Applied Theatre Skills II: Developing the Community

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Spring & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

This second year module for Acting and Community Theatre has a focus on community development through access to theatre and celebratory performance. Students will extend their acting technique and experience through creating performances in a range of forms, styles and environments.

A variety of acting styles will be explored including physical theatre, object manipulation and outdoor performance, extending technical and acting crafts. Students will participate in the creation of a street theatre festival.

Module aims

1. To provide opportunities for students to extend physical and vocal acting techniques
2. To increase students' imaginative flexibility
3. To challenge students' physical and vocal power and dexterity
4. To develop students' appreciation of the strength of the audience relationship

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes -Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
1. apply the principles of community theatre to devising and performance
2. apply understanding of a range of techniques to performance
3. create and sustain processes of devising with discipline and spontaneity
4. devise and perform effectively in a substantial community festival
5. apply physical and vocal skills with confidence in demanding environments
6. deliver a committed contribution to a large-scale ensemble work
7. devise and perform material for a young audience

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised rehearsals and performances.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Object Theatre    33.3% 
Practical   Commedia    33.3% 
Practical   Street Theatre    33.4% 

Additional coursework information

Students are assessed on: 1. Engagement with the community, demonstrating knowledge of the audience, use of suitable communication strategies and choice of material 2. Ability to work with discipline, commitment, spontaneity and preparation 3. Application of creative inventiveness to acting, devising, performance and workshops 4. Application of research to performance and workshops 5. Effectiveness of ensemble work in the performance environment 6. apply the principles of community theatre in performances 7. apply voice, movement, acting and music skills in performance and workshops 8. Continuous assessment of contribution to each project’s process and final performance outcome; 9. Continuous assessment is conducted by a team of tutors and project work is video-recorded wherever possible. (NB This is subject to restrictions in some community settings such as in schools and with vulnerable groups.) The final year mark for the module will be the unweighted average of three individual project marks.

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
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton
For further details please email amast



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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