THEA321 Writing for Performance: Stage and Screen

Updated: 12 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites any 36cp or 12cp in THEA units or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions THEA521

offered in even-numbered years

Microsoft Word is sufficient for playwriting tasks.

For screenwriting components, students can either format in Word, or download the free Celtx software program, or choose to purchase Final Draft.

Combined Units THEA521 - Writing for Performance: Stage and Screen
Coordinator(s) Richard Jordan (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the foundational elements of writing for performance, including the transferable skills and key differences between writing for stage and screen. Topics covered will include plotting, structure, dialogue, character, visual storytelling, script editing, and working in the stage and screen industries.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate and apply an understanding of different stage and screen narratives, structures, and genres;
  2. exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing their own scripts, tailoring work to a particular medium;
  3. write dialogue and scenes with a clear structure incorporating character, action, and ideas;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between text and performance and script and production; and
  5. apply a critical analysis to their own work and the work of others.