Theater Games and Improvisation (DRA2123.01)

Shawtane Bowen

Whose class is this anyway? Improvisation is for everyone. Life is made up as it happens and improv is no different. This course will explore the basic elements of improvisation. Through short and long form theater games, pattern and rhythm exercises, we aim to heighten observation, listening skills, and ensemble building. Character, object, and environment work will be explored as well. Our goal is remaining truthful and honest in an improvised scene or monologue. This course will draw from improv gurus such as Del Close and Mick Napier, and the practices of National Comedy Theatre and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Of course, the course will culminate in a public performance of improvised madness.


Learning Outcomes:
Honing ability to listen and react in real time.
Develop comfort with moment to moment work and unknown consequence.
Engender a sense of play through performance.
Learn to collaborate in ensemble setting or with a partner.
Begin to develop your comedic point of view a.k.a. "the comedic voice."


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Completion of dance or drama lab assignment.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Once a year

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