Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Examines the socio-cultural, political, economic and aesthetic significance of theatre, performance and film in community contexts. Students will be introduced to the key theoretical and methodological practices which have influenced the role of the artist in community performances with an emphasis on Australian contexts. Students will be required to research and engage in performance projects which construct a socio-political voice for specific marginalized communities. The course will also examine the role of the artist in exploring the relationship between the socio-political voice of the community and the construction of cultural identities and spiritual beliefs.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARTC3510. Students who have successfully completed ARTC3510 are not eligible to enrol in CAPA3510.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and methodologies which have shaped the nature of the Community Theatre movement in Australia.

2. Skills in conducting primary research on socio-political issues current in local communities.

3. Skills in constructing, directing and performing original material derived from research activities.

4. Awareness of the political and economic issues prevalent in community performances.


  • Theoretical and contextual historical influences on the role of the artist and the welfare worker in contemporary community performance
  • Contemporary theoretical and contextual issues on the role of the artist in contemporary community performance in Australia
  • The interrelationship between aesthetic, cultural and socio-political theories and methodologies informing the construction of contemporary community performance
  • Cultural and aesthetic diversity in contemporary community performance
  • The construction of identities in contemporary community performances in the Australian context
  • Representing the personal, spiritual, social and cultural in community performance
  • Critiquing original performances in community performance in Australian contexts
  • Facilitating an original community performance


This course replaces ARTC3510. If you have successfully completed ARTC3510 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ARTC1450 Artistic Representations and/or HUMA1650 Narrative and Representation

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Presentation: Practical presentation

Presentation: Presentations - Tutorial