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Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques Advice And Guidelines On Improvization Aspects In The Theatre


10 thoughts on “Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques

  1. says:

    My improv training has helped mein my life and my career than most of my formal training Spolin is the master.


  2. says:

    You can judge the book by the vest the author is wearing on the cover.


  3. says:

    The Classic


  4. says:

    An amazing resource, essential for any teacher of theatre or director of amateur theatre Spolin has a system, perfected from years of experience, for taking actors of any age and polishing the rough qualities from performance The idea is to present problems that directly challenge the actor to come up with organic solutions, therefore teaching by experience rather than through lecture or rote repetition of dogmatic ideas The focus is on improvisational theatre, but these improvisational activ An amazing resource, essential for any teacher of theatre or director of amateur theatre Spolin has a system, perfected from years of experience, for taking actors of any age and polishing the rough qualities from performance The idea is to present problems that directly challenge the actor to come up with organic solutions, therefore teaching by experience rather than through lecture or rote repetition of dogmatic ideas The focus is on improvisational theatre, but these improvisational activities are great for actors in scripted plays as well.If you ve ever had the feeling that your class just doesn t get it no matter what you say, pick up this book It was a huge paradigm shift for me and I m excited to try some of these exercises


  5. says:

    For an Activity Course I will be teaching next year.After it was stolen, I never got it back, however I got enough information out of it to know that this is for a very intense and serious improvisation class Not exactly what I needed it for Some of the ideas were great and translated to other games that I knew, but most of these are too focus driven for my purposes Read only if you are looking to teach serious actors serious Improv.


  6. says:

    Reading this is like reading some of the books in the old testament This guy begat him who begat that fella who begat a group of dudes It sof a reference book, and it s very 60s touchie feelie but still has some great stuff.


  7. says:

    I used this to devise my own theater class back in the early 80 s I still use it today when I do workshops for the music camp and Pied Piper summer camps The first edition was useful I haven t seen the 1999 version.


  8. says:

    A wonderful basic as well as complicated book totally necessary for me as a drama teacher and also for me as a human being.


  9. says:

    For CTAR 323 Improvising and Role Play class readingViola Spolin dedicated this book to her drama teacher, Neva Boyd Handbook of Recreational Games I appreciate the appendixes on definition of key terms, side coaching phrases, new exercises and traditional games It s very useful for ESL class.


  10. says:

    A valuable resource for my teaching.