Improvisation Review

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Improvisation

The spontaneous portrayal of a scene or character without practice or preparation.

Base Reality

The basic context for any improvisational scene: Often includes the who, what, and where.

Yes, And

Accepting an offer and building onto that offer with something CONNECTED to the original offer. (AGREE and ADD)

Short-Form

Style of improvisation that includes mini-games usually with predetermined rules, guidelines and/or gimmicks.

Long-Form

Style of improvisation that includes no set predetermined rules or guidelines. Improvisers set out to discover the games and gimmicks in the moment.

Heighten

Raising the stakes, making your improv scene more interesting by adding conflict or suspense.

Blocking

Rejecting an offer or ideas presented by another actor.

Game of the Scene

The unusual thing that is discovered in an improvisational scene. The single idea that makes a scene funny.

Suggestion

Any piece of information provided for an improvisational scene.

Initiation

The first offer/idea presented by an actor in a scene. Usually is physical, verbal, or emotional

Middle of Things

"Cutting to the chase" by starting in the center of action rather than wasting time on extra lines or questions.

Reality of the Scene

Going along with the context and base reality that has been established in a scene. Not trying to make it something different or crazy.

Agreement

Going along with whatever is presented.
1. Character of the Space
2. Who, What, Where of the scene

Character of the Space

Starting off in the same condition your partner. Established with the following:
1. Activity
2. Location
3. Environmental Condition

Who, What, Where

The important elements of a scene that establishes the characters, basic plot and specific location of any scene.

Showing

Establishing information through action and physical choices without speaking.

Telling

Simply narrating or talking about what you are doing onstage.

Object Work

When performers mime things that would exist in real life within a scene.

Spontaneous

Something unplanned or "off the top of your head."

Listening

The process of paying attention and focusing on what is happening in the moment.

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