#ANU3MT2018: Three Minute Theatre, pitching and performance training

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A 3-hour research pitching workshop, in preparation for the #ANU3MT Three Minute Thesis competition.

Get out of dry academic mode and embrace your inner storyteller. Rediscover the heart of your research, and your passion for it. Crack the scriptwriting code, and absorb some basic performance craft. Get the knack of connecting with an audience. Become more self-aware. Attend this workshop.

Facilitators: Dr Peter Copeman and Bernie Bissett

Peter is a senior lecturer in the Teaching and Learning Centre, University of Canberra, with research and teaching interests including the application of performance theory and practice to presentation skills and pitching, and to pronunciation and speaking skills in TESOL. He has taught acting (including vocal skills), scriptwriting and directing at a number of Australian universities, following a 15-year professional career as a theatre director and playwright.

What this session will cover:

  • Overview: Pitching as performance; pitching as storytelling. The structure of a script.
  • Viewing and small group discussion: Parsing some successful pitches.
  • Writing exercise (individual): Your research problem in one sentence.
  • The importance of your research in once sentence.
  • Group share and feedback on one-sentence writing exercises.
  • Writing exercise (individual): Second drafts of one-sentence exercises.
  • Feedback on second drafts.
  • Secrets of staging: using the space to advantage.
  • Personal preparation and presence: vocal warm ups, projection, connection.
  • Being powerful: conquering performance anxiety through self-belief.
  • Review and questions.


Strictly limited places.
Click here for a map to this session’s location.
If you have any questions, please contact the ANU Research Skills and Training team on researchtraining@anu.edu.au

By registering for this event, you are committing to attendance. There is a $50.00 penalty payment for non-attendance! This event is very popular; if you cannot make the event, please CANCEL you registration in Eventbrite.

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