Approaches to Acting (PRFM3606)


All approaches to acting are grounded in implicit theories about the human self: to Stanislavsky, for example, the self is a repository of memories; while for Meyerhold, the self is a biomechanical resource. We will survey - and experiment with - a range of theories of acting, from Quintilian to Method, Zeami to Suzuki, uncovering the assumptions about human being underlying each. The unit involves a workshop component, although no experience is necessary: you will not be assessed on your acting ability.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr workshop/week


1x3000wd Essay (50%), 1x500wd equivalent group presentation (20%), 5x100wd interlocutions (15%), 1x500wd formative literature summary (15%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PRFM2601 and PRFM2602



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.