PERF06086 2019 Acting 1 Introduction to Acting

General Details

Full Title
Acting 1 Introduction to Acting
Transcript Title
Acting 1 Introduction to Actin
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - 0215 Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_ADESI_H08 202500 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen SG_GPERS_S06 202400 Certificate in Personal and Vocational Development SG_GLIFF_S06 202400 Certificate in Life Skills and Vocational Development

This module is designed to: establish a foundation in acting for stage; introduce the learner to professional work and rehearsal practice; introduce the learner to different approaches and styles of acting; establish team work to form a creative ensemble; explore the preparation process for auditions.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


demonstrate the understanding of the requirements of the theatre practitioner's professional conduct - attendance, punctuality, commitment, discipline, reliability, concentration, readiness to work, management of personal workload


demonstrate the understanding of the theatre process and the collaborative relationship of the actor to his/her fellow theatre artists: directors, playwrights, designers and producers; work co-operatively as part of a creative team


demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of characterisation, text and the acting space; identify individual vocal and movement skills requirements


demonstrate the understanding of the importance of improvisation and apply to creative process


engage in reflection on developing skills, knowledge and understanding.


Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic principles of the Michael Chekhov technique with particular emphasis on "Making Contact", Body -Imagination - Emotion.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Principles of technique are embodied through theorised praxis. Classroom activity is supported by a range of reading materials.

Teaching takes place in a twice weekly workshop setting where the student is guided through a series of group and individual activities designed

to establish an ensemble of actors who can  creatively respond to a given text.

One teaching strategy is to introduce the core concepts from the Michael Chekhov Technique so that the language subsequently used in following semesters is clearly understood moving forward.

Students keep reflective journals of their activities.


Module Assessment Strategies

Students are continuously assessed on attendance ,contribution, engagement, interest and application to activities and given tasks.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat project is allocated to the student.

Under certain circumstances the exam board may recommend that the student repeat attended.

Indicative Syllabus

Skills development through theatre games and acting exercises

•·         trust, co-operation and team-work

•·         attention, concentration and focus

•·         observation, memory and imagination

•·         sensory awareness

•·         spatial awareness

•·         status, relationships and group dynamics

•·         body and voice as instruments of dramatic expression


•·         rules of improvisation

•·         situation; purpose and attitude; "magic if" and authenticity

•·         role and character; creating a character; "hot-seating"

•·         structure of a scene; rules of structuring; narrative and dramatic; dramatic thinking

•·         dramatic tension and conflict

•·         status; motivation, relationships and power dynamics

•·        text, sub-text and meaning; verbal and non-verbal elements of the dialogue.

Short text-based whole-group performance

Monologue work - The audition process

Research on the work of 20th century theatre practitioners

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Practical Assignment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Performance Space workshops, rehearsals, studio theatre performance 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Reflective Practice Journal 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Performance Space Workshops, rehearsals, studio theatre performance 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Reflective Practice Journal 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2009-10-30 The Michael Chekhov Handbook Routledge
ISBN 9780203872307 ISBN-13 0203872304

'Petit's words go right to the heart of Chekhov's technique ... Anyone looking for a key to understanding more about Michael Chekhov's technique will devour it.' - Jessica Cerullo, Michael Chekhov Association, NYC The Michael Chekhov technique is today seen as one of the most influential and inspiring methods of actor training in existence. In The Michael Chekhov Handbook, Lenard Petit draws on twenty years of teaching experience to unlock and illuminate this often complex technique. Petit uses four sections to guide those studying, working with or encountering Chekhov's approach for the first time: the aims of the technique - outlining the real aims of the actor the principles - acting with energy, imagination and creative power the tools - the actor's use of the body and sensation the application - bringing the technique into practice The Michael Chekhov Handbook's explanations and exercises will provide readers with the essential tools they need to put the rewarding principles of this technique into use. Lenard Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City. He teaches Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Rutgers University. He was a contributor and co-creator of the DVD, Master Classes in The Michael Chekhov Technique, published by Routledge.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Barker, Clive. Theatre Games. London: Methuen Drama, 1977.

Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. London: Routledge, 1992.

Johnston, Chris. House of Games. London: Nick Hern Books, 1998.  

Johnstone, Keith. Impro. London: Methuen Drama, 1994.

Hester, John. Stage Acting Techniques. Whiltshire: The Crowood Press, 2004.

Hodge, Alison ed. Twentieth Century Actor Training. London: Routledge, 2000.  

Powell, Michael. Acting Techniques. London: Methuen Drama, 2010.  

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