Improvisation for the Theater : A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques, Paperback

Improvisation for the Theater : A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques Paperback

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This work has inspired the work of countless actors, directors, and writers in theatre, television and film.

Spolin's improvisational techniques have changed the very nature and practice of modern theatre.

This third edition updates the more than 200 now-classic exercises and adds 30 new ones.

It adds 30 traditional theatre games that are frequently used as warm-ups.

It includes Spolin's explanations of key concepts crucial to her programme, and collects ""The Sayings of Viola Spolin"" and adds a glossary of phrases for teachers and directors, with Spolin's definitions of their meaning and value.

Most significantly, though, this edition makes available ""The Lone Actor"".

In this section, Spolin offers games for individuals to play when they are alone.

It is an important piece that should expand Spolin's teachings and influence to an entirely new audience.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Acting techniques
  • ISBN: 9780810140080



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My improv training has helped me more in my life and my career than most of my formal training. Spolin is the master.