Project Description

Art Gallery

 Akin to Who Am I?, many often call this game “Endowment”. How it is played in current Improv training bears little resemblance to the original exercise. Players A and B. A is seated and B enters the art gallery and has given A some unusual physical characteristic. The key to the game is to relate to the one who doesn’t know and convey the quality to that player. Player A must not assume, but play along until it becomes clear what the physical characteristic is and then adopt it and continues to play and bring the scene to a conclusion. This example is hilarious when you know that the unknowing player is. In this case Player A is a 2 dimensional abstract Picasso-like painting. Note the lack of urgency as the players unfold this scene. If you play this game, the goal is to show and not tell no matter how long it takes. Coach “No Urgency” if the players become impatient. i.e., B tells or A assumes and begins guessing.

• By helping to free the student-actor for the learning process and by inspiring communication in the theater with dedication and passion, it will be found that the average person will not fail to respond to the art form.

— Viola Spolin