Improvisation for Actors and Writers

Far more than simply an overview of improv comedy, this book helps actors, writers and comedians learn the basics as taught in all the major comedy schools.

Author: Bill Lynn

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015060099051

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 191

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Far more than simply an overview of improv comedy, this book helps actors, writers and comedians learn the basics as taught in all the major comedy schools. First, the do'sand don'ts of the Comedy Improv Commandments. The concepts that, when understood, hit the student like falling anvils: Anvil 1: Collaboration -- Working with the 'Group Mind', Anvil 2: Agreement -- 'Just say Yes', Anvil 3: Foundation -- 'Who, What and Where", Anvil 4: Exploring -- 'Finding the Game'. Successful improv requires the skill of the actor, the talent of the comedian and the ideas of the writer rolled into one. This book tells how it can all be done for performers or teachers.

Improvisation for the Theater

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

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.

Improv for Actors

In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater.

Author: Dan Diggles

Publisher: Allworth

ISBN: 1581153252

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character’s social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.• Approaches improvisation as a tool for developing acting technique • Lessons are applicable to contemporary and classic material and to both comedy and drama Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Impro

In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination.

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350069046

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used 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

Strasberg s Method as Taught by Lorrie Hull

A Practical Guide for Actors, Teachers, and Directors S. Loraine Hull. freshness
and spontaneity that the writer may have difficulty in finding when working alone .
In the Group Theatre much of the writing of plays emerged through improvisation
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Author: S. Loraine Hull

Publisher: Ox Bow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015010861329

Category: Acting.

Page: 358

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In this book the author explores the Strasberg's method for acting, and attempts to create an authentic formal teaching source for this subject.

Improv Comedy

READ THIS FIRST People are attracted to improvisational comedy for various
reasons . The study and performance of “ improv ” are excellent means of
sharpening acting skills and invaluable to developing writing techniques . Actors
praise ...

Author: Andy Goldberg

Publisher: Samuel French , Incorporated

ISBN: 0573606080

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 194

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Drama Harold Pinter Characters: 4 male, 2 female Interior Set In a small house at a coastal resort live a man, his mentally wayward wife and their boarder who has been with them for a year. He is a strange chap, unkempt and in flight from we know not what. Enter an even stranger sleek Jewish man and his muscle bound Irish henchman. The mentally immature wife accommodates them with a room and then decides that it is time for the boarder to have a birthday. At the pa

Improv

This friendly, informative book looks at the reasons many actors hate improvisation, while quietly reinforcing the reasons improv is a vital part of acting and of theatre.

Author: Greg Atkins

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015026857915

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 143

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This friendly, informative book looks at the reasons many actors hate improvisation, while quietly reinforcing the reasons improv is a vital part of acting and of theatre.

The Theatricality of Robert Lepage

Some performers are better writers than others, so they have more influence in
the writing process. After improvising, some actor-authors write their texts, which
another can then develop or the whole group can influence. Other performers
may ...

Author: Aleksandar Saša Dundjerović

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773576988

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 265

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Since the 1980s, multimedia and new technologies have had a great impact on theatre, allowing performance to establish its own language of communication with the audience independent of the written text. Robert Lepage is one of the pioneers and main exponents of mixed-media performance, internationally renowned for a notoriously distinct aesthetic. Aleksandar Dundjerovic, in the first book to explore Lepage's practical work, offers a comprehensive analysis of his creative process, his "transformative mise-en-scene."

Theatre of the Book 1480 1880

3 Cibber ( writing in 1740 ) articulates the authorities ' anxiety when he writes that
acting may " infus [ e ] " the ... from the text inherent in improvisation , eighteenth -
and nineteenth - century writers and actors were paradoxically intent on giving ...

Author: Julie Stone Peters

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199262160

Category: Drama

Page: 494

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Theatre of the Book is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late nineteenth century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical perspective to the growing field of textual studies); anexamination of the creation of the modern notion of text and performance; and a comparative genealogy of ideas about theatrical and textual reception. It shows that, far from being marginal to Renaissance dramatists, the printing press had an essential role to play in the birth of the moderntheatre, crucially shaping the normative conception of 'theatre' as a distinct aesthetic medium and of drama as a distinct narrative form, helping to forge a theatricalist aesthetics in opposition to 'the book'. Treating playtexts, engravings, actor portraits, notation systems, and theatricalephemera at once as material objects and expressions of complex cultural formations, Theatre of the Book examines the European theatre's continual refashioning of itself in the world of print.

Acting Aspect in Bangsawan Theatre

In this context , all actors were not only actors but also script writers . In a process
of creating drama , both writers and actors are required . When an actor
improvised without using any script , in reality the actor would also be the writer .
On the ...

Author: Abdul Samat Salleh

Publisher:

ISBN: UCBK:C097188684

Category: Acting

Page: 397

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The Hollywood Renaissance

Improvisation in film: The 'Joey Clams' scene In 1980 Virginia Wright Wexman
questioned the lack of writing on acting and collaboration between actors and
directors in cinema. Entitling her pioneering essay 'The Rhetoric of Cinematic ...

Author: Yannis Tzioumakis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501337895

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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In December 1967, Time magazine put Bonnie and Clyde on its cover and proudly declared that Hollywood cinema was undergoing a 'renaissance'. For the next few years, a wide range of formally and thematically challenging films were produced at the very centre of the American film industry, often (but by no means always) combining success at the box office with huge critical acclaim, both then and later. This collection brings together acknowledged experts on American cinema to examine thirteen key films from the years 1966 to 1974, starting with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a major studio release which was in effect exempted from Hollywood's Production Code and thus helped to liberate American filmmaking from (self-)censorship. Long-standing taboos to do with sex, violence, race relations, drugs, politics, religion and much else could now be broken, often in conjunction with extensive stylistic experimentation. Whereas most previous scholarship has examined these developments through the prism of auteurism, with its tight focus on film directors and their oeuvres, the contributors to this collection also carefully examine production histories and processes. In doing so they pay particular attention to the economic underpinnings and collaborative nature of filmmaking, the influence of European art cinema as well as of exploitation, experimental and underground films, and the connections between cinema and other media (notably publishing, music and theatre). Several chapters show how the innovations of the Hollywood Renaissance relate to further changes in American cinema from the mid-1970s onwards.

Acting as Reading

But also : The improvising actor uses it up as he goes along , making it up ; he
uses up his making up . Now , insofar as what the improvising actor does is to
produce the text he consumes , we may call his activity writing . And insofar as
what ...

Author: David Cole

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015029217018

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

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In a cultural climate where literary study and theater practice often seem out of touch and out of sympathy with one another, reading and acting tend to be viewed as dissimilar, if not mutually exclusive, occupations. One is private, mental, passive - and something that we all do. The other is public, physical, active - and something that only a few highly trained practitioners do.

Creating Writers

I like to write theatre wherever possible through drama and I use improvisation as
a starting point. I let the actors improvise and contribute to their characters around
ideas. And that's what I advise children to do – to get together a small acting ...

Author: James Carter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000153811

Category: Education

Page:

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This unique and comprehensive text offers an original approach to teaching creative writing by exploring ideas, giving advice, and explaining workshop activities and has many contributors from some of today's most popular children's authors including: Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and David Almond.Creating Writers is a practical writing manual for teachers to use with upper primary and lower secondary level pupils that covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Art by Committee

Improv. to. Writing. At i . O . we have been creating actors , improv coaches ,
directors , and as of the last few years , we are ... says that improvisation is acting
and writing at the same time ; " Improvisers are writers who are writing on - stage .

Author: Charna Halpern

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: IND:30000100203458

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

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This new guidebook for the best in improvisation performance si a sequel to the best-selling book, "Truth in Comedy." It tells how to empower improvisation using the "yes" concept with improv performers.

112 Acting Games

Purpose : To improve improvisation skills I believe that automatic writing is very
closely linked to improvisation . The actors are not given time to think and have to
go with whatever comes to them in the moment . It is the same in improvisation ...

Author: Gavin Levy

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: IND:30000102866591

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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There are more than 100 performance-tested theatre games in this unusually comprehensive collection. They were compiled after more than 15 years of workshops and study sessions. Included are a wide range of proven activities to assist in teaching specialised skills. The book is divided into 20 sections from Relaxation to Thinking Outside the Box. This is a flexible workbook designed to help instructors and participants mould and adapt many ideas to fit their needs.

Improv for Writers

This book is a necessary and vital tool for authors and storytellers everywhere.”—Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew “Thank you, Jorjeana Marie for infusing joy and play and experimentation in the often-arduous act ...

Author: Jorjeana Marie

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399582042

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Free yourself from writer’s block and inner critics with the creative power of improv! “Jorjeana Marie’s generous, joyful, and oh-so-useful book shows writers—both seasoned and new—how to unleash their creativity and find their best story.”—Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way Improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie reveals a new way to generate idea after brilliant idea. Applying the rules of improv to fiction writing, Marie presents fun games and exercises you can do from the comfort of your desk at home. Surprise yourself with new plots, infinite characters and settings, and a supreme confidence in your own process. Armed with the power of improv—and liberating exercises like Ad Agency, Raise the Stakes, and Family Portraits—you’ll soon be an idea machine. With Improv for Writers, your creative storytelling well will never run dry again. Advance praise for Improv for Writers “Here’s a secret. Many authors started out as drama geeks and later found that theatrical skills like deep-diving into character and improvising on the fly were essential tools for writing fiction. Jorjeana Marie’s generous, joyful and oh-so useful book applies the principles of improv to writing and though a series of targeted, fun exercises shows writers—both the seasoned and the new—how to unleash their creativity and find their best story.”—Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way “Part practical, part playful, part encouraging and affirming, Jorjeana Marie’s Improv for Writers is a certain antidote to writing blocks—and writer’s block! This book is a necessary and vital tool for authors and storytellers everywhere.”—Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew “Thank you, Jorjeana Marie for infusing joy and play and experimentation in the often-arduous act of writing fiction. I'll be turning to these exercises whenever I need to jump-start my writing session and will be recommending many of my writing students to do the same.”—Nina LaCour, Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You; and You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan.

The Comedy Improv Handbook

The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and ...

Author: Matt Fotis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317390183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.

Improvisation in Rehearsal

Writers often use their own life experience as part of the creative process , so if
the actors understand the writer they will often get a better understanding of the
motivations and obsessions of the characters they write about . Of course , you
may ...

Author: John Abbott

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124159729

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 204

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After the successful Improvisation Book, John Abbott now explains how theater directors at every level can use improvisation during rehearsals.

On Improvisation

How much can an actor stand ? Where are the limits of such improvisation ?
Once a process such as Teatro Comico is concluded and the première has taken
place , the actors say : “ Now we want to take a break , we aren ' t writers , we don
' t ...

Author: Robert Ciulli

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029803827

Category: Improvisation (Acting)

Page: 164

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Roberto Ciulli is one of the most exciting and provocative theatre directors of our time. In these conversations he expounds the transformative ideas on theatrical improvisation which have challenged actors and audiences alike to rethink what they understand the nature of theatre practice to be. Using examples from more than twenty years of innovative performances with the Theater an der Ruhr, he describes the workshop process, the long-term personal commitment, and the political and aesthetic concepts driving his view of theatre as an agent of social change. His pioneering espousal of internationalisation as a basic principle of contemporary theatre work has won him great acclaim, particularly for his intercultural « Silk Road Project with theatre companies in Central Asia. These conversations have been translated by Geoffrey Davis, who teaches at the University of Aachen.