Advanced Improvisation: The Harold (DRA4392.01)

Shawtane Bowen

In this course, we will learn how to perform ‘The Harold’. The Harold is a long-form improvised form developed by Del Close. It is a collage of scenes inspired by a single suggestion which are interwoven and connected. Students, now with a solid understanding of scene work and ‘Game’, will come to learn the Harold structure and perform full Harolds both in class and in their class shows. The central theme of Advanced Improvisation: The Harold is teamwork.



Learning Outcomes:
•Learn the Harold structure.
•Explore the different openings for The Harold including the Pattern Game.
•Establish strong foundational scenes upon which to build an entire show.
•Effectively utilize group games as transitions and connections.
•Heighten scenes using time, location, and theme-based jumps.
•Create multiple realized worlds and explore the connections between them.
•Perform full-length improvised Harolds.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Theater Games and Improvisation, Game of the Scene, and Scene Work. Permission of instructor upon receipt of a brief email expressing your interest in the course. Late submissions will not be accepted!
Corequisites: Completion of a Dance or Drama lab assignment is a requirement for this course.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Drama , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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