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ACP109 - Improvisation and the Actor

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:(Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama))
Unit chair:G D'Cruz




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Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit offers students a framework within which to explore a range of approaches to the practice of performance improvisation. Practical components of the course will address historical and contemporary improvisational techniques, ranging from the archetype-based satire of the Commedia Dell’Arte (and its extended use in sub-genres of satire and farce), to contemporary applications in contexts such as theatre sports and stand-up comedy. Particular attention will be paid to the difference between improvisation as performance, and improvisation as part of performance-making processes such as the rehearsal of written playtexts or filmed narratives. Theoretical and historical perspectives will be provided through the analysis of the working methods of notable practitioners in the field, and of the relationship to the genres, material conditions, cultures and historical contexts in which they were developed.


Ongoing assessment of seminar contributions and practical exercises as assessed against stated criteria 20%.

Essay 1200 words 30%.

Improvised performance as assessed against stated criteria 30%.

Documentation, reflection and analysis in journal form 20%.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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