Singing Dialogue Viola Spolin was aware that singing uses another area of the brain and is important to help 'unhook' your dialogue from the meaning. New rhythms and patterns emerge and can also help memorized dialogue in scripted material, as a rehearsal technique Singing often descends into sing-song or reciting dialogue [...]
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 [...]
Action / Interaction / Transformation One of the most gratifying games to play for me is Transformations. Finding new relationships in partnership with another player in a kaleidoscope kind of way is so invigorating. No Urgency / No Motion / Heighten and Explore The best thing is to wait for the [...]
Viola Spolin coaches Who Am I? with a group Viola Spolin in this rare video does a variation of the single player version of Who Am I? by asking the group to show the player who doesn't know who they are through relationship to that person and the where. From a [...]
Save a Friend Tag Viola Spolin in a rare video, shows her group of players "Save-a-Friend-Tag' from the Handbook of Recreational Games by Neva Boyd (her teacher and inspiration). This was part of the workshop session to get energy up, keep people involved and having fun, before introducing another group exercise. [...]
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.
High energy warm-up Play for fun and also to get everyone used to seeing and using space objects. The fun is as important as the developing skill. But don't make any recreational game into a "lesson". It spoils the fun.
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 [...]