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Improvisational Theatre

Course Number: TA 144
Transcript Title: Improvisational Theatre
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Become more in touch with the body and senses as used to express yourself and communicate with others. Includes exercise, theatre games and impromptu scenes to tap the creative potential of the human imagination. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Creatively develop and perform improvisations.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of rules and framework of improvisations.
  3. Perform numerous improvisational formats that may include Theatre Sports and/or Harolds.
  4. Perform a scene from a play using improvisation as the basis.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies shall include:

  1. Completion of weekly homework assignments that address specific exercises.
  2. In-class commitment to performance and risk taking
  3. In-class analysis of self and others
  4. Midterm performance of
  5. Final long form Harold

Course Activities and Design

Principles of improvisation using Spolin and Close exercises will predominate the strategies used in nurturing the student’s natural improvisational abilities. Units will be broken into the following components:

  • History of Improvisation in Theatre
  • Warm-ups and relaxation strategies
  • Group mind
  • Basic improvisational techniques and games
  • Basic characterization using stock characters
  • Script writing from improvised scenes
  • Performance of script using improvisation
  • Harolds

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes

  1. Analysis of script in preparation for a role
  2. Team work
  3. Critical analysis
  4. Appropriate use of warm-up activities

Skills

1.0 IMPROVISATION FROM TEXT
1.1 Analysis of character and plot line
1.2 Rehearse and perform scene by improvisation
1.3 Critique other performances using examples

2.0 BEGINNING USE OF IMPROVISATIONAL SKILLS
2.1 Demonstrate rules of improvisation
2.2 Perform improvisational exercises
2.3 Develop ideas to form basis for exercises

3.0 PHYSICAL AND VOCAL WORK (TRUST EXERCISES)
3.1 Use the body and voice to convey character
3.2 Practice exercises to determine time and place
3.3 Demonstrate "blind walk", "circle of trust", "free falling"

4.0 THEATRE SPORTS
4.1 Rehearse and perform mirrors, one-line story, sound ball as methods for warm-up
4.2 Develop competitive exercises such as Story, Story, Die and Freeze Frame
4.3 Practice use of the system of rating improvisations

5.0 HAROLD
5.1 Define a Harold using improvisational terminology
5.2 Rehearse scene-to-scene connections
5.3 Perform a long-form improvisation or Harold
5.4 Critique other Harolds