“ImprOvientation” was developed as an original long-form to welcome new students to college. “Story Hot Spot” is an exercise that develops the personal story-telling skills that so deeply inform this semi-autobiographical style of performance.
“Theme Scenes” encourages a more emotionally grounded and nuanced style of improvisational play well-suited to both short- and long-form expeditions.
Edits come in many shapes and sizes. Here’s a working list of some options to help you craft and pace your improv action.
In 2005 I began a collaboration with the Office of Rollins Explorations designed to bring a fully improvised orientation show to the incoming class of students. We called the resulting format ImprOvientation. The production has become a campus mainstay. The title, on the other hand… no one ever uses.
The “Sequence Game” offers a way to brainstorm or refresh material before embarking on style-based or dramaturgically informed work.
“Dramaturgical Improv” is a term I’ve started to use that describes a particular approach to spontaneous theatre that is near and dear to my own heart as a deviser and practitioner.
While it’s helpful to avoid drama backstage, the same isn’t true when we’re performing. “D” is for “Drama” reflects on the more serious side of improv.
The central technique of “Angel and Devil” adds vibrancy to long-form pieces while also operating well as a stand-alone short-form game or skills building exercise in a workshop setting.
I consider the concept of “Connections” as an overarching improv term that includes, but is not limited to, the similar tools of callbacks and reincorporations.
Consider the many faces of comedy in improvisation performance with “C” is for “Comedy.”