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Introduction

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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... to improvisation. When we use “terms of art” in the text, we will often render them in small caps.Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-WhiteOctober 2007London...

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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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...Who are we trying to teach here, and what should be borne in mind while reading this section?If you want to learn to improvise, you should go and take some improv classes. There, we’ve said it. Put down this book, go on Facebook, or do...

Randy Dixon—The Synthesizer

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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...Randy Dixon is regarded as one of the most experienced improvisational artists in the northwest United States. He was a member of the legendary Seattle improvisation troupe None of the Above. In 1983 he was a founding member of Unexpected...

Tobias Menzies—The Actor

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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...Tobias graduated from RADA in 1998 and took improvisation courses with The Spontaneity Shop as part of a RADA graduate program. He has since appeared in the Complicité show Light, the James Bond film Casino Royale, as Brutus in the HBO...

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...

Dan O’Connor—West Coast Legend

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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...Dan is co-founder of LA’s Impro Theatre and a co-founder of four other American Theatresports companies, including Bay Area Theatresports. He performed in the Improbable Theatre’s OffBroadway production Lifegame and in the TNN television...

David Fenton—Theatresports MC Down Under

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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...Improviser David Fenton was a regular MC at Brisbane Theatresports in the late 1980s. He is now a theatre director and academic. Theatresports at the La Boite Theatre in Brisbane in the 1980s was a phenomenon...

Mick Napier—Power Improviser

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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...Mick Napier is an actor, director, teacher and author living in Chicago. He is the founder and artistic director of the Annoyance Theatre and an award-winning director of The Second City. He is the author of the book Improvise: Scene from...

Patti Stiles—Our Teacher

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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...Patti began improvising at Keith Johnstone’s Loose Moose Theatre Company when she was a teenager. She went on to be artistic director of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre and is now artistic director of Impro Melbourne in Australia...

What Was Improvisation?

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

Books

1

... hosts the Chicago Improv Festival, probably the largest improv festival in the world. The Spontaneity Shop And this is where we come in. Tom and Deborah met attending improv classes...