Improvisation for the Theater

Collects exercises, games, and other techniques developed by Viola Spolin for stimulating creative expression.

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Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 081014008X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 412

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Collects exercises, games, and other techniques developed by Viola Spolin for stimulating creative expression.

Improvisation for the Theater

Presents over two hundred theater games which bring theater experience to amateurs of every age and interest.

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Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1684221439

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 422

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2017 Reprint of 1963 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. "An iconoclastic handbook of theater by the high priestess of improvisational theater in this country... The exercises are artifices against artificiality, structures designed to almost fool spontaneity into being--or perhaps a frame, carefully built to keep out interferences, in which the student-actor waits... Genius, unguarded, "happens" and stage fright, awkward movements, poor enunciation, phoniness, lack of characterization, in fact nearly every ill ever witnessed on stage, disappears... Those in theater, film makers included, will find this an important document in practice and theory; it is a bit like Natural Childbirth to obstetrics"--Film Quarterly.

Improvisation for the Theater a Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques Scholar s Choice Edition

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

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Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1297027183

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Page: 450

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Theater Games for the Classroom

A collection of games and music to aid the drama teacher and give ideas for varied classes.

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Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810140047

Category: Education

Page: 233

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A collection of games and music to aid the drama teacher and give ideas for varied classes.

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Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "Narrative Skills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most ...

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Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350017979

Category: Drama

Page: 209

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A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "Narrative Skills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity. "If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre . . . " Irving Wardle

Theater Games for Rehearsal

Featuring a new foreword by renowned film director Rob Reiner, the updated edition is a necessary addition to any theater bookshelf. This handbook guides directors and their companies step-by-step through all phases of the rehearsal period.

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Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810127494

Category: Drama

Page: 115

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Gives advice on selecting a play, auditioning a cast, and creating a stage space, shows how to conduct acting workshops, and demonstrates rehearsal techniques.

The Improvisation Studies Reader

The problem-solving games and exercises in this handbook [Improvisation for the Theater] will help clear the air of authoritarianism, and as the training continues, it should disappear. With an awakening sense of self, authoritarianism ...

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Author: Ajay Heble

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136187148

Category: Music

Page: 462

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Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists and thinkers from a range of disciplines, including theatre, music, literature, film, and dance. Divided by keywords into eight sections, this book bridges the gaps between these fields. The book includes case studies, exercises, graphic scores and poems in order to produce a teaching and research resource that identifies central themes in improvisation studies. The sections include: Listening Trust/Risk Flow Dissonance Responsibility Liveness Surprise Hope Each section of the Reader is introduced by a newly commissioned think piece by a key figure in the field, which opens up research questions reflecting on the keyword in question. By placing key theoretical and classic texts in conversation with cutting-edge research and artists’ statements, this book answers the urgent questions facing improvising artists and theorists in the mediatized Twenty-First Century.

Interactive and Improvisational Drama

This is the book for you Thirty-two innovators share their approaches to interactive and improvisational drama, applied theatre, and performance, for education, therapy, recreation, community-building, and personal empowerment.You are ...

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Author: Adam Blatner

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595417506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 383

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Are you a drama student looking for other ways to practice in your field? Do you teach drama students, or, as a teacher, want to enliven your lessons? Are you an actor who wants to diversify your role repertoire? Are you a therapist who uses active approaches to promote your clients' creative potentials? Are you wanting to be involved in a meaningful form of social action? This is the book for you!Thirty-two innovators share their approaches to interactive and improvisational drama, applied theatre, and performance, for education, therapy, recreation, community-building, and personal empowerment. You are holding the only book that covers the full range of dynamic methods that expand the theatre arts into new settings where many more people can participate in and enjoy the process of non-scripted drama.Drama is a great field! There are many ways to enjoy this activity other than by having to memorize scripts and preparing a performance for an audience. There are ways that are more playful, and types of drama in which the audience become co-actors. This present book is unique in offering ways for participants to become more spontaneous and involved.

Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching

Improvisational theater: An ethnotheory of conversational practice. In R. K. Sawyer (Ed.), Creativity in performance (pp. 171–193). Greenwich, CT: Ablex. (2001a). Creating conversations: Improvisation in everyday discourse.

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Author: R. Keith Sawyer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139500340

Category: Psychology

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With an increasing emphasis on creativity and innovation in the twenty-first century, teachers need to be creative professionals just as students must learn to be creative. And yet, schools are institutions with many important structures and guidelines that teachers must follow. Effective creative teaching strikes a delicate balance between structure and improvisation. The authors draw on studies of jazz, theater improvisation and dance improvisation to demonstrate that the most creative performers work within similar structures and guidelines. By looking to these creative genres, the book provides practical advice for teachers who wish to become more creative professionals.