ACT201 The Actor and Process (8)

This subject extends the acting, movement and voice skills of the actor to encourage greater detail in performance through an emphasis on the actor's process. The practical workshops will include analysis of theatrically diverse texts, the employment and improvement of techniques learnt to date and the introduction of audition and professional theatre practice. The subject also introduces an understanding of, and association with, the roles and working methods of various creative and technical artists from other theatre disciplines.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACT201. 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 (with specialisations), Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (with specialisations), or Bachelor of Communications (with specialisations). May also be available to other students in an elective format with special approval from the Subject Coordinator.

Not available to students who have successfully completed ACT220.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have prior tertiary level or professional knowledge in acting with particular emphasis on text based theatre.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise, integrate, improve and apply learnt acting skills;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of dramatic structure and its impact upon performance;
  • be able to develop and demonstrate a collaborative ensemble practice with in their own and other associated disciplines;
  • be able to develop and demonstrate a methodology for role preparation into performance;
  • be able to plan and perform for an audition; and
  • be able to effectively perform in either selected scenes or a complete theatrical text.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the connection between the physical, verbal and imaginative life of a character;
  • research for character development;
  • the actor and director relationship;
  • auditioning for the theatre;
  • rehearsal in professional theatre practice; and
  • performance in professional theatre practice.

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 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.