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Improvisation for the theater : a handbook of teaching and directing techniques
Spolin, Viola.
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xxxi, 397 pages ; 23 cm
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PN2071.I5 S6 1983 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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