School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    The Actor in Ensemble
  • Unit Code

    ACT2001
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Glenda LINSCOTT

Description

This unit enables the student actor to perform entire roles in studio/workshop productions for an audience and over short performance seasons. The unit includes an extended rehearsal period, a technical week and a performance week. The plays are of varying genre and style and sometimes it may be necessary to double cast or share a role. The director will guide the ensemble through the process and the staff in acting, movement and voice will also assist. The unit requires the development of an acting process through rehearsal toward a polished performance in a production seen by the public.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Address idiosyncratic habits that impede performance.
  2. Apply standard theatre practice rigorously to the work in the rehearsal, production and performance phases of a production.
  3. Develop a detailed approach to character.
  4. Evaluate the breakthroughs and shortcomings of each production (written and oral).
  5. Integrate imaginative choices in movement and voice to the work in the ensemble.
  6. Link the research, text analysis and social context of the play.
  7. Perform with the ability to contact and affect your scene partner.

Unit Content

  1. Demonstrate sound professional etiquette: a) the necessary timelines; lines learnt, notes incorporated; b) punctuality and courtesy to others working on the show; c) incorporation of notes and blocking quickly; and d) arrive to all rehearsals with previous work consolidated and the current scenes prepared.
  2. Evaluate and analyse the work in each production.
  3. Prepare and research for a role.
  4. Rehearse with flexibility and imaginative engagement.
  5. Synthesise acting, movement and voice into a performance.
  6. Three plays will be rehearsed and performed in a studio/workshop production to the public.
  7. Written self assessment.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Rehearsals and performance for public in short season, Collegial and collaborative interaction with students and staff in the areas of stage and production management, lighting, set and costume discussion, and front of house as appropriate to production, Critical feedback after each production with a panel
Seminars with visiting artists and industry people.
Guest and resident professional directors

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
PerformancePerformance 1
PerformancePerformance 2
PerformancePerformance 3
PerformanceEvaluation and professional behaviour
Reflective PracticeWritten self assessment (on one show)

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    The Actor in Ensemble
  • Unit Code

    ACT2001
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    2
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Ms Glenda LINSCOTT

Description

This unit enables the student actor to perform entire roles in studio/workshop productions for an audience and over short performance seasons. The unit includes an extended rehearsal period, a technical week and a performance week. The plays are of varying genre and style and sometimes it may be necessary to double cast or share a role. The director will guide the ensemble through the process and the staff in acting, movement and voice will also assist. The unit requires the development of an acting process through rehearsal toward a polished performance in a production seen by the public.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Address idiosyncratic habits that impede performance.
  2. Apply standard theatre practice rigorously to the work in the rehearsal, production and performance phases of a production.
  3. Develop a detailed approach to character.
  4. Evaluate the breakthroughs and shortcomings of each production (written and oral).
  5. Integrate imaginative choices in movement and voice to the work in the ensemble.
  6. Link the research, text analysis and social context of the play.
  7. Perform with the ability to contact and affect your scene partner.

Unit Content

  1. Demonstrate sound professional etiquette: a) the necessary timelines; lines learnt, notes incorporated; b) punctuality and courtesy to others working on the show; c) incorporation of notes and blocking quickly; and d) arrive to all rehearsals with previous work consolidated and the current scenes prepared.
  2. Evaluate and analyse the work in each production.
  3. Prepare and research for a role.
  4. Rehearse with flexibility and imaginative engagement.
  5. Synthesise acting, movement and voice into a performance.
  6. Three plays will be rehearsed and performed in a studio/workshop production to the public.
  7. Written self assessment.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Rehearsals and performance for public in short season, Collegial and collaborative interaction with students and staff in the areas of stage and production management, lighting, set and costume discussion, and front of house as appropriate to production, Critical feedback after each production with a panel
Seminars with visiting artists and industry people.
Guest and resident professional directors

Assessment

GS2 GRADING SCHEMA 2 Used for performance and/or practical based units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescription
PerformancePerformance 1
PerformancePerformance 2
PerformancePerformance 3
PerformanceEvaluation and professional behaviour
Reflective PracticeWritten self assessment (on one show)

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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