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THT1000 Foundation Skills of the Working Actor

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: David Burton


Theoretic principles and applied skills in vocal practice, physical alignment and body/spatial awareness are fundamental to professional theatre practice. Practicing professional actors appropriately prepared in body/vocal capabilities, apply methodological approaches to momentary collaborative responsiveness as the basis of professional practice. This course aims to establish a foundation of skills and knowledge in vocal, physical and spatial capabilities that underpins all practice-led work encountered throughout the degree and in ensuing professional practice. Students successfully completing this course should possess the skills and theoretic knowledge to self-initiate their continued learning in their discipline of practice. Students should also possess the knowledge and fundamental processes of application to plan for safe body/vocal practice in the workplace.

This course introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and processes of three distinct and inter-related aspects of professional theatre practice at a formative level. In the voice classes, students acquire the knowledge and applied processes of safe vocal production, maintenance and growth. The movement classes guide students through a kinaesthetic awareness of physical alignment, spatial orientation and qualities of energy/rhythm/focus. In improvisation classes, students negotiate the fundamental principles of creative collaboration through physical, narrative and scene structures. Combined, these separate foci prepare students for ongoing iterations and levels of collaborative and creative practice in a range of career path practice and applications. Students will complete a series of authentic assessment tasks based on industry practice in performance training linked to real-world industry training experiences. Applied in a supervised work environment. Practice is the laboratory through which reflective analysis is applied and ongoing learning derived.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply and formulate efficient techniques for foundational daily vocal production practice and maintenance.
  2. Apply body/physical and spatial skills in preparation and practice
  3. Apply momentary responsiveness to sentient stimuli within the work space
  4. Apply the principles of improvisation across a range of improvisational structures and forms


Description Weighting(%)
1. Voice: fundamental principles and techniques for safe vocal production, maintenance and growth. 25.00
2. Movement: the exploration and application of body/spatial skills and awareness. 25.00
3. Circles of Awareness: the exploration of holistic engagement within defined boundaries of focus. 25.00
4. Improvisation: the introduction and application of skills and techniques for collaborative practice. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

No materials required. Any in class readings will be made available through the Library on Study Desk..

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Date printed 27 June 2022