PA5006 - Advanced Acting and Performance Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be learning and exploring the application of some of the advanced performance techniques of the modern actor. Building on first year modules Acting: Movement, Voice and Text this module will develop your practical and theoretical understanding of the practices of the contemporary performing artist. The techniques of practitioners of modern theatrical acting and performance such as Sandford Meisner, Jerzy Grotovsky, Mike Alfreds, Michael Checkov, Patsy Rodenburgh and others will be studied in workshop sessions and applied to scripted scenes. The module acts as a building block: it is part of a set of modules that offer you the opportunity to expand your performance skillset while exploring your personal creative interests and identity. You will learn how to apply these techniques autonomously, making informed and interest driven choices on the types of scripted material you will perform and which techniques you will use in your creative process. This module will prepare you for the challenges of 3rd year independent modules such as Platform Performance and Professional Directions, as well as help develop your professional performance skillset.

How will I learn on this module?

Classes will follow a workshop or ‘masterclass’ model with performance exercises and sharing of work in progress as an integral part. Each week you will be offered tuition on specific methods and techniques for developing character, presence and connection onstage with your fellow actors and with the audience. You will engage in show back session where you will give and receive constructive formative feedback in participation with tutors and in addition, you will write a 1500 word academic essay in which you will discuss your understanding of the techniques you engaged in and your experiences with the learning and creation process. In the second half of the semester the focus and workshops shift to performance making/creation. in groups you will choose short excerpts from scripted plays and will bring these techniques to bear on the rehearsal and performance of the scene.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As well as specific show back feedback, due to the experiential and discursive nature of the learning in this module there will be lots of opportunity to get tutor feedback on your work and the progress you are making throughout the module. You are welcome and encouraged to make use of Office Hours, email and telephone communication at other times to seek out further support and guidance. Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

Your guidance tutor can help you identify and access the appropriate services if and when you need to.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate a growing knowledge of contemporary acting and performance techniques
2. Demonstrate a growing understanding of rehearsal and performance processes
3. Show an expanding knowledge of the field of contemporary performance practitioners

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate a growing ability to analyse your own practice and that of other practitioners

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Heighten your inquisitiveness and curiosity to seek out new practices to engage with.

How will I be assessed?

Formative: You will be given feedback on your process in workshops throughout the sessions, including regular show backs of work progression in class. This will continue into your rehearsal on the works you create for your final assessment.


Summative:

• You will submit a 1500 word academic essay in which you will discuss your understanding of the techniques you engaged and your experiences with the learning and creation process. (40%) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

• In groups you will devise/create, rehearse and perform a short piece using one or more of the techniques explored in that semester. 60% (1, 2, 3, 5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback on both assessment components tasks will be within 20 working days of the performance or hand in submission deadline and will be given on standard feedback sheets.

Pre-requisite(s)

PA4006

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

IIn this module you will be learning and exploring the application of some of the advanced performance techniques of the modern actor-creator. This module will develop your practical and theoretical understanding of the practices of the contemporary performing artist. The techniques of practitioners of modern theatrical acting and performance such as Jerzy Grotovsky, Mike Alfreds, Michael Checkov, Patsy Rodenburgh. Sandford Meisnder, Stella Adler, and others will be studied and applied in the realisation of a scripted scene of your choice. The module is part of a set of modules that offer you the opportunity to expand your performance skillset while exploring your personal creative interests and identity. You will learn how to apply these techniques autonomously, making informed and interest driven choices on the types of material you will create and perform and which techniques you will use in your creative process.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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