About

The Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance is one of the most comprehensive theatre and performance program offered by an Australian university, enjoying a reputation as one of the most outstanding courses of its kind in the country. We offer two pathways to study theatre and performance at undergraduate level:

  • Theatre Major or Minor
  • Performance Minor

The Centre is home to the largest cohort of postgraduate students in theatre and performance in Australia, including many from Asian countries. Many of these students are pursuing practice-led MA’s and PhDs, presenting work for public performance supported by the Academy of Performing Arts.

Students undertaking taking a Theatre Major or Minor complete the requirements alongside students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts. The theatre major focuses on the study of the past, present, and future of performance and is grounded in both theoretical frameworks and reflective, participatory explorations of key themes, genres, and questions. Course units cut across a wide range of approaches to theatre and performance and provide the student with the tools to think critically about the field, preparing them for a future where theatre and performance increasingly cross genres, cultures, geographic boundaries, and modes of artistic expression. Students can develop further specialisations in directing, music theatre, performance studies, scriptwriting, and theatre history, with the possibility of internships and mentorships in technical theatre and design.

Centre for Theatre and Performance – Performance Minor

From 2015, CTP will be introducing a new, exciting performance Minor

2nd year students who have already completed ATS1287 and ATS1288 are invited to deepen their knowledge of performance practice by taking the following 24point sequence. Our Performance Minor units are all practical, engaging, and give you access to some of the most exciting and influential practitioners currently working in Melbourne. We encourage industry engagement, and these units have been the springboard for many students to gain their first professional experience.

In Semester 1 of your second year, we will be offering Making Performance 1. this unit, taught by experienced practising professionals, will allow you to concentrate on either performance and acting skills, or on creative technical knowledge (including design for the theatre, lighting, stage-management, and sound).
In Semester 2, we offer Making Performance 2 – a workshop class where students can practically explore and build on the skills learnt in Semester 1. These highly practical units will allow you to develop your technique, your creativity, and your knowledge of key elements of theatre making and the theatre industry.

In your 3rd year, you can develop you skills base, applying your knowledge to devising your own work and working on a fully production. In Semester 1, you will take Writing/Performance, a highly practical unit where you will learn about the creative methods of key contemporary theatre makers across the world, and then combine your theoretical knowledge with your practical skills to build your own performance.

In Semester 2, you will have the opportunity to put your specialist interests and skills to the test in Production Investigation – 3 projects, directed by professional industry practitioners, that will allow you to apply your acting, technical, creative and administrative skills in the development of a fully realised production.