Course Description

Drama Tools: A four-week practical course in the art of theatre-making

Drama Tools introduces the skills that are essential in creating theatre. Centred around acting and storytelling, this intensive course also incorporates an understanding of design, set, props, costume, lighting and sound.

This course is ideal for English, Drama, Creative Writing, Film or Media students looking for a practical study abroad experience. You will explore devised theatre, currently emerging as one of the most popular genres of contemporary theatre. Devising is a process in which the entire team collectively develops, then performs the work.

Under the guidance of experienced theatre practitioner James Wenley, you will work in a collaborative fashion through ongoing group discussion and theatrical practice. Working through the tenets of devising, you will respond to provocations, generating and exploring material, thus creating a cohesive work of theatre.

In addition to giving you an understanding of the process of theatre-making, this course is designed to teach transferrable skills such as effective communication, teamwork and problem-solving – all fundamental when developing a successful production.

Drama at the University of Auckland

The English and Drama Writing Studies (EDWS) department is ranked 29th in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Under EDWS, the Drama Programme offers students practical-based learning as well as text and theory-based teaching. We combine the literary study of drama with experience in all aspects of performance. Advanced Drama courses provide training in acting and involve a full-scale, public production. As you proceed with your study you can concentrate on areas such as acting, writing or directing; or you might choose to focus on the historical or theoretical study of Drama.