Non-Western Character Acting

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
07 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W495 World Performance

Module description

This module offers a theoretically-informed study of manifestations of character role types in performance, exploring cultural prescriptions and attitudes in relation to character and performance in a variety of social and historical contexts, and case studies of two or three performance forms where character role types are highlighted (e.g. Kabuki, Chinese opera). There is specific attention to performance skills.

Module aims

- To introduce cultural perspectives of characters and role types in performance
- To compare social attitudes to role types across cultures, and to reflect on the relationship of their own identity to their performance work
- To develop specific skills for performing in one or more forms of World Performance

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of, and an ability to analyse and compare, culture-specific approaches to role types in performance
- Knowledge of and an ability to apply a theoretical understanding of the performative construction of role types
- Performance skills in one or more role type of a World Performance form
- An ability to locate their own creative practice in terms of role types and identity, and to manipulate this identity in performance

Module information

1. Gender, Performance, and Performativity
An examination of role types and training relating to the performer's and character's gender/age/status from a range of non-Western and historical contexts.

2. Case Studies
In-depth examination and exploration of forms of performance where role types are the focus of actor training and performance transmission, with specific attention to the performance skills characteristic of each form.

3. Skills workshops
Workshops in movement and vocal techniques for the chosen case-studies.

4. Costume Manipulation
Examination of costuming, make-up, and the use of mask in creating the role type in performance.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Research Paper    40% 
Practical   Process and Performance    60% 

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
Dr Jeungsook Yoo, email: jyoo@essex.ac.uk.
Jeungsook Yoo



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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