Actor and Text

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 22 April 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W411MV Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

This first year acting module provides opportunities for students to apply the introductory learning of EA111 Introduction to Acting Theory, Method & Practice to more demanding textual and acting challenges. You will continue to advance your actor training through a focussed approach to the theatre of a particular period. Work on this course will be informed by your learning on EA118-4-FY Contextual Studies. The work of this module will progress into second year when it will inform and support the Acting/Voice project in EA213 Acting Techniques and Styles.
In this module students will explore modern classics, which explore a depth of human psychology, in order to consolidate their detailed understanding of another person's existence and how to portray it convincingly. Scenes are chosen that will assist the development of your ability to find the means in your methodology to 'live in the moment' and to react spontaneously within the course of action pre-determined by the text.

Through practice-based learning and research you will develop the courage to take risks in your character creations, and expression of emotional life.
1. Introduction to sustaining connection & relationships in the communication of complex ideas through structured text.
2. Introduction to making use of both directorial advice and skills to enhance performance.

Module aims

The module aims too encourage students to:

1. Use research, textual analysis and integrated skills to create truthful characters
2. Use their creative imaginations with spontaneity and discipline
3. Demonstrate well- developed and truthfully expressed relationships and emotions
4. Work effectively in an ensemble.
5. Show a willingness to become involved in all aspects of production work.
6. Relate form and style with the content of a play
7. Develop and sustain a believable character
8. Understand and accurately interpret language, plot and style
9. Sustain improvisation with discipline, spontaneity and creative imagination

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate ability to:

1. Find and communicate connection between text, character & situation.
2. Creative Inventiveness: Sustain creativity through fresh responses to material & fellow actors.
3. Transform into character through rehearsal choices.
4. Take and build on Director’s notes: Accept, understand & act on criticism.
5. Exercise flexibility & sensitivity to change within the process.
6. Show commitment, positive attitude, discipline, contribution and focus.
7. Communicate character through voice, speech, physicality & movement.
8. Show breadth & relevance of research material from a variety of sources.
9. Integrate research into the work.
10. Accomplish individual & personal goals.
11. Extend range, confidence & realisation of professional potential.
12. Ensemble Acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
13. Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in group practical classes. Learning also takes place in workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performances. Key improvisation exercises are set throughout the course with feedback from tutors and peers At the end of the module students will show scenes to staff and peers. Formative feedback is given by the tutor.


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     

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
Philip Weaver, Zois Pigadas, Uri Roodner
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Ms Lucy Skilbeck
Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Ms Isobel Beatrice Pemberton
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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