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Fundamentals of Acting FPB133




This unit is a practical and theoretical exploration of historical and contemporary acting methodologies. Fundamentals of Acting will commence with contemporary performance style and techniques and move back through key developments in acting methods in the twentieth century. The unit will explore influential methods and theories of acting developed by practitioners and theorists including Lehmann, Bogart, Littlewood, Brook, Mnouchkine, Grotowski, Brecht, Stanislavski, Chekhov, Meyerhold and Siddons, and conclude with early nineteenth-century melodramatic acting techniques.

The unit will explore how the actor’s craft has developed historically, and how theories and actor training has been informed by leading actors, directors and playwrights, and by social and cultural trends. You will learn to enact and analyse acting styles and techniques. You will use embodied learning to analyse the contrasts between historical and contemporary acting methodologies.


Unit name Fundamentals of Acting
Unit code FPB133
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law & Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Theatre

Dr Jane Woollard

Teaching staff

Dr Jane Woollard and other staff tbc

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate embodied knowledge of the history of the actor’s craft, and how performance has been transformed by its social, cultural and architectural contexts.
  2. Critically analyse the development of performance methods and style in relation to the social, cultural and historical contexts from which they emerged.
  3. Develop foundational performance skills which can be applied to further study in the performing arts.
  4. Apply knowledge of acting styles and methods appropriate to performance contexts and material.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $805.00 2018: $2,284.00 100103

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • FPB103


Teaching Pattern

3 hours per week for 12 weeks


Assessment task 1: Work-in-progress showing of short scene (30%);

Assessment task 2: Comparative performance (40%);

Assessment task 3: Reflective essay and documentation (30%)

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