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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...

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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...

Go Through an Unusual Door

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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...This exercise stresses the importance of building platforms and uses the frequently overlooked power that improvisers have to build the physical environment to generate story, character and comedy.This game sets a simple challenge...

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...

Introduction: Studying the Cognition of Memory in the Performing Arts

Pil Hansen

Pil Hansen is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary, Canada; a founding member of Vertical City Performance; and a dramaturg. Her empirical and PaR experiments examine cognitive dynamics of memory and perception in creative processes. With Bruce Barton, she developed the multi-disciplinary research model ‘Research-Based Practice’. Hansen chairs the PSi Working Group on Dramaturgy and Performance; her award-winning creative work has toured nationally and internationally; and her scholarly research is published in Connection Science, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, TDR: The Drama Review, Performance Research, Theatre Topics, and Koreografisk Journal among other journals and ten essay collections on dramaturgy, cognitive performance studies, and research methods. Hansen co-edited the essay collection Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (2015). Current and recent artistic collaborators are: Kaeja d’Dance, Theatre Junction Grand, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Public Recordings. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bettina Bläsing

Bettina Bläsing is a responsible investigator at the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University, Germany. She studied Biology at Bielefeld University and Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Bettina worked as science journalist and editor, and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Leipzig before joining the Neurocognition and Action Research Group at Bielefeld University in 2006. Her main research interests are mental representations of body, movement and space; the control and learning of complex movements and manual actions; and expertise in dance. 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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...The authors’ research described here has been supported by CITEC, the VW Foundation, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This collection...

More on Masters and Servants

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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...There are many ways in which improvisers can make us of the dynamic between a Master and a Servant and working with this stylized relationship can improve work on relationship scenes of all kinds.The two Master and Servant games we’ve...

Agree, Agree, Agree

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 extra exercises and ideas to help slightly more experienced improvisers maintain their instinct to agree and help mitigate against the tendency for an ever-increasing bag of tricks to erode the fundamental principle of yes and.As a new...

Finding the Game in the Scene

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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...Is the popular notion of finding the game as difficult as it seems? Easy or difficult, is it worthwhile? Is it the whole shooting match or just another tool?“Finding the game in the scene” is akin to the Holy Grail for some improvisers...

Continue or Thank You

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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...A key game for developing storytelling technique, which is also dependent on accurate feedback from the rest of the group.This is a game we developed so that students could be sure they were interesting the audience. If you play this game...