Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques, Including a New Appendix / Edition 3 available in Paperback
Here is the thoroughly revised third edition of the bible of improvisational theater.
Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, and psychology.
Also available: Spolin's Theater Game File
About the Author
Viola Spolin, the originator of theater games, was introduced to the use of games, storytelling, folk dance, and dramatics as tools for stimulating creative expression in the 1920s while a student of Neva Boyd at Chicago's Hull House. During her years as a teacher and supervisor of creative dramatics there, she began to develop her nonverbal, nonpsychological approach. Her books have been translated into Swedish, German, and Portuguese. She died in 1994.
Paul Sills is Viola Spolin's son and the founding director of Chicago's Second City and of Story Theater. He is the coeditor of the third edition of Improvisation for the Theater.
Table of Contents
Paul Sills' Introduction
Paul Sills' Sayings of Viola Spolin
Alphabetical List of Exercises
Viola Spolin's Preface to the First Edition
Viola Spolin's Preface to the Second Edition
THEORY AND FOUNDATION
I. Creative Experience
II. Workshop Procedures
V. Acting with the Whole Body
VI. Non-Directional Blocking
VII. Refining Awareness
VIII. Broadcasting, and Technical Effects
IX. Developing Material for Situations
X. Speech and Rounding-Out Exercises
CHILDREN AND THE THEATER
XIII. Understanding the Child
XIV. Fundamentals for the Child Actor
XV. Workshop for Six-to-Eight-Year-Olds
FORMAL THEATER AND IMPROVISATIONAL THEATER
XVII. Rehearsal and Performance
XVIII. Post-Mortem and Special Problems
Definition of Terms
Glossary of Side-Coaching Phrases
Appendix I. New Exercises
Appendix II. Traditional Games
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This phenomenal book by the late Viola Spolin allows any actor or actress to really grasp the emotion, movement, and interation that take place on stage. She uses a series of games and excercises that tackle all the major areas of Improvisational theater. It starts from the beginning, and works players up to scenes involving Who, What, and Where. This book will help even the most experienced of actors, and those who are just beginning. Ideal for: College Courses High School Courses Theater Workshops
My improv training has helped me more in my life and my career than most of my formal training. Spolin is the master.