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Title:
Improvisation for the theater : a handbook of teaching and directing techniques
Author:
Spolin, Viola.
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Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
lv, 412 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1030 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780810140097

9780810140080
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Book

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Summary

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


Summary

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


Author Notes

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 .


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 .


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Library Journal Review

This new edition of a highly acclaimed handbook, last published in 1983 and widely used by theater teachers and directors, is sure to be welcomed by members of the theater profession. Spolin, who died in 1994, developed her improvisational techniques of using "game" exercises while teaching with the WPA Recreational Project in Chicago. Editor Sills, her son and founder of the Second City Theater, here updates over 200 classic exercises and adds 30 new ones. The creative group work and games, which can be used with all levels and ages of performers, and workshop techniques that enhance performers' natural abilities and intuition are all clearly explained. Also included are useful definitions of theater terms and a glossary of side-coaching phrases. Libraries with older editions will want this excellent update. Highly recommended for all theater arts collections.ÄHoward E. Miller, Rosary H.S. Lib., St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

This new edition of a highly acclaimed handbook, last published in 1983 and widely used by theater teachers and directors, is sure to be welcomed by members of the theater profession. Spolin, who died in 1994, developed her improvisational techniques of using "game" exercises while teaching with the WPA Recreational Project in Chicago. Editor Sills, her son and founder of the Second City Theater, here updates over 200 classic exercises and adds 30 new ones. The creative group work and games, which can be used with all levels and ages of performers, and workshop techniques that enhance performers' natural abilities and intuition are all clearly explained. Also included are useful definitions of theater terms and a glossary of side-coaching phrases. Libraries with older editions will want this excellent update. Highly recommended for all theater arts collections.ÄHoward E. Miller, Rosary H.S. Lib., St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Theory and Foundationp. 1
I Creative Experiencep. 3
Ii Workshop proceduresp. 18
Exercises: The Workshop Sessions in This Section Can Be Used in progressive Sequencep. 47
Iii Orientationp. 49
Iv Wherep. 89
V Acting with the Whole Bodyp. 146
Vi Non-Directional Blockingp. 156
Vii Refining Awarenessp. 169
Viii Speech, Broadcasting, And Technical Effectsp. 194
Ix Developing Material for Situationsp. 207
X Rounding-Out Exercisesp. 225
Xi Emotionp. 237
Xii Characterp. 253
Children and the Theaterp. 275
Xiii Understanding the Childp. 277
Xiv Fundamentals for the Child Actorp. 290
Xv Workshop for Six-To-Eight-Year-Oldsp. 300
Formal Theater And Improvisational Theaterp. 317
Xvi preparationp. 319
Xvii Rehearsal and performancep. 329
Xviii post-Mortem and Special problemsp. 363
Definition of Termsp. 375
Recommended Game Booksp. 397