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  Improvisational theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Improvisational Theatre (also known as improv or impro) is a form of theatre in which the actors perform spontaneously, without a script.
Modern improvisational comedy, as it is practiced in the West, falls generally into two categories: short form and long form.
Some key figures in the development of improvisational theatre are Avery Schreiber, Viola Spolin and her son Paul Sills, founder of Chicago's famed Second City troupe and inventor of Story Theater, and Del Close, founder of ImprovOlympic (along with Charna Halpern) and creator of the long form improv known as The Harold.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Improvisational_theatre   (1569 words)

 Improvisational theatre Info - Bored Net - Boredom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Improvisational theatre (also known as improv or impro) is a form of theatre in which the actors perform without a script.
A subset of improvisational theater is improvisational comedy, which applies the techniques of improv to a comedy form.
Other important figures in the development of improvisational theatre were Viola Spolin and her son Paul Sills, founder of Chicago's famed Second City troupe and inventor of Story Theater, and Del Close, founder of ImprovOlympic and creator of the long-form improv known as "The Harold".
www.borednet.com /e/n/encyclopedia/i/im/improvisational_theatre.html   (864 words)

 General Fools Improvisational Theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
General Fools Improvisational Theatre is an Improvisational theatre company from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
General Fools Improvisational Theatre is a registered not-for-profit organization that has been performing improvisational theatre for nine seasons.
Ideas for their improvised forms have come from such diverse sources as: the television show 24, popular "How to Host a Perfect Murder" home games, and unfinished scripts solicited from local writers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/General_Fools_Improvisational_Theatre   (352 words)

 Improv and Method Acting
Shortform improvisation (often referred to simply as shortform) is an approach to improvisational theater and improvisational comedy consisting of a series of games or structures that each encompass a single scene, with no narrative relationship to prior or subsequent scenes.
Longform improvisation, often referred to simply as longform, is an approach to improvisational theater and improvisational comedy consisting of one or more scenes which are connected by a narrative thread or theme.
Longform improvisation is the predominant form of improvisational performance in Chicago, considered the birthplace of contemporary improvisational theater.
www.vtheatre.net /method/improv.html   (4562 words)

  - Resource Section Theatre
Theatre that expands the imagination and extends the conventional boundaries of language, structure, space and performance that challenges the conventional notions of what theatre is. That's convergence-continuum.
Ensemble Theatre has won local awards for the plays performed, including the Northern Ohio Live Award for the 1992 production of "Trip to Bountiful," with local actors Dorothy and Reuben Silver, as well as one of 25 National PBS awards for Best Educational Programming for it's "Panorama of African American Theatre" series.
The theatre seeks plays that stretch dramatic and theatrical conventions, as well as plays that are concerned with its characters' journeys so that they may offer audiences a unique and challenging look into the human condition.
www.artistschair.com /resource_theatre.asp   (2642 words)

 Piven Theatre Workshop High School Classes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
When combined with the ensemble-oriented techniques of Theatre Games & Story, improvisational staging tools not only heighten the individual actor’s work but can also be used to develop a director’s eye or a young playwright’s perceptions.
The group focuses on "Without a Net" performance, an improvisational style in which the ensemble performs without the safety net of a script, blocking or prior rehearsal.
While still utilizing improvisational forms to help young actors access their emotional and physical instruments, this class focuses on the process of preparing scenes from interesting and provocative plays, contemporary and classical.
www.piventheatre.org /workshop/hs.html   (398 words)

 improvisational theatre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Improvisational theatre is a form of acting in which the actors perform without a script and act spontaneously.
Sometimes there are a group of props to use randomly or there may be no props at all and it is up to the actor to convince the audience that they are using something that isn’t really there as demonstrated through the dramatic form of mime.
The art of improvising is useful in learning to focus and to trust your instincts.
www.newagestudies.com /index_files/improv.htm   (258 words)

 Lane Community College - Theatre Classes
Prerequisite: Improvisational Theatre 1 (TA 144) or consent of instructor.
Students apply the principles of improvisation to character development and scene analysis as well as to everyday life, learn devices for scene transitions, and study and practice historical styles.
Prerequisite: Improvisational Theatre 2 (TA 145) or consent of instructor.
www.lanecc.edu /perarts/theatre/classes.htm   (1768 words)

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Modern improvisation finds its roots in Commedia dell'arte, (Italian, meaning "comedy of professional artists") which was a form of improvisational theater which began in the 16th century and was popular until the 18th century, although it is still performed today.
Traveling teams of players would set up an outdoor stage and provide amusement in the form of juggling, acrobatics, and, more typically, humorous plays based on a repertoire of established characters with a rough storyline.
Today, many theatre troupes are devoted specifically to staging improvisational performances.
www.improv.org /about/improvtheatre.htm   (923 words)

 Livery Theatre | About Improv and the Theatre
The theatre was renovated in 1999, which provided upgraded facilities and a permanent stage for our performances.
Keith Johnstone, the founder of TheatreSports™, has been involved in improvisational theatre since the mid-1950s and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in this field.
Gorilla Theatre™ This is a four-player format, in which each of the improvisers take turns directing the other three in a scene or game of his/her choosing.
www.liverytheatre.org /about.html   (765 words)

 Open Directory - Arts:Performing Arts:Theatre:Improvisational   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Competitive improvisation, where 2 or more teams play against each other, the audience or a jury determining the winner, is presented by groups like "ImprovOlympics", "TheaterSports", and "ComedySportz".
Playback theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.
Competitive improvisation, where 2 or more teams play against each other, the audience or a jury determining the winner, is presented by groups like "ImprovOlympics", theatersports",and "comedysports.
dmoz.org /Arts/Performing_Arts/Theatre/Improvisational/desc.html   (337 words)

 Theatre Illuminata :: A Houston Regional Theatre Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Karina Pal Montaño’s love of theatre was sparked after being cast as The Clumsy Elf in an original piece she helped co-write, direct, and produce.
She spent her formative years growing up in Sugarland, where her love for theatre and the arts was cultivated by her mother (a gifted artist), and her father (a consummate comedian).
Over the years Deborah has participated as a writer and performer for several Improvisational theatres in St. Louis and Miami, where she currently resides.
www.theatreilluminata.org /foundingmembers.html   (613 words)

 Amazon.com: The Compass: The Improvisational Theatre that Revolutionized American Comedy (Centennial Publications of ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Standards for improvisational comedy were set by the Compass Players, a troupe in bohemian 1950s Chicago whose skits satirized American culture and influenced the Second City theatrical revue.
Out of this group was born a new form: improvisational theater and a radically new kind of comedian.
Understanding the evolution of improvisation as well as the tried and true tactics are mandatory to being a good performer.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0226113450?v=glance   (1081 words)

 Theater and Theatrical Events
Theatre Strike Force - improvisational theatre troupe for the University of Florida.
Theatre InSight - journal of performance and theatre studies designed as a publishing outlet for emerging scholars.
Theatre Topics - focusing on performance studies, dramaturgy, and theatre pedagogy.
www.partyguideonline.com /cultures/arts/theatre.html   (3489 words)

 THERAMONITOR.COM: Drama Therapy - Improvisational Theatre
Jonathan Fox founded Playback Theatre, a community based form with links to oral storytelling and psychodrama.
Modern improvisation began in the classroom with the theatre games of Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone...
Role-playing is like being in an improvisational drama or free-form theatre, in which the participants are...
www.theramonitor.com /drama/improv.html   (968 words)

 learnimprov.com: Welcome to learnimprov.com
Improv comedy structures are one of the key tools used to create improvisational comedy theatre.
Whether you are a recreational improviser, or a professional you can join the thousands of improvisers from around the world that have used this resource to make our world a funnier and more improvier place.
You can also search through the database for exercises or warm-ups that can help improvisers work with some of the more common problems that improvisers or groups have.
www.learnimprov.com   (336 words)

 Improvisational Theatre
Neil Mullarkey, Improvisational Theatre workshop, Creative and innovative methods for communicating efffectively, Learn to communicate in a more creative, effective and stimulating way.
It is an active and interactive process where people are asked to address their own behaviour, and are offered the chance to experience a new paradigm.
Since 1985 he has improvised sketches and stories with the Comedy Store Players, of which he is a founder-member.
www.cityspeakersinternational.co.uk /training_details.php?tdID=54   (329 words)

 Memphis Improvisational Theatre - Greg Childers
Greg Childers has been involved in improvisational and scripted theatre since 1989.
While earning a BA in Sociology with a minor in Theatre and Communication Arts at the University of Memphis, he performed in The Bell Witch and was part of the technical crew for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Darconville’s Cat, and Whale.
He is the Executive Producer of the Memphis Improvisational Theatre, Director of the Training Center, and the Executive Producer of the Memphis Comedy Festival.
www.memphisimprov.com /staff/greg.htm   (234 words)

 lila theatre - Jill Mueller
JILL MUELLER, M.A. is the co-founder of Lila Theatre.
She also serves as the improvisation consultant for Lila’s sister theatre, Abbreviated Enlightenment Productions (Dallas).
She was the improvisational theatre director for Gesamtkunstwerk: a fusion of art, The Sunday Group, and The Florida Mod Project.
www.lilatheatre.org /jillmueller.html   (308 words)

 Improvisational Theatre Structures Main Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
This page is dedicated to the structures of improvisational comedy theatre.
Exercises focus on particular aspects of the craft of improvisation, and allow for players to focus on the skills of environment, characters, listening, story telling, etc.
Handles are the bread and butter of improvisational theatre troupes.
www.staircase.org /structures/structures.html   (395 words)

 Improvisational :: Theatre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Improv Page, The: Bernie Roehl presents a clearinghouse for information about improvisational theatre.
International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN): Supports development of playback theatre worldwide through its programs and services, membership benefits, training resources, administration, and contacts.
Playback Theatre is improvisational theatre of personal stories developed by Jonathan Fox.
arts.gourt.com /Performing-Arts/Theatre/Improvisational.html   (183 words)

 Amazon.ca: Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Improvisational actors make up scenes, dialog and entire plays on the spot.
This book is written for trainers, HR personnel, managers and team leaders who are interested in increasing their tool kit, and enhancing the impact, fun, and retention levels of their workshops.
It assumes no previous experience with improvisation or performing, offers all the needed background and provides clear and practical instructions with a range of simple and effective exercises.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1579220339   (1162 words)

 Children's Improvisational Class Returns At Media Theatre!
You're Onstage with Haney and Ricker, the interactive improvisational theatre experience for children ages 5-12, returns at The Media Theatre for a limited engagement in February.
Tim Haney and Roger Ricker, Media Theatre acting instructors, guide the Saturday morning improvisation, with Haney on the keyboards and Ricker actually directing the show as it moves along.
Artistic Director Jesse Cline explained, “At the Media Theatre, we believe in the strength of this basic philosophy: Acting is living as truthfully as one can under an imaginary circumstance.
www.theatrealliance.org /news/2005/0111.html   (205 words)

 BATS Improv - Center for Improvisational Theatre
For 20 years, BATS Improv has been a leader in the Bay Area's innovative improv theatre scene.
Each and every weekend, we present a series of completely improvised shows in a variety of formats—from Theatresports to improvised musicals and everything in between.
One of the nation's largest schools of improvisational theatre, BATS Improv has a class for you—whether you are working to enhance your performance skills or think that improv just looks like fun.
www.improv.org   (216 words)

 Books about Improvisational Theatre
A large number of books have been written about improvisational theatre, and the following is not by any means an exhaustive list.
One small note: "theatre" is not a typo, it's the correct spelling in England and Canada (where a lot of the improv books are from).
Please don't send me email telling me the spelling is inconsistent; I'm simply using the literal title from the front of each book, so it will be "theater" for books published in the United States and "theatre" everywhere else.
www.improvcomedy.org /books.html   (139 words)

 Paper Slip Theatre, A Professional Improvisational Theatre Company
Paper Slip Theatre, (or just PST) is an unique blend of comedy and improvisational theatre.
Paper Slip Theatre is an invitation to play.
All information is Copyrighted 2000-2002 Paper Slip Theatre, Inc (PST).
www.papersliptheatre.com /whatwedo.html   (240 words)

 Lola Tarot ~ Sacred Ritualistic Theater
Lola Tarot weaves together improvisational theatre, music and dance with Tarot card readings, creating uniquely interactive one-of-a-kind performances.
Musicians then build an improvisational soundscape against which the ensemble of actors bring this amazing oracle to life.
What is produced is a show unlike anything that you have ever seen.
www.lolatarot.org   (312 words)

 Welcome to the Media Theatre Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
CAMP MEDIA THEATRE 2007 is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity for young actors to study with PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORS, PERFORMERS AND TECHNICIANS.
Campers write, design, and perform an improvisational theatre production that is performed on the Media Theatre stage for family, friends and the general public.
Each camp session* is designed for children 5-17 years of age, in three separate age groups.
www.mediatheatre.org /camp.php   (302 words)

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