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1. Improvisation - Imp rovisation A Comedy Improv About...

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2008-02-29 Improvisation A. Comedy Improv About being funny (at least partially) Typically structured around games Often involves audience interaction Generally geared towards a performance context Dramatic / Narrative Improv -About developing, telling stories -Can use games, doesn’t always -Tends to be more process-focused -Developing material for performance -Rehearsal work for a production -Highly applicable outside of theatre -Role playing C. Spotlight: Viola Spolin (1906-1994) Originally trained as a settlement worker Theatre Games System Began while doing theatre in Chicago with WPa Games address different elements of performance (Concentration, relationship building, awareness…) Key-terms/ideas: Play Physicalization Spontaneity Intuition Audience Transformation -Games used in & out of theatre
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D. Keith Johnstone Drama instructor in England, Canada Reversed all of things his acting teachers had told him to make his actors more spontaneous Don’t concentrate!” “don’t think” “Be obvious” “Don’t be clever”
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