Introduce the key principles of:
    - Narrative and Storytelling.
    - Imagination and Play.
    - Ensemble / Breath / Group Impulse.
    - Space.
    - Time.
    - Trust.
    - Risk.
    - Form.
    through a range of experiential approaches and the embodiment of narratives – Created, Sourced and Lived.
  • • Encourage students to engage with a vibrant, truthful and embodied relationship to their imagination.
  • • Engender trust in the ensemble.
  • • Explore the basics of narrative and storytelling.
  • • Engender an appreciation of the uncertainty of knowledge.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
006 • Practise successful collaborative and autonomous working processes. KPT
007 • Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within the work. KP
001 • Begin making embodied choices relating to character, scene, emotion and narrative. KP
002 • Demonstrate greater physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space. KP
003 • Display a willingness to experiment and be innovative. PT
004 • Evidence the beginings of independence and self-reliance within the creative process. PT
005 • Appraise the responsibilities of the artist in the creative environment and the need for sensitivity in relation to others CPT

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 and theoretical 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.

Prepare students to be physically bold and engaged during performance.

Through the rehearsal context give students the chance to begin to integrate skills from other modules in Teaching Block 1.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Practical, skills based and tutor led group sessions.
Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic methods of learning – including use of VLE.
48 hours of practical workshop
6 hours of rehearsal and performance

96 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

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

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 2025/6 academic year.