Much more than just “improv games”
With this handbook you’ll get:
- 16 detailed, full-proof lesson plans that cover the “9 rules of improv”
- Notes on how to introduce improv concepts in clear, concise language
- Over 114 improv games and activities
- Reflection and journaling exercises after each lesson
- Homework handouts and YouTube video links to deepen understanding
- Sample improv scenes to demonstrate “good” and “bad” scene work
- Sample “performance line-ups” for every age/experience level
- A troubleshooting guide to address common issues
- 23 Bonus Videos to demonstrate how games are played
A note from the author
While there are countless books and websites out there with games, many of them lack lesson-by-lesson strategies for teaching improv skills. The books that do teach skills are geared towards long form improv for adults. I wrote this book to save you the time of pouring through those books and websites! The lessons presented here are a culmination of decades of research, teaching and performing.
Similar to Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook, the layout of this resource recreates the experience of being “in the classroom” observing an expert teacher introduce these concepts to a beginning class of students.
Whether you are a drama teacher looking to add a short form improv unit to your curriculum, an improvisor wanting to lead workshops or a general education teacher looking for new ways to incorporate creativity into your class, there is something in this book for you!
– Mel Paradis, Arts Educator & Improv Performer
What skills will my students learn?
- Teamwork and Trust. Students will demonstrate an understanding of improv and develop trust with their classmates.
- Make Associations. Students will practice making associations and discover tools to help them think quickly and creatively.
- Yes, and. Students will demonstrate the ability to accept a statement or action that they are given and add something to it.
- Listen. Students will listen to each other by observing how their classmates move and absorbing what their classmates say.
- Relate. Students will learn to internalize and connect with whatever has been communicated.
- Be honest. Students will demonstrate honesty in their creation of environments, objects and characters.
- Be in the present. Students will make strong initiations that are rooted in the present.
- Tell a story. Students will learn how to incorporate the Important Elements of Storytelling into their scenes.
- Develop Relationships. Students will explore how status affects relationships, and how it can be used to enhance a scene for comedic or dramatic effect.
- Scenework. Students will create entertaining scenes with characters who have a strong relationship, locations, a strong initiation, and a conflict.
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