Theatre Studies Modules


Theatre Studies offers a wide range of modules in contemporary approaches to thinking about performance, as well as thinking through practice. They are grouped in three strands:
For Cohort 2014 to Cohort 2018: Timeframes, Cultural Practices and Perspective on Performance.
For Cohort 2019 onwards: Framing Histories, Cultures in Practice and Researching Performance

Modules focus on specific theatre and performance cultures, histories, movements, practices and ideas, such as pre-modern Asian theatres, cinematic and digital practices, popular culture, cultural performance in Asia and applied theatre. Across the range from introductory modules (including General Education modules) to more specialised topics, the modules share a common commitment to understanding how theatre is made and the contexts in which it has significance for its communities.

One of the most distinctive things about Theatre Studies is the range of activities it entails. At NUS, these diverse kinds of learning include:
• Lectures and seminars
• Workshops, practical sessions and group projects
• Working on productions and creating performances
• Field trips to the theatre and other events
• Independent study and thesis writing
• Practice research with staff members
• Internships with professional companies and arts institutions

Unless otherwise stated, all level 1000–3000 modules carry 4 modular credits (MCs), while all level 4000 modules carry 5 MCs (except TS4401 which carries 15 MCs). For more details on the modules below, consult LumiNUS or contact the course lecturer.

Modules offered in AY2020/2021 Semester 1

Robin LOON

This module will provide students with foundational knowledge of the different aspects of, approaches and discursive contexts relating to the study and praxis of theatre and performance. The module will also introduce students to the various forms of classical and contemporary performance practices and their attendant modes of analyses: combining play analysis, theatre history & theory. Using complementary content-centred lectures and practice laboratory, the module creates an environment where students simultaneously engage with module content while investigating its relations to the creation of theatre and performance.

Strand: Non-stranded (from Cohort 2014)
Pre-requisite: Exempted from NUS Qualifying English Test, or passed NUS Qualifying English Test, or exempted from further CELC Remedial English modules.
Preclusion: GEM1003
Cross-listing: GEM1003

Modules offered in AY2020/2021 Semester 2