Master of Directing for Performance
|Performing Arts Research MethodologiesCore||12.5|
Performing Arts Research Methodologies
This subject aims to develop an understanding of the major critical issues in the field of performance, and a range of methodologies appropriate to the production, documentation and analysis of performance texts, contexts and processes. It introduces and examines the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. It addresses questions of what research methodologies are and, through weekly seminars and exercises, explores a range of these methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in identifying and developing research methodologies appropriate to their practice.
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Directing Methodologies addresses knowledge and techniques specific to the discipline of directing for performance. Through skills classes and seminars the subject explores the role of the director as part of a creative team, defining the skills, qualities and processes that are essential to the practising professional director. The subject involves a series of practical workshops and seminar sessions with guest industry speakers concerned with different aspects of the role of the director, particularly in relation to the performer and to dramatic text. Areas of skill development include poetic research, creative exploration from text, journaling, text selection and analysis and the early...
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|Dramaturgy, Text and PerformanceCore||12.5|
Dramaturgy, Text and Performance
This subject focuses on high level close reading and analysis of existing plays and scenarios drawn from a range of pre-dramatic, dramatic, postdramatic and other performance contexts, including Greek, Shakespearean, nineteenth and twentieth century realist and anti-realist movements, non-narrative forms, and contemporary developments such as the postdramatic. Drawing on international and Australian examples, the subject will focus on such aspects as dramatic structure, story, plot, dialogue, monologue, character, conflict, dramatic action, facts and imagination, language and subtext, space and time. Theories of dramaturgy from Aristotle through Lessing to Brecht, Lehmann and the ‘new dra...
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|Cross Disciplinary LaboratoryCore||12.5|
Cross Disciplinary Laboratory
This subject focuses upon the potential for interplay and dynamic dialogue between various disciplines and the building blocks of performance creation. Practical/ studio based classes provide interaction with other discipline streams to develop communication and collaborative skills. Familiarisation with multi-disciplinary approaches is fostered with a focus on the exploration of generative processes used in composition and performance creation. Laboratory classes allow students to collaborate and develop creative concepts together with the aim to experiment and familiarize with design methods and materials, and to discover possible solutions through the application of different approache...
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|Dramaturgy and Live PerformanceCore||12.5|
Dramaturgy and Live Performance
The subject aims to use the practical and theoretical exploration of the concept of performance dramaturgy to develop students’ potential to make theatre and become reflective theatre practitioners, aware of the relationship between theatre and society. This subject introduces students to the concept of dramaturgy as a critical tool in devising live performance. The basis of this process is the translation of a central idea and theme, through research, design, documentation and practical investigation, into a studio-scale devised live performance and to reflect on both process and performance. The students will develop their ability to write a dramaturgical analysis of their own performan...
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|Applied Directing: Rehearsal PracticeLabCore||12.5|
Applied Directing: Rehearsal PracticeLab
Applied Practice Rehearsal Practice Lab builds on knowledge and techniques specific to the discipline of directing for theatre introduced in Directing Methodologies and all other subjects in Semester 1. Through skills classes and seminars the subject explores the role of the director as part of a creative team, defining the skills, qualities and processes that are essential to the practising professional director. The subject involves a series of practical workshops and seminar sessions concerned with different aspects of the role of the director, particularly in relation to working with actor and dramatic text. The course will examine text through a variety of lenses, each of which will ...
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|Performance and Community EngagementCore||12.5|
Performance and Community Engagement
The subject will examine the social, cultural, artistic, philosophical and ethical content and context of the interface of performance with Community and Cultural Development (CCD) practice in Australia and internationally. Study will be conducted through lectures, readings, group discussions, workshops and visiting talks from leading practitioners. The readings will be drawn from current Australian and international CCD best practice. The emphasis of the subject is the awareness of the principles of community development: empowerment, social change, human rights, cultural values and diversity, local knowledge, inclusiveness, community building, sustainability and global/local interfaces....
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|Applied Practice: Community FacilitationCore||12.5|
Applied Practice: Community Facilitation
This subject will explore the practical skills involved in designing and implementing performance workshops in a Community Cultural Development (CCD) context. The unit will be conducted through workshops combined with lectures, readings, group discussions, and visiting talks from leading practitioners. These practical skills will include methods for Interdisciplinary collaborative practice, facilitation skills, leadership styles, storytelling and role-play skills within CCD contexts. Students will produce a detailed journal, reflexive essay and lead a 20-minute creative arts workshop.
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|Creating a Project VisionCore||12.5|
Creating a Project Vision
In a two-week intensive format this subject focuses closely on the development of a project idea that builds and demonstrates the creative vision that will underpin the student’s work for their final year and beyond. The intensive takes place through lectures, visiting speakers, and collaborative practical workshops. The subject will introduce the student to theoretical and practical concepts of project realization, implementation methodologies, strategic planning, networking, budgeting, documentation, evaluation, report making, and pitching. It will investigate the issues and demands of being an artist in the broader community. It will also explore projects that align with the student’...
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|Industry Internships and PlacementsCore||37.5|
Industry Internships and Placements
This subject provides a direct opportunity for students to work in an industry setting that underpins and is relevant to their directing practice and/or research trajectory towards their final independent project. The subject will offer opportunities for the three main streams of the Masters in Directing for Performance: theatre practice, community engagement and research/ practice-led research. The subject allows students to choose from local, national and international internships and/or placements. The details of the experience, its content and interface will align with the individual student’s aims in both their developing practice and the research direction towards their final indepe...
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|Independent Directing ProjectCore||50|
Independent Directing Project
The Independent Project is a major practice and research subject, drawing on and applying the knowledge and skills of directing gained throughout the course. Through discussions in advance of the subject, each student will identify a performance project they will direct. This could be a solo performance they devise and perform themselves, the direction of a single-authored text, or anything in-between. The performance outcome can take place on campus with undergraduate actors, for a season of graduate work at La Mama, for a company that engages you to direct for them, or for an independent production..The practice – direction of a piece of performance – forms a major part of a critical re...
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