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The author, himself an acting teacher and play director, believes that the key to great acting lies in the successful mastery of the art of improvisation, which brings the intensity and spontaneity that marks a truly memorable performance. He encourages actors to work without scripts during some rehearsals and offers 900 improvisational situations designed to stimulate development of character conflicts and the use of obstacles, the environment, and simple props. This title complements but does not duplicate the material covered in Andy Goldberg's Improv Comedy ( LJ 3/15/92). It should serve as an excellent teaching tool in drama classes. Recommended.
- Howard E. Miller, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Missouri Lib., St. Louis
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books (April 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558702334
  • ASIN: B003YCQCVW
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,953,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my twenty-one years as a teacher of theater, I have found few books as valuable as this one. The book provides hundreds of interesting and challenging improvisation situations which have functioned to tap the most creative impulses my students have to offer. The situations have inspired my student actors to explore complexities of character conflict and motivational objectives that they don't often realize exist. I also found the chapter on using improvisation in play direction very worthwhile. I now use the author's suggestions during rehearsals for every play I direct, and my actors benefit greatly. No collection of books on acting, directing, or teaching theater is complete without this one. I give it my highest recommendation.
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This book is an incredible value. There are, as the title indicates, hundreds of different improvisations. There are improvisations between coworkers, spouses, friends, salespeople/customers, managers/subordinates, and many more. There are also sections where scenes for one individual are introduced. In addition to the different improv situations, the author also includes instructions for teachers or instructors. I am not all that experienced with improvisation but this book makes it easy. Two thumbs up to Philip Bernardi for his excellent contribution to this area.
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I was almost 24 and just landed my first job out of college, assistant directing a company of volunteers who improvised real-life situations and traveled all over mid-state New York educating people of all ages, races and walks of life through theatre. The director who hired me, who has since passed away, gave me this book as a gift on my first day. It has been saving my life for over two decades now. I use it all the time, with children from grades 2 and up, as well as adults. I can't recommend any book more than I can recommend this one, because it truly teaches actors how to generate great ideas from the simplest origins-- a physical position, a line, a relationship, an objective. Moreover, it can be used in countless ways to teach all of the most essential ideas in acting, both scripted and improvisational. It's a must-have and a must-use. Love this book!
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This book has a HUGE variety of improvisation starters which not only provide a scenario, but also provide the actors with an objective toward which to work. This has really helped my students focus their work and stay on track with their improvisations. The only thing that would make this book better is if there were some scenes set up for more than two actors, which would make it more useful for larger group/class sizes (it takes an awfully long time to get through a class full of students two at a time!), but some of the two person scenes can be adjusted to allow for four actors instead, so I would not rule out this book simply for that reason. This is a great resource for anyone teaching improvisation!
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As a high school theater arts teacher, this is one of my best resource books. This is the book I grab when we've completed our lesson and there is only 5 to 15 minute left to class. Grab a couple of volunteer actors and give them a conflict from this book and they're off. The scenes provide the basic elements of improv and acting. This is not a book on how to learn improv. However, it is a great book that provides good setups necessary for good acting and improv scenes.
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Even though the cover of this book is a little dated, I use the improv starters in my high school theatre class all the time. The book is broken down into different sections, so you're able to focus on different theatrical elements such as character, conflict, or blocking. The students have a lot of fun with the situations!
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...for my improvisation ideas in the scene study class i teach. I don't teach "improvisation" as an end to itself so all those improv game books don't work for me. I want to use improves to boot up the experience of personalization in my beginning adult actors. This gives me good starters.
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Philip Bernardi's "Improvisation Starters" is a fantastic collection of scenes, moments, and games that will provide an excellent foundation for improvisational work, rehearsal, and performance. A must have for actors, teachers, and improvisors.
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