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Studio Practices for Theatre-Making - TFT00089M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mark Love-Smith
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

This module, working in detail on theatre craft and technique, runs in parallel to the Thinking Through Theatre-Making and Research Skills for Theatre-Making modules. Our principal focus for this module is the discipline of studio performance practice, which is an indispensable part of any theatre-maker’s skillset. We will be encouraging you to explore and expand your body-based and voice-based performance skills, and to independently develop your own daily studio practice in line with your own needs and goals as an artist. The focus on these areas is designed to allow you to enhance your studio practice ahead of the programme's other heavily practical modules including Elements of Theatre-Making and the Collaborative Production Project.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

The module aims:

  • to develop your own solo studio practice, equipping you to work independently as a performer
  • to develop your application of a range of body-based and voice-based skills and techniques to your own practice
  • to provide you with useful, relevant and considered practical and reflective tools to develop your own studio practice work
  • to demonstrate the opportunities and potential of studio practice as part of a theatre-maker’s skillset

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be expected to:

  • be able to conduct and apply effective studio practice techniques in the rehearsal room and to a variety of theatre and performance contexts
  • be able to effectively reflect on your own developing practice
  • choose and, if necessary, adapt existing studio practice techniques in the service of your own needs and goals (as an independent practitioner and/or for a particular project)
  • be able to use your studio practice skills to create short performance works, and to clearly articulate the link between the two

Module content

The teaching will be a combination of studio practice and reflective discussion, exploring skills and techniques, situating them in context and understanding them through the body and the voice. The module will draw on recent practice and scholarship from a range of sources (see below for some key texts), as well as module tutors’ own approaches to their theatre and performance practices.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Reflective Essay
N/A 50
Solo practical task
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Presentation of formative work is embedded through the module teaching.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Reflective Essay
N/A 50
Solo practical task
N/A 50

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Chamberlain, F. and Sweeney, B. (eds). (2021). The Routledge Companion to Studio Performance Practice.

Harvie, J. and Lavender. (eds). (2010). Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal Processes.

Bonczek, R. and Strock, D. (2013) Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.