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Theatre Studies

A major in Theatre Studies at Waikato can be a rich and challenging pathway within an Arts degree. It has a wide range of vocational applications within the Performing Arts.  This suite of papers leads the student through processes of performance-making.

Waikato's Theatre Studies programme takes a practice-led approach to teaching and learning different aspects of theatre. We encouraging students to explore and develop their performance practice, while thinking through what theatre does and can do in the world.

The papers in the programme provide opportunities for the practical study of performance, although all are underpinned by relevant critical theory. The programme focusses on Theatre as an evolving, living, breathing practice, and places emphasis on the processes of performance, as well as public performances.

Practical tutorials, seminars and rehearsals take place the theatre laboratory space, and the Playhouse Theatre within the University's purpose-built Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, which is also the venue for many of the public performances.

Careers for Theatre Studies graduates include employment within the creative community, such as community and professional theatres, local arts councils, schools, film production companies, and arts agencies such as Creative New Zealand and New Zealand On Air.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Technician

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
ENGLI101Adaptations15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
THSTS101The Practice of Theatre15.021A (Hamilton)
A practical/theory paper introducing theatre as an ongoing, integrated practice, deeply rooted in time and place. Through examining some of the major theatrical movements, viewing live and mediated performance and practical performance exercises, students engage with theatre as a living, growing practice.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MUSIC226Music Theatre15.021G (Hamilton)
This course provides a historical overview of British and American musical theatre and an introduction to the production processes and stagecraft associated with musicals, combined with practical exploration of a variety of singing, acting and dancing styles.
THSTS202Theatre Workshop15.021B (Hamilton)
An advanced theoretical and practical study of the work of leading contemporary theatre practitioners and actor training methodologies.
THSTS212Developing Text and Action15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper develops performance and writing for performance skills. Using techniques based on contemporary/postdramatic methods in theatre and performance, students will engage with the creation and performance of new theatrical work, leading to assessment.
THSTS260Exploring the Physical in Theatre15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper charts the use of the term 'physical theatre', providing an overview of the areas of debate in the field. Workshops are contextualised by theoretical readings exploring the landscape from which the term emerged.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
THSTS301Play Production30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper develops the relationship between a conceptual and a pragmatic understanding of theatre by mounting a play for public performance. Students form an ensemble group and contribute to all aspects of the production process; research, rehearsal, props, marketing.
THSTS308Creating Theatre30.021B (Hamilton)
A practical paper, supported by theory and research, which utilises performance techniques to develop, devise and create a public performance at the end of the semester. Students will contribute to all aspects of the production process.
THSTS390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
This paper offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic within Theatre Studies.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
THSTS560Special Topic: Applied Performance Practice30.021A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the nature, contexts and purposes of applied performance practice. Students will explore how performance practices can be used as a tool for critical enquiry, empowerment and social change.
THSTS561Special Topic30.021B (Hamilton)
No description available.
THSTS590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
THSTS591Dissertation30.021A (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THSTS592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
THSTS593Theatre Studies Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
THSTS594Theatre Studies Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
THSTS800Theatre Studies MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
THSTS900Theatre Studies PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
No description available.
THSTS901Theatre Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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For more information about subject requirements, please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice, contact one of our friendly student advisors on phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: [email protected]

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements, check the information provided in the papers section above.


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