Jon Venn

1st January 2017 to 16th May 2017

Theatrical Interpretation

This first-year module provided a history of performance across the 19th and 20th century. I led seminar groups in discussions of various practitioners (including Meyerhold, Svoboda, and Littlewood). As well as group discussion, I used exercises through movement and voice, in order to communicate and explore various innovations and concepts of theatre. It involved summative marking of presentations and essays. 

1st October 2016 to 16th November 2016

Staging the Text

This was a second-year practical module, which involved students staging various texts in the mode of Epic Theatre. I delivered an intense and practical two-hour workshop on dramatic action and adapting text for multiple groups. I directly guided and facilitated two groups through the development of productions of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and Tectonic Theatre Project’s The Laramie Project.

1st January 2016 to 30th April 2016

Performance and Interpretation

I acted as a seminar tutor for a second time on this second-year module. The module is theory driven, mapping different theoretical frameworks onto various different performance contexts. This covered queer theory, postcolonialism, and cultural materialism to contexts such as Black British Theatre, and contemporary feminist protest. It involved the formative assessment of presentations and essays, and resulted in students producing a series of PechaKuchas on the theatre industry.