PERF06062 2013 Acting 1 Introduction to Acting

General Details

Full Title
Acting 1 Introduction to Acting
Transcript Title
Acting 1
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

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.

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 Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box workshops, rehearsals, studio theatre performance 6 Weekly 6.00
Individual Diary / Log Book Not Specified Reflective Practice Journal 0 Weekly 0.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

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.  

Other Resources

Black Box space

Additional Information