No Motion with the Spolin Players The concept of No-Motion is a quiet holding onto a moment for as long as one can, before it becomes static. As you go into no-motion it is both a thing to do and a thing to hold (like a mantra). When in No-Motion you are [...]
Intuition vs. Intellect: A discussion of Yes, And... & More Improv rules like Yes, and... and Make Your Partner Look Good, makes for some wonderful improvisational moments, but is limited. The dimension of Space is often left out and the connection between players is often intellectual (from the head). Having a good [...]
Mirror Speech leading to Follow the Follower This is a good example of coaching people into following the follower. Note where resistance to the focus presents itself and helps clarify the concept of Following the Follower in the evaluation.
Follow the Follower, Lecture / Explanation, Mirror Games, Refining Awareness, Verbal Agility, Viola SpolinGary Schwartz
Focus on Reflection vs. Content Mirror Speech gives a good example of true improvisation. It is not turn-taking or mimicking. Rather it allows both players to explore ideas and let the story (such as it is) go where it will. It will often become a flight of fanciful ideas. Listen [...]
Making the Invisible Visible This is a very important exercise. Space is the most neglected aspect in Improvisation. I stress it, because beyond seeing, it requires strong focus and goes a long way to create a compelling stage reality. In this video, I demonstrate and also coach students new to [...]
Converge and Redivide variation: Lone Wolf Viola Spolin in a rare video conducting a workshop in Utah in 1972. Here she has three groups do Lone Wolf a version of Converge and Redivide. Her coaching is wonderful to watch.
Lecture / Explanation, Orientation, Refining Awareness, Sensory Awareness, Spacewalks, Warm Up GamesGary Schwartz
Playing in Slow Motion Slow motion is a great sidecoach to use when you are feeling urgent or panic in a scene. Coaching slow motion re-focuses the players and they have more time to see without stopping . Understanding the difference between true Slow Motion and Moving Slowly As in the evaluation [...]
Welcome to the Spacewalks Page SIDE COACHING SPACE WALK GAMES/ EXERCISES See your fellow player and let them see you! Space walks should be given often as warmups and the side coach must participate actively in these exercises. Spacewalks are appropriate for any group, (classroom, workshop, or show warm-up). It is also used [...]
Space Substance and Follow the Follower Side coaching and the Approval/Disapproval Syndrome Space Substance and Words Detailing the Object and Sidecoaching A conversation with NPR freelance journalist Carol Grey and Valerie Harper
No Motion - Action at a simmer The concept of No-Motion is a quiet holding onto a moment for as long as one can, before it becomes static. As you go into no-motion it is both a thing to do and a thing to hold (like a mantra). When in No-Motion you [...]
Quick Selection for Where The Where In setting up a scene, the group will benefit from being able to quickly agree on basic set pieces in the Where. During play, more may emerge, but everyone needs a door, a window, something to sit on, etc. More than one room [...]