Acting Techniques and Styles

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
23 February 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting

Module description

Students will gain experience of a range of acting techniques and styles through a number of structured projects spread over three terms. Typically you will work on each project in intensive rehearsal periods of 3-4 weeks culminating in a practical project or performance. You will be given opportunities to experience the demands of working in close proximity to the audience as well as to understand the differences in technical scale required to fill a larger space.

Emphasis is placed on establishing a firm base for the '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 performance. You will gain an understanding of the different roles and responsibilities involved in creating live and recorded performance.

Module aims

To provide opportunities for students to:
- Take a wider view of theatre, performance and recorded media
- Be introduced to a range of technical performance demands
- Perform to a variety of audiences
- Explore a range of processes and presentation
- Communicate physically and vocally in performance
- Deliver a committed contribution to the group process.

Module learning outcomes

- Facility for discovering and communicating the connection between text character & situation.
- Sustained creativity through fresh responses to material & fellow actors through rehearsal choices, to transform into character
- Taking & building on Director’s notes.
- Flexibility & sensitivity to change within the process, embracing different ways of working
- An understanding of the relevance of joint aims, approaches and viewpoints in group work
- Ability to communicate character through voice, speech, physicality & movement
- Awareness of strengths/weaknesses, as an actor and within the project
- Ability to accept, understand & act on criticism.
- Accomplishment of individual & personal goals, extending range, confidence, realisation of potential

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in small group practical classes. Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performances Independent study and research Verbal and written formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in group session 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
Coursework   Joint Acting/Voice     
Coursework   Screen Acting     
Coursework   Radio II and III     
Coursework   Contemporary British Performance     
Practical   Brecht Cabaret     

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 Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
Philip Weaver and staff
East 15 Acting School



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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