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Process

Robert Knopf

Robert Knopf teaches script analysis, directing, and improvisation at University at Buffalo/SUNY, USA where he is Director of Theatre Studies and Professor of Theatre. A theater director, scholar, and writer, Robert Knopf is the author of two books, The Theater and Cinema of Buster Keaton and The Director as Collaborator. He edited Theater and Film and co-edited the seminal two-volume critical anthology, Theater of the Avant-Garde. He has directed plays at Circle-in-the-Square Downtown, Cherry Lane Studio, Paradise Factory, Circle Rep Lab, and New York’s historic Town Hall, as well as for National Public Radio. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Script Analysis for Theatre : Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...CORE ACTION Having broken a play into units and analysed each part and element, you are ready for the next crucial step: to synthesize your findings into a persuasive and inspirational...

Spontaneity

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...First steps in learning to improvise: getting “out of your head” and abandoning control of the future.We are now ready to begin the main work of this book: our improvisation workshop in text form. Whereas we have elsewhere referred...

Being Changed

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The fundamental component of drama, but often overlooked by improvisers, who see in it a tremendous risk. In fact, it can be the most useful tool in their toolbox, and very often the best way to accept offers of all kinds.At a visit...

Working Together

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...What most drama teachers think improv is all about—and a vital skill—but it needs to be taught hand-in-hand with storytelling, or improvisers will accept even the most ludicrous offer in order to be seen as someone who is “good to work...

You Can’t Learn Mime from a Book

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Some handy hints and tips for improving your mime. If you really want to become a good mime artist, reading half-a-dozen pages of an improv manual isn’t going to cut it. But you don’t need to be perfect in order to tell the story.The ideal...

Distributed Cognition, Memory and Theatrical Performance

Evelyn Tribble

Evelyn Tribble is Professor of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Memory is a subject divided by a common vocabulary. The term is used so variously that common ground in discussing the subject can be difficult to achieve. As Robert Wilson has suggested, disciplinary boundaries mark very different ways...

Intermission “What Should Improvisation Be?”

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...#1 “From Innovation to Art Form” By Deborah Frances-White Overview The first of two answers to this important question, this is Deborah’s personal summation of where improvisation came from...

The Rules and Why There Aren’t Any…

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...We are often mystified by what some improvisation teachers tell their students. It is certainly true that there are principles that help people learn to improvise, and technique can always help even an experienced improviser out of a tricky...

Afterword

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Improvisation is an art form which survives in the moment. It lives because audiences and performers want to see and feel the instant of creation. When improvisers are in the present—not planning for the future or recreating what they have...

Status

Tom Salinsky

Tom Salinsky is the co-founder (with Deborah Frances-White) of The Spontaneity Shop. He and Deborah have performed improvisation for the Royal Court, the RSC Summer Season, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Festival, and at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Improv Handbook : The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Maybe Keith’s most profound contribution to improvisation and theatre. We provide some new takes on some old games and talk about how this work fits in to a general improv “education.”Deserving of a whole section (one of just four...