PERF06065 2013 Acting 3 Acting Techniques and Styles

General Details

Full Title
Acting 3 Acting Techniques and Styles
Transcript Title
Acting 3 Techniques Styles
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, Rhona Trench, 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)

This module is designed to develop practical and intellectual skills to explore a wide range of acting techniques, styles and genres. Research, rehearsal and performance of 20th century texts enable the student to develop the ability to create a believable characterisation in different acting styles and demonstrate a functional knowledge of the systems and theories which inform them: realism, epic theatre and the theatre of the absurd.

Learning Outcomes

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


adhere to the professional requirements of a theatre practitioner


make appropriate and creative use of research


analyse text as a means of defining character and show the ability to take textual references into characterisation


develop a systematic methodology towards characterisation


demonstrate ability to present character in a believable manner within the appropriate style and convention for the selected text


develop skills which will ensure a range of capabilities in voice and movement


take and apply direction


document, reflect on and evaluate the creative process  

Indicative Syllabus

Skills development through acting exercises based on the work of

Constantin Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Bertolt Brecht, Vszevolod Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov, Jerzy Grotowski, Antonin Artaud, Julian Beck, Peter Brook

Practical exploration of acting styles and genres through play texts

Research into the world of the playwright and the play.

Close textual examination of character, relationships and actions.

Research into the performance history of the selected play. Exploration of staging modes.

Rehearsal and performance

Research into 20. century acting theories and practices 

Constantin Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Bertolt Brecht, Vszevolod Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov, Jerzy Grotowski, Antonin Artaud, Julian Beck, Peter Brook

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
2 Practical Evaluation performance Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 5,6,7
3 Continuous Assessment Reflective Practice Journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2,4,8
4 Individual Project research topic Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box workshops, rehearsals, performance 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Adler, Stella. The Art of Acting. Ed. Howard Kissel. NY: Applause, 2000.

Artaud, Antonin. The Theater and Its Double. Grove Press, 2000.

Barba, Eugenio. The Paper Canoe. Routledge, 1994.

Bartow, Arthur ed. Handbook of Acting Techniques. London: Nick Hern Books, 2008.

Benedetti, Jean. The Art of the Actor. NY: Routledge, 2007.

Benedetti, Jean. Stanislavski and the Actor. London: Methuen Drama, 2008.

Berkoff, Steven: The Theatre of Steven Berkoff. London:Methuen Drama, 1992.

Braun, Edward. Meyerhold: A Revolution In Theatre. Methuen. 1998.

Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. NY: Touchstone, 1996.

Brook, Peter. The shifting point.London:Methuen Drama, 1988.

Brook, Peter. There are no secrets: Thoughts on acting and theatre.London:Methuen. 1993.

Chaikin, Joseph. The Presence of the Actor. NY: Theatre Communications Group, 1991.

Chekhov, Michael. To the Actor. New York: Harper & Row, 1953.

Grotowski, Jerzy. Towards a Poor Theatre. Methuen, 1975.

Hagen, Uta. Respect for Acting. New York: Wiley Publishing 1973.

Hethmon, Robert H. ed. Strasberg at the Actors Studio. New York: Theater Communications Group, 1991.

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

Hull, S. Loraine. Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull. Canada: Hull Smithers, 2004.

Kantor, Tadeusz. Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifesto's. University of California Press, 1993.

Leach, R. and Borovsky, V. eds. A History of Russian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Leach, R. Vsevolod Meyerhold. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Leach, Robert. Makers of Modern Theatre. London: Routledge, 2004.

Mamet, David. True and False- Truth and Heresy For The Actor. Faber and Faber, 1998.

Meisner, Sanford, and Dennis Longwell. Sanford Meisner On Acting. NY: Vintage Books, 1987.

Mitter, Shomit. Systems of Rehearsal - Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotwski and Brook. London: Routledge, 1992.

Murray, Simon. Jacques Lecoq. London: Routledge, 2003.

Nemirovich-Danchenko, V. I. My Life in the Russian Theatre. Trans. John Cournos. NY: Theatre Arts Books, 1987.

Pitches, Jonathan. Vsevolod Meyerhold. London: Routledge, 2003.

Richards, Thomas. At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions.London: Routledge, 1995.

Rudlin, John. Jacques Copeau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Rudlin, John and Paul, Norman H. eds and trans. Jacques Copeau: Texts on Theatre.London: Routledge, 1990.

Schmidt, P. ed. Meyerhold at Work. London: Applause, 1996.

Slowiak, James and Jairo Cuesta. Jerzy Grotowski.London: Routledge, 2007.

Stanislavski, Constantin. An Actor Prepares. London: Methuen Drama, 1937/1988.

Stanislavski, Constantin. Building a Character. London: Methuen Drama, 1950/1995.

Stanislavski, Constantin. Creating a Role. London: Methuen Drama, 1981/1998.

Stanislavski, Constantin. An Actor's Handbook. London: Methuen Drama, 1990.

Strasberg, Lee. A Dream of Passion. London: Penguin, 1987.

Zarilli, Phillip B. ed. Acting (Re)Considered. London: Routledge, 1995.

Willett, John ed. Brecht on Theatre. London: Methuen Drama, 1964.

Willett, John. The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht. London:Methuen Drama, 1977.

Other Resources

break away space for the students

classroom material: props

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