Devising and Theatre Making

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

This second year core module is for students on the BA Acting (International) course. Students will gain experience of a range of play-making techniques through three structured projects, spread over the three terms. Typically, students work on each project in preparation periods of three to four weeks, culminating in a presentation towards the end.

Students will be given opportunities to understand processes and methods for creating performance involving dramaturgy, playwriting, devising, directing and creating performance for camera. Emphasis is placed on establishing a firm base for company or ensemble over the course of the year. Students are encouraged to contribute to the work of the ensemble beyond the limits of their own acting performance. Students will gain an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities in creating performance.

Module aims

To provide opportunities for students to:
- Take a broad view of theatre and performance
- Be introduced to a range of creative techniques and processes
- Deliver a committed contribution to an ensemble process
- Understand the possibilities and demands of autonomous performance creation
- Understand basic performance on camera demands

Module learning outcomes

- Creating ensemble performance
- Understanding the different roles and responsibilities of the creative team
- Flexibility and sensitivity to change within the process, embracing different ways of working
- Demonstrating a knowledge of dramaturgy, devising, writing and directing

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning takes place in workshops, presentations and in supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and independent study and research. Verbal and formative assessment and tutor feedback in group sessions at the end of each project.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through contribution to discussion groups, devising processes, rehearsal and presentations. The final module mark will be the unweighted average of the marks awarded for each of the three projects

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Teaching Staff



External examiner

Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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