Improv Theatre Workshop - Spring 2020 - Mr. Jeffrey Stingerstein
(Improv Theatre Workshop SP20)

This is an introductory improvisational acting class that develops the student’s spontaneity, creativity, dramatic imagination, problem solving skills, communication skills, and listening skills within an ensemble. Students will learn the principles and theory of improvisation through various exercises, games, and readings. Every class, students will be on their feet engaged in activities that will increase their ability to be present, take risks, trust their fellow ensemble members, and work collaboratively. Using texts from Anne Bogart, Augusto Boal, and Keith Johnstone, students will learn the fundamental skills necessary to create characters and make spontaneous choice within a given scenario. Additionally, students will develop their ability to critically watch and respond to their classmates’ performances. The work will take place in a challenging, supportive and creative environment where students will walk away with skills and discipline necessary to successfully create improvisational performative material. The semester will begin with games and trust- building exercises, and it will conclude with a long-form inclass performance that will be open to the Curtis Community.

Required Texts:

  • Anne Bogart and Tina Landau’s Viewpoints
  • Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors
  • Keith Johnstone’s Impro and Impro for Storytellers