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ACP109 - Improvisation: Principles in Action

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Kate Hunter





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Trimester 3: Intensives over 5 days in Week 11


This foundation unit provides grounding in improvisation practices. Languages and forms. Students will explore improvisation as creativity and learn a range of approaches to improvisation. A practical workshop-based unit with a strong individual emphasis, it makes demands on students to apply the technical information in a range of frames and to experience various phenomena that are physically and emotionally central in improvisation practices. Content will range from historical and contemporary improvisational forms, such as the archetype-based satire of the Commedia Dell’Arte (and its extended use in sub-genres of satire and farce), to contemporary applications such as theatre sports and stand-up comedy. Theoretical and historical perspectives will be explored through the working methods of notable practitioners in the field, including the relationship to genre, material conditions, cultures and historical contexts in which they were developed. The unit content is responsive and will include things like the development of personal concentration, the release of imagination, spontaneity and freedom, adaptation and flexibility, playfulness, mood, sensibility in non-verbal communication, role play and characterisation, and character-based play making, with attention to the difference between improvisation as performance and improvisation as part of performance-making processes such as the rehearsal of written play texts, filmed narratives etc.


Workshop practice and Reflective Log, 40%, 1600 words or equivalent

Online Presentation, 40%, 1600 words equivalent

Improvised Performance, 20%, 800 words or equivalent

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