Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350017965

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "Narrative Skills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity. "If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre . . . " Irving Wardle

Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350017973

Category: Drama

Page: 208

View: 9405

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A leading figure in the theatre, Keith Johnstone lays bare his techniques and exercises to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine. Divided into four sections, "Status", "Spontaneity", "Narrative Skills" and "Masks and Trance", arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity. "If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre . . . " Irving Wardle

Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0713687010

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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An inspirational sourcebook from a recognized authority in the field of spontaneous acting

Impro for Storytellers

Author: Keith Johnstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135863660

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 388

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Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.

The Improv Handbook

The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Author: Tom Salinsky,Deborah Frances-White

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350026174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 520

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The Improv Handbook is the most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improv available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes, it features a range of games, interviews, descriptions and exercises that illuminate and illustrate the exciting world of improvised performance. First published in 2008, this second edition features a new foreword by comedian Mike McShane, as well as new exercises on endings, managing blind offers and master-servant games, plus new and expanded interviews with Keith Johnstone, Neil Mullarkey, Jeffrey Sweet and Paul Rogan. The Improv Handbook is a one-stop guide to the exciting world of improvisation. Whether you're a beginner, an expert, or would just love to try it if you weren't too scared, The Improv Handbook will guide you every step of the way.

Impro

Improvisation and the Theatre

Author: Gillyanne Kayes,Jeremy Fisher

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780878301638

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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According to some politicians and much of the mainstream media, immigrant populations only contribute crime to their communities. Seen as unmotivated and unemployed, these immigrants are thought to be a threat to society's moral fiber, and a burden to its justice system. Ramiro Martinez tells a very different story in Latino Homicide. Studying five major cities--Chicago, El Paso, Houston, Miami, and San Diego--Martinez reveals Latino homicide rates to be markedly lower than one would expect, given the economic deprivation of these urban areas. Far from dangerous or criminal, these communities often have exceptionally strong social networks precisely because of their shared immigrant experiences. With fascinating case studies drawn from police reports and actual cases, Latino Homicide refutes negative stereotypes in a coherent and critically rigorous analysis of the issues.

Keith Johnstone

A Critical Biography

Author: Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408183277

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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The first critical biography of theatre practitioner Keith Johnstone, who invented the famous Impro system of improvisation of training actors in order to inject creativity and spontaneity into their performances.

Mask Improvisation for Actor Training & Performance

The Compelling Image

Author: Sears A. Eldredge

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810113657

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Because mask improvisation is relatively new in American theatre training, this work is designed to acquaint readers with the theory of mask improvisation and to instruct them in the techniques of the method as well. It gives a historical survey of the role masks of masks in various cultures.

The Improv Book

Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life

Author: Alison Goldie

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783196793

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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A smart, witty and accessible guide to the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation. • Classic improv games and variations • Telling stories and creating characters • Using improv to make theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productions An asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools, drama schools, higher education and theatre groups, both professional and amateur. It will also be of benefit to organisations and individual readers who want to discover how improv stimulates creativity and confidence in all areas of life. The Improv Book opens up this exciting discipline to a wider audience.

Improv for Actors

Author: Dan Diggles

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581159412

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character’s social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.

Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy

The Harold

Author: M. Fotis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137376589

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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Long form scenic improv began with the Harold. The comic philosophy of this form started an era of comedy marked by support, trust, and collaboration. This book tells of the Harold, beginning with the development of improv theatre, through the tensions and evolutions that led to its creation at iO, and to its use in contemporary filmmaking.

How to Improvise a Full-Length Play

The Art of Spontaneous Theater

Author: Kenn Adams

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581157975

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Forget the script and get on the stage! In How to Improvise a Full-Length Play, actors, playwrights, directors, theater-group leaders, and teachers will find everything they need to know to create comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce, with no scripts, no scenarios, and no preconceived characters. Author Kenn Adams presents a step-by-step method for long-form improvisation, covering plot structure, storytelling, character development, symbolism, and advanced scene work. Games and exercises throughout the book help actors and directors focus on and succeed with cause-and-effect storytelling, raising the dramatic stakes, creating dramatic conflict, building the dramatic arc, defining characters, creating environments, establishing relationships, and more. How to Improvise a Full-Length Play is the essential tool for anyone who wants to create exceptional theater. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

The Improvisation Game

Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance

Author: Chris Johnston

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781854596680

Category: Drama

Page: 363

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Improv!

A Handbook for the Actor

Author: Greg Atkins

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 143

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This friendly, informative book looks at the reasons many actors hate improvisation, while quietly reinforcing the reasons improv is a vital part of acting and of theatre.

Improv Wisdom

Don't Prepare, Just Show Up

Author: Patricia Ryan Madson

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780307531841

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

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In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

Improvise. Scene from the Inside Out

Author: Mick Napier

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing

ISBN: 9781566082174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Renowned improv instructor and award-winning director Mick Napier has been at the heart of the professional improvisation community for more than 25 years. The first edition of Improvise. quickly earned its position as necessary reading for improv students across the country and around the world and gave birth to a new generation of performers who questioned "The Rules" of improvisation. This expanded and revised edition has a new foreword by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, additional advice and tips for success, and a full reproduction of Mick Napier's web journal from his time directing the famous show Paradigm Lost for The Second City that included Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Kevin Dorff. In this entertaining and incredibly informative book, Napier will teach you the essentials of... --Why "The Rules" don't matter --How to take care of yourself in a scene --Using context to your advantage --Effective two-person scenes --Balanced large-cast scenes --Successful auditioning --Solo exercises you can practice at home

The Actor And The Text

Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753547341

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is world-famous for her voice teaching. The Actor and the Text is her classic book, distilled from years of working with actors of the highest calibre.

Acting Characters

20 simple steps from rehearsal to performance

Author: Paul Elsam

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408136465

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Recently selected as an Edexcel set text, Paul Elsam's Acting Characters is an introductory handbook for the aspiring actor, compiled of twenty steps grouped into six sections to help create, present and sustain a believable character in most circumstances. It is fundamentally practical and avoids heavy discussion of theory, looking instead at how to use different voices and body language to convey character. According to a peer reviewer, the book is "both interesting for the casual enquirer and illuminating for the more serious practitioner". It de-mystifies the fundamental concepts of Stanislavski's teaching in an accessible way and it is this clarity and empathy with its readership that sets this book apart from its main competition, which the author describes as containing "a lot of rather mystical ideas on how actors go about their craft, but very little on the actual moment-by-moment skills you can work on".

Movement Training for Actors

Author: Jackie Snow

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408157136

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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"This book vividly captures vital and imaginative lessons from one of the most influential and joyous traditions of contemporary actor training. Any actor or teacher, who is devoted to the transformational power of the theatre, will want to return to these pages again and again, finding in them not only the work to be done, but also the inspiration to do it." James Bundy - Dean, Yale School of Drama; Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre Movement training techniques allow actors to acquire the physical body language and non-verbal skills to clearly express the ideas and emotions of their characters. The techniques contained in this book help actors to develop awareness of their own natural posture, walk and rhythm, release the physical imagination and transform into the characters they are portraying, on stage, in film or on television. Movement Training for Actors provides a practical workbook approach to the core fundamentals of movement, fusing together the work of the key practitioners: Sigurd Leeder, Kurt Jooss, Rudolf Laban, Trish Arnold, Litz Pisk, F. M. Alexander, Moshé Feldenkrais, Jerzy Growtowski, Jacques Lecoq and Belinda Quirey. Chapters include Games, Pure Movement, Historical Dance, Acrobatics and Animal Study. The book is illustrated with photographs throughout and contains a DVD featuring over an hour of movement exercises further demonstrating the techniques. Movement Training for Actors is a masterclass on movement written by experienced coach, Jackie Snow and a culmination of her many years of teaching and coaching professionals. The highly practical approach will suit actors of all abilities as well as serving as an inspirational teaching guide.