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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI3708 Contemporary Theatre Makers

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Anna Fenemore

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will offer an introduction to key international theatre makers and will provide an in-depth critical investigation of their work. The lectures will use a range of case studies to help the students gain an understanding of the working methods, aesthetic decisions, strategies and visions of the selected theatre makers.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• map the historical impact of a range of theatre makers on the field
• understand a range of directorial and theatre making approaches
• critically discuss the developments of theatre making in an aesthetic, political and socio-cultural context.
• analyse the work of contemporary practitioners with confidence

Learning outcomes
A broadened knowledge and understanding of:
1. the cultural, historical, and social contexts of specific influential contemporary theatre makers;
2. the different working methods, creative strategies and aesthetic principles of key international theatre makers;
3. common practices, strategies and compositional practices from a critical perspective;
4. the differences between regie, auteur, director, theatre maker and related professional terms.


The module will introduce the work of major theatre makers and discuss their role in the theatre making compositional process.
An indicative list of theatre makers might include Arianne Mnouchkine, Elizabeth LeCompte, Julie Taymor. Katie Mitchell, Anne Bogart, Lev Dodi, Ivo Van Hove, Calixto Bieito, Romeo Castellucci andThomas Ostermeier, each of whose whose impact is regarded as innovative and ground-breaking.
The use of technology, intermediality, musicality, time and other compositional theatre making techniques will be discussed in detail and supported by appropriate audio-visual examples.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours77.00
Private study hours100.84
Total Contact hours22.16
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will spend 22 hours working attending the lectures and then 77 hours going through the module content and working through online learning materials via the Virtual Learning Environment. The 100 hours of Private Study will include writing the essay and accessing additional readings/audio-visual materials from the libraries to provide a larger context of contemporary practice.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be a tutorial specifically to discuss the portfolio and to monitor student progress. During the tutorial the student will receive feedback on their title, structure and additional specialised bibliographical references.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentationsmall group, c15 mins50.00
Portfolio2000-2500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit will take the form of a longer portfolio (4000 words).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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