VPA219 Contemporary Stage Production (8)

This subject explores contemporary theatrical work from early 20th century to current 21st century plays. This subject provides students with a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the actor or designer's role in a contemporary theatre context while deepening their knowledge and integration of technique, process and genre analysis.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA219. 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

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken a minimum of four (3) fundamental acting or design based subjects prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of style through acting or design as it applies to contemporary theatre;
  • be able to independently research, analyse and interpret story, character and environment in current contexts;
  • be able to interact and freely communicate with the director;
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to work effectively and cooperatively in groups and be able to take direction; and
  • be able to clearly produce and implement a personal acting or design process.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Analysis of Contemporary Theatre
  • 20th Century plays - case study, analysis, interpretation and critique
  • 21st Century plays - case study, analysis, interpretation and critique
  • Stylised character and environment development
  • Text analysis, research and dramaturgical process in contemporary theatre
  • Establishing an independent and personal methodology for the development of a role
  • Converting process into theatrical realisation in the professional theatre environment
  • Working within a collaborative company to professional standards

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VPA219 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Discipline specific research presentation
Rehearsal process
Performance including annotated script
Discipline research journal

Special Resources

This subjects requires students to have access to specialist performance spaces.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.