The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation

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This comprehensive improv manual shows the who, what, when, why, and how of comedy improvisation. It is a complete improv curriculum divided into four sections. The introduction explains what improv is and how to create an improv team. Improvisational Skills shows some basic rules, physicalization, characterization, teamwork, use of suggestion, etc. Structuring describes who, what, and how to make improv structures, suggestion and reality based. Strategies gives hints and tips for evaluating performance and putting on a show. Unlike other improv books, it provides the tools that show how to structure and create you own new improv games. The theater book also includes appendices with many games and exercises.

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Edward J. Nevraumont began improvising with the Canadian Improv Games while in high school. Since then his improv scope has broadened considerably. He has worked in improvised dinner theatre, coached a high school improv team for six years, created the Kingston Improv Games, developed training materials, and facilitated events for drama teachers across Canada. He has studied many different improv schools of thought and worked with everyone from Keith Johnstone to Paul Sills, from Garry Austin to Michael Gellman. He has written training materials for utilizing improvisation in the business world for Queen's University School of Industrial Relations. Currently Edward is using his improvisation techniques as a manager with Procter and Gamble and as one of three directors of "Improv Toronto."
A graduate of the Queen's University Department of Drama, Nicholas P. Hanson teaches improv workshops in schools, universities, summer camps, and workshop settings. As General Manager of the Kingston Improv Games, a high school improv festival, Nicholas has served as a trainer, administrator, judge, adjudicator, host, and late-night problem solver. In his work as an actor, director, and designer of community theatre projects, Nicholas relies on improvisational techniques as an alternative to traditional processes. Currently, Nicholas is adapting his improv curriculum for implementation in social organizations as a means of conflict resolution and societal awareness.

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Gr. 9-12. Teens who like to perform but find organized high-school theater out of reach or too limiting will find great tips for a new acting outlet here. Suggestions for assembling a capable, compatible team of players, setting up performances guidelines, and keeping the action flowing and on target for the audience preface setups for 60 games. The game-exercises, most for teams of 2 to 20, are specifically designed to assist players in using language, literature, song, and movement in their skits. Helpful word and idea lists round out this excellent tool, which emphasizes that practice makes perfect--even when it comes to improvisation. Stephanie Zvirin
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