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Take advantage of innovative facilities, outstanding opportunities, professional engagement and hands-on practical learning as you explore all aspects of creating and performing theatre.

Why study critical performance studies?

You’ll learn from theatre professionals, gain exposure to the world of Australian and international theatre, and rapidly develop your craft as a performer, director, stage manager or producer. The craft, intuitive ability, confidence and contacts you’ll develop will serve you throughout your career as a theatre maker.

The Critical Performance Studies minor at Monash gives you valuable experience in collaboration, creative problem-solving, and effective communication, all highly ranked employability attributes inside and outside the performing arts industry.

Develop a deep understanding of performance making and critical theory. Work with a range of industry professionals to develop and present your own creative works. Use your skills to address the critical questions and problems of our age.

What will you study?

Students who complete the critical performance studies minor will learn analytical, communication and presentation skills and practices, including:

  • Critical intercultural performance
  • Improvisation
  • Agency, advocacy and activism
  • Artistic research

Here are some examples of core and elective units:

  • Exploring Critical Performance Studies in the Arts
  • Critical Intercultural Performance
  • Improvisation in Performance Practice
  • Agency, Advocacy and Activism in Critical Performance Studies
  • The Art of Teaching Performance
  • Navigating the Performing Arts Sector
  • Theatre and performance: Theory and practice 1
  • Theatre and performance: Theory and practice
  • Improvisation in performance
  • Professional and academic presentation skills
  • The performing arts in Australia
  • Improvisation in performance
  • Critical Performance Studies and Artistic Research

Who will be teaching you?

Our staff enjoy strong national and global profiles in performance theory and practice-based research and are internationally recognised for our work in gender, sexualities and performance, mental health and performance, autoethnography, celebrity representation and performance pedagogy.

Our school prides itself on the number of opportunities we provide our students, including performances on and off-campus, with visiting artists and staff. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art performance facilities and the benefits of an industry partnership with Melbourne Fringe and other opportunities to be mentored by professionals in all aspects of performance, programming and producing.

What careers will you be ready for?

You could pursue a career in a diverse range of creative and cultural roles, including:

  • Professional or independent theatre artist
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Stage management
  • State, local and community groups and much more.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll have the opportunity to venture into new and challenging contexts to enhance your learning.

GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee

The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.

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Minor Note Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 4 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Where could this degree take you?

Jesse's life experience and passion for her performance studies led to her work as an Applied Theatre Practitioner, initiating a project helping families share their own stories.

Career options

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Stage management
  • State, local and community groups

"I performed at the Malthouse, and the opportunity was unreal ... We had the luxury to explore the themes and work on completing the production over months throughout the semester."

- Edan Goodall