ACT202 The Actor and Performance (8)

This subject extends the professional theatre techniques required by the actor for auditions, rehearsal and performance. With resident or professional directors and in collaboration with creative and technical artists from other disciplines, the student will undertake practical workshops, rehearsals and a series of performances. This will enable a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the actor's role in theatre practice while also deepening their knowledge and integration of technique and personal process.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACT202. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting specialisation) only.

Not available to students who have successfully completed ACT221.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have prior tertiary level or professional knowledge in acting with particular emphasis on text based theatre. This knowledge should include a practical understanding of actor methodology during process and performance.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesize the imagination with learnt physical and vocal techniques;
  • be able to independently research, analyze and interpret complex character;
  • be able to exhibit professional theatre conduct;
  • be able to integrate and clearly communicate within an ensemble;
  • be able to interact and freely communicate with the director; and
  • be able to clearly produce and implement a personal process.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • advanced application of physical and vocal skills;
  • complex character development;
  • text analysis and dramaturgical process;
  • establishing an independent and personal methodology for the development of a role;
  • converting process into theatrical action with the engagement of the whole self;
  • working within a collaborative ensemble to professional industry standards; and
  • advanced audition, rehearsal and performance processes.

Special Resources

Existing CSU Theatre and Drama Studio facilities.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.