Improv Acting A
(5 Week Session)
In this 5-week fun course on improvisation, students will learn how actors need to be able to think on their feet, use their imaginations, act from their impulses, and work as a team. In every class, students will participate in improv games and group exercises designed to improve their skills, apply what they’re learning, and have ridiculous amounts of fun! Students will learn how to make bold choices, say “yes, and…” to others, act under given circumstances, and listen and respond with all of their senses. And… in a final class, students will perform scripted scenes, multiple times, (”Wait, I thought this was improv?!”) with the same dialogue, but with different scenarios, relationships, and locations each time! Although improv is a lot of fun, it is actually very important for actors to study. Not only does improv help actors build confidence and overcome fears of looking silly or messing up, but it helps them be in the moment to listen and react off of their acting partners. It also teaches actors how to handle last minute changes, things that go wrong, and auditions (where one never knows exactly what will happen). Students will leave this class with less self-consciousness, more skill as a team player, and more ready to creatively handle the unexpected.
What You Will Learn
- What Improv is and why it is important for actors to study
- What “Yes, and…” means and how to be a good team player
- How to “think on your feet,” “act from your impulses,” and be creative in the moment
- What “listening with all of the senses” means and why it is important to truthful acting
- What Given/Imaginary Circumstances are and why actors must act “under the given circumstances”
- Sessions 5
- Class Size 4 - 8
- Duration 50 Mins/Session
- Age Group 8 - 13
- Location Zoom
- Skills Acting, improvisation
Lesson 1: Trust and Teamwork!
Topic: Understanding and exploring the need for trust and teamwork in improvisation
Lesson 2: Yes, and…!
Topic: Learning to accept and build on what improv partners create
Lesson 3: Here’s the Situation...
Topic: Understanding and exploring playing under the Given/Imaginary Circumstances
Lesson 4: Listen with All of Your Senses!
Topic: Listening, observing, and responding to acting partners’ verbal and non-verbal messages
Lesson 5: Ever-changing Scene!
Topic: Performance of Ambiguous Dialogue Scenes with changing Given/Imaginary Circumstances