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The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Gr. 9-12. Teens who like to perform but find organized high-school theater out of reach or too limiting will find great tips for a new acting outlet here. Suggestions for assembling a capable, compatible team of players, setting up performances guidelines, and keeping the action flowing and on target for the audience preface setups for 60 games. The game-exercises, most for teams of 2 to 20, are specifically designed to assist players in using language, literature, song, and movement in their skits. Helpful word and idea lists round out this excellent tool, which emphasizes that practice makes perfect--even when it comes to improvisation. Stephanie Zvirin
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About the Author
Edward J. Nevraumont began improvising with the Canadian Improv Games while in high school. Since then his improv scope has broadened considerably. He has worked in improvised dinner theatre, coached a high school improv team for six years, created the Kingston Improv Games, developed training materials, and facilitated events for drama teachers across Canada. He has studied many different improv schools of thought and worked with everyone from Keith Johnstone to Paul Sills, from Garry Austin to Michael Gellman. He has written training materials for utilizing improvisation in the business world for Queen's University School of Industrial Relations. Currently Edward is using his improvisation techniques as a manager with Procter and Gamble and as one of three directors of "Improv Toronto."
A graduate of the Queen's University Department of Drama, Nicholas P. Hanson teaches improv workshops in schools, universities, summer camps, and workshop settings. As General Manager of the Kingston Improv Games, a high school improv festival, Nicholas has served as a trainer, administrator, judge, adjudicator, host, and late-night problem solver. In his work as an actor, director, and designer of community theatre projects, Nicholas relies on improvisational techniques as an alternative to traditional processes. Currently, Nicholas is adapting his improv curriculum for implementation in social organizations as a means of conflict resolution and societal awareness.
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At first I was turned off by the book's focus on high school and things like how to recruit other students to your group, run shows, and participate in competitions. That sort of thing goes on for more than half the book. But I was pleasantly surprised to learn a few things I didn't know before, like how the members of the group raise the stakes in a scene. That one gem was something I found particularly useful for my writing. (It's all about raising what the character wants to a need while providing more obstacles that are related to the goal itself.)
It's by far not the best book on Improv I own. (Those would be Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation and 101 Improv Games for Children and Adults.) But it's a great book if you're a high-school teacher interested in teaching Improv classes in your school. And even if you're not, you might still learn a thing or two.
and suitable for all ages .....well at least from about age 12 up....though I've seen some kids do it brilliantly.
It helps folks relax, think on the spot, be spontaneous, in the moment, and cooperative. Would be great project for at risk
youth, for example.
This book could help you get started. Learn to play!
This book would probably be most helpful to someone who is already very familiar with improv and who wants to teach it to high school students. But for the sake of those you are teaching, seek out more complete references like those by Viola Spolin.