ACP109 - Improvisation in Drama and Performance

Year: 2020 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 1: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3: Intensive seminar over 5 consecutive days in week 5
9.00am-12:30pm, 1:30-5.00pm (7-hours) - MONDAY
9.00am-12:30pm, 1:30-5.00pm (7-hours) - TUESDAY
9.00am-12:30pm, 1:30-5.00pm (7-hours) - WEDNESDAY
9.00am-12:30pm, 1:30-5.00pm (7-hours) - THURSDAY
9.00am-12:00pm, 3:00-5.00pm (5-hours) - FRIDAY


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery


This practical workshop-based unit offers an introduction to improvisation in drama and performance. Through exploration of the working methods of notable practitioners in the field, the unit considers contemporary and historical perspectives on the various ways that improvisation is employed in drama and performance practice, such as a means to prepare actors for work on scripts, to experiment with and generate original performance material, to resolve performance problems, to interact with audience in immersive and interactive performance contexts, or as a mode of performance in itself. The unit content is responsive with a strong emphasis on individual skill development and will include things like the development of personal concentration, the release of imagination, spontaneity and freedom, adaptation and flexibility, playfulness, sensibility in non-verbal communication, and role-play.

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