ACP207 - Director's Workshop

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kate Hunter
Cohort rule:Nil

Must have completed one credit point at level 1 from ACD, ACI, ACP or ACV coded units plus any other level 1 unit

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit provides students with practical strategies for reading and rehearsing dramatic texts for performance. It explicates various approaches to textual analysis with a focus on the relationships between dramatic codes and conventions and their theatrical counterparts. More specifically, the unit will analyse the dramatic elements of plot, story, character, theme and language with reference to different modes of rehearsal and actor/director relationship with reference to systems of rehearsal developed by Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski as well as contemporary practitioners such as Robert LePage, Robert Wilson and Tadashi Suzuki. It will also examine the strengths and limitations of these systems for post dramatic and devised performance. Students will also engage with close readings of key realistic and non-realistic dramatic texts of the last
120-years (primarily from the Western tradition of dramatic literature), and participate in workshops exercises designed to develop practical approaches to researching and developing characters for performance. The unit will also focus on the roles of the director and dramaturg in contemporary performance.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Work collaboratively to create and communicate systematic rehearsal programs for theatre production that draw on techniques pioneered by significant historical and contemporary theatre directors

GLO2: Communication
GLO7: Teamwork


Work collaboratively to analyse scripts and plays in order to realise them in performance

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO7: Teamwork


Critically analyse dramatic texts to create and communicate characters for performance

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically evaluate key rehearsal techniques and challenges to define and explore strategies and solutions for conducting rehearsal programs for theatre production

GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Take Home Test 800 words
or equivalent
20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2: Research Paper 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3: Performance Project 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACP207 
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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