Community Theatre and Performance

20 Units

Examines the socio-cultural, political, economic and aesthetic significance of theatre, performance and film in community contexts. Students will be introduced to the key theoretical and methodological practices which have influenced the role of the artist in community performances with an emphasis on regional contexts: both locally and internationally. Models of praxis which underpin community performance in regional communities will be explored as the basis for identifying appropriate methodologies within a variety of socio-cultural, political and economic contexts. Students will be required to research and plan performance projects which construct a socio-political voice for specific marginalized communities. The preparation of funding and ethics applications is integral to such planning. The course will also examine the role of the artist in exploring the relationship between the socio-political voice of the community and the construction of cultural identities and spiritual beliefs.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Creative Arts

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and methodologies which have shaped the nature of the Community Theatre and Performance Movement, in Australia.
  2. Skills in conducting primary research on socio-political issues current in local communities.
  3. Skills in constructing, performance proposals from primary source materials emanating from socio-political issues specific to a range of local communities. .
  4. Awareness of the political and economic issues prevalent in community performances.
  5. Skills in preparing ethics and funding proposals for community performance projects
  • Theoretical and contextual historical influences on the role of the artist and the welfare worker in contemporary community performance
  • Contemporary theoretical and contextual issues on the role of the artist in contemporary community performance in Australia
  • The interrelationship between aesthetic, cultural and socio-political theories and methodologies informing the construction of contemporary community performance
  • Cultural and aesthetic diversity in contemporary community performance
  • The construction of identities in contemporary community performances in the Australian context
  • Representing the personal, spiritual, social and cultural in community performance
  • Critiquing original performances in community performance in Australian contexts
  • Facilitating an original community performance
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in arts or social science.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 2000 words. 20%
  • Other: (please specify) - Research based Funding Application. OR Practical Performance Presentation 40%
  • Other: (please specify) - Performance Proposal 20%
  • Presentations - Tutorial - Seminar Presentation. 20%
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ARTC6402
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