The last improv “H” is for “Hosting” – that critical fellow improviser that can make or break a short- or long-form experience.
“Game of the Scene” refers to the source of interest or dynamism that – given sufficient attention – can blossom into a site of joy and entertainment.
The persona of the “Expert” has a lot to offer in terms of confidence, precision and crafting our characters from a place of strength.
“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.