Faculty of Arts


Performance Skills


“In your choice is your talent” – Stella Adler

“There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common” – Jacques Le Coq

“In order to effectively evoke the inner life [of a character], it is vital that actors spend an equal amount of time developing the vehicle for this expression, the physical skills of a flexible and evenly produced voice, a supple and strong body, musical rhythm and controlled, relaxed movement. Equally important is an inquiring mind for history, politics, psychology and culture. It is easy to see why most teachers refer to the acting profession as a lifetime of learning” – Arthur Bartow, The Handbook of Acting Techniques

“There is no such thing as talent, only its manifest lack” – Jerzy Grotowski

Course Outcomes

During this course we aim to:

  • Help you discover and develop your faculty and power as an actor
  • Help you learn to treat and tune your body as the actor’s instrument
  • Expose you to a range of performance techniques and exercises that you can use in your own practice
  • Develop your own observational, storytelling and creating skills as an actor.

Classes in stage acting, improvisation, movement, voice and character, taught by professional tutors. Students will present a solo or duo short performance.

Class limits for 2020

Enrolment is limited to 30 students.

  1. First priority: Students with a Drama major ranked by grade in DRAMA 202 or 204 and GPA in best 30pts passed at Stage II. 
  2. Second priority: Drama minors ranked by grade in DRAMA 202 or 204 and GPA in best 30pts passed at Stage II. 
  3. Third priority: Other students ranked by grade in DRAMA 202 or 204 and GPA in best 30pts passed at Stage II. 
  4. Fourth priority: Non-Drama majors ranked by grade in Drama-related courses. 
  5. Fifth priority: Students with other demonstrable experience in the dramatic arts.


Coursework only

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Coordinator(s) Dr Emma Willis



Recommended Reading



DRAMA 302: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II and approval of Academic Head or nominee.




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