Instruction on methods and theories of improvisation as a means of developing character and authenticity for the stage as well as for social and professional contexts that require creative problem solving and collaboration.
Open to Degree and CDE students
This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the craft of improvisation within the contexts of theater and performance. The course will explore language, the physical body, the point of view of the audience, and writing as modalities of improvisational performance and open to anyone in any discipline. The course will enable students to connect vocally, emotionally, and physically to exercises and practices that engage improvisational possibilities. The course seeks to help students in seeing improvisation as an invaluable tool to improve their communication skills, confidence, and their ability to problem solve quickly, as well as exercise empathy through collaboration and a supportive space for experimentation.
This course is entirely studio-based with discourse and conversation being a huge component. Students should expect to spend 2-4 hours a week on coursework outside of class, with additional time for the presentations. Students must be fundamentally interested in concepts of improvisation, theater, and wider notions of performance. With proper study, practice, analysis, and application, students will leave this course with a clear understanding of basic improvisation skills, requirements, and techniques. All readings will be made available through BlackBoard as a PDF file and include: “Improvisation for the Theater” by Viola Spolin “Rules of Improv" by Tina Fey "The Creative Process" by James Baldwin And more.
Evaluations for this course is cumulative and based on attendance, active participation, and the successful completion of all assignments: readings, writings, and performance viewings. Emphasis will be on collaborative and individual class presentations and final.
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