Theatre Studies Units 3 and 4


Theatre Studies Unit 3 and 4 is a program supported by our friends at the Melbourne Theatre Company. We’ve developed a course that brings practicing actors, directors and designers to the online classroom, creative and construction workshops, and rehearsal spaces.

See professional theatre from the inside and apply this knowledge and skill to Unit 3. You will collaborate with your fellow students in production teams to interpret a script for performance to an audience.

In Unit 4, you will focus on presenting an interpretation of a monologue from a script. Students choose two production roles to specialise in: actor/director, costume, make-up, props, set, sound and lighting.

In both units, you will see performances from the VCAA Theatre Studies play list, and have the opportunity to attend workshops and camps to develop your storytelling skills.

Be part of a partnership that wants to see you from the front row, not just in the front row.

Who is it for?

We’re all storytellers. That’s what the theatre is about. No matter which production role specialisation you choose, you will be playing a role in bringing to life a part of the puzzle that is the human condition.

What do you do?

Activities you will engage in include:
You will:

  • be a valued member of a production team
  • interpret a script for presentation to an audience
  • choose a production role
  • specialise in acting and directing
  • specialise in design, costume, make-up, props, set, sound and lighting
  • experiment with Theatre technologies
  • apply Dramaturgy to Production roles
  • establish tools and strategies to document the theatre production process
  • develop theatre literacy
  • apply critical thinking in discussion and writing
  • immerse yourself in all things theatre.

What skills do you need?

You need to be able to speak clearly about your ideas and have the capacity to build reciprocal relationships with others in your production team. You will be required to engage in creative and imaginative rehearsal and construction workshops, commit to seeing a project completed and have a sense of adventure and exploration!

What skills do you develop?

Some of the skills you will develop are:

  • confident articulation and discussion of your ideas
  • analytical and critical thinking and discussion
  • creative and imaginative thinking
  • theatre production specialisations
  • collaborative literacy
  • decision-making confidence
  • aesthetic sensibility.



Complete the Pre-Enrolment form:

Part A: Student form (link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/THEATRE-A) – to be completed by student and guardian.

Part B: School supervisor form (link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/THEATRE-B) – this form should be completed by the school supervisor when appointed.

This course is delivered online. You must have access to the internet and are required to attend online classes. You will need your own a headset with a microphone and a computer with a webcam.

You will need:

  • timely access to appropriate local spaces for creative and construction workshops, as well as a performance space
  • other theatre personnel as necessary, including a director, actor/s and designers
  • a device to record work in progress with good quality image and sound
  • the support of a supervisor or mentor within the school to guide the theatre production processes.

Things to think about

You will be:

  • required to complete an Expression of Interest form and attend a brief meeting at VSV to confirm that you have the necessary supports at home and in your community to study this subject effectively
  • assigned a production team to work with
  • working collaboratively and independently
  • consistently documenting your contributions to your production team
  • required to articulately discuss and write about the theatre production process and to practice these skills
  • expected to attend production team meetings, rehearsal and construction workshops and VCAA play list performances
  • expected to invest in your ability to think, write and speak critically about theatre
  • presenting evidence of your contributions to your teacher and communicating with them via phone, email and through regular attendance at weekly 1-hour online classes
  • meet the VCAA assessment requirements for the study
  • assessed by your teacher for Outcomes 1, 2 and 3
  • assessed by VCAA in the monologue examination and the end of year written examination.

Things you can do now

Go to the theatre! There are lots of independent and non-professional theatre companies in Victoria

Make predictions about theatre technologies before the performance

Read the script before and after the performance and consider how it has been interpreted

You may choose to acquire a copy of the following text to support your studies: Theatre Studies Acting Smart Version 8 by Jane Bird, Richard Sallis & Mark Bailey, Melbourne: Acting Smart, 2019.

Explore the VCAA website information for Theatre Studies. Read the Theatre Studies Study Design, past exams and subject information. Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.




Things to have a look at

Australian Plays

Find out about Australian plays and playwrights.

Melbourne Theatre Company

Hang out with our friends at MTC.

VCAA Theatre Studies Study Design

Find out about Theatre Studies key skills and knowledge.