Project Description

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 the exercise. I demonstrate good sidecoaching in this video in that I try to find things to help the players unlock the problem without judgement. Judgmentalism is easy to fall into when working with students of varying skill. Take note of the hints and commentary in the second half of the video.

• The teacher-director must learn to know when the student-actor is actually experiencing, or little will be gained by the acting problems. Ask the player!

— Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater