I Have to Stop You…

Recently, I attended a master class by Impro creator Keith Johnstone. It was very interesting to watch how he conducted scenes with beginners and some of his wonderfully talented master students. I watched as he constantly stopped players from the outset when they made a choice that wouldn't work. I was also interested in how [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity, Theory|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on I Have to Stop You…

If You’re Happy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands!

Or Debriefing the Debrief Remember when we played for fun? I’ve been playing games most of my life. The games we play shape us as people and as a society. In the same way lion cubs and kittens, cavort, pounce and chase around, play equips them for being cats in later life, play makes us [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity, Theory|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on If You’re Happy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands!

But Was I Good?

Approval/Disapproval comes from an authoritarian based system. It starts with our parents, goes to our teachers and we internalize it so completely it becomes the fabric of our lives and of society. I'm not saying that Authoritarians don't get things done or are not productive. Dictatorships are very efficient. But the constant relationship of authoritarian [...]

By | July 20th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Theory|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on But Was I Good?

WHEN & WHAT TO EXPLORE AND HEIGHTEN?

This post is an esoteric one, but an important one. I am always at a loss when I send out a side-coach and, in the words of Viola Spolin, it doesn’t penetrate. My first thought is to say it again or louder, but if it makes no sense to the players, I am only referring [...]

By | July 14th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity, Theory|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on WHEN & WHAT TO EXPLORE AND HEIGHTEN?

Biographical & Historical Information on Viola Spolin by Jeff Sweet

2010-09-09   Viola Spolin – Jeffrey Sweet Young Viola Spolin wanted to be an actress. She left her home in Chicago and went to New York to gave it her best shot. She got no work there.  She returned to Chicago and shifted her focus.  In so doing, she transformed the American theater.  (PS, she also [...]

By | July 13th, 2015|Categories: games, Improvisation for the Theater, Theory|Comments Off on Biographical & Historical Information on Viola Spolin by Jeff Sweet

An Improv Game for Writers

Viola Spolin’s Writing Game Any number of players and one sidecoach Materials: 4 pieces of paper or one divided into quadrants, pen or pencil Label each paper 1, 2, 3 and 4. Title #1 My Dream, #2 How To, #3 A Story and #4 A letter (or any 4 disparate subjects or styles of writing. [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on An Improv Game for Writers

The Four Game Progression

How to Improve your Improv The Problem: In working to create scenes from Who, What and Where, no matter what the game is, once the players establish their who, what and where, novices and players who come from the 'story' approach  to improv, invariably begin thinking 'what can I do to make this more interesting?' [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity, Theory|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Four Game Progression

Playing Creates Community

  In our ever more complex and technological era, true person to person interaction is lost as we interact with each other via technology instead. (witness this blog) The technological revolution has brought us closer in one respect, but the need to interact in a wholesome way within our local community, person to person, is [...]

By | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Theory|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Playing Creates Community

The Story Trap

Pointer # 9 - The energy released in solving the problem, flowing through the Where, Who, and What, forms the scene. Taken from "Improvisation for the Theater" by Viola Spolin; 3rd Edition, Northwestern University Press. I believe creating story should not be the primary focus in improv work. Story is the trap. Rather allow story to [...]

By | December 28th, 2014|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Story Trap

The Layers of the Onion

Silent Tension without Who, What and Where* It had been maybe two years of Wednesday afternoon workshops with Viola before we did an exercise called Silent Tension without Who, What and Where. "I don't do this one right away." she said to us. "But now that you have No-Motion and some games behind you, I [...]

By | December 26th, 2014|Categories: Creativity, games, Improvisation for the Theater, Spontaneity, Theory|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Layers of the Onion

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