Improvisation by Michael Avila (part virtual/part in-person)
Improvisation Unit (part virtual/part in-person)
Author: Michael Avila
Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the skills of improvisation (establish a specific situation, listen, add conflict, plan less, and ‘yes,and’) by performing improvised scenes and reflecting on their understanding.
Learning level:Intermediate (Secondary Education)
Student Prior Experience: Students have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of theatre including body, voice, risk-taking, and performance experience.
TH:Cr1.1.II.c. Use personal experiences and knowledge to develop a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.
TH:Cr2-II.b. Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.
TH:Pr4.1.II.a. Discover how unique choices shape believable and sustainable drama/ theatre work.
TH:Pr5.1.II. a. Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.
TH:Re8.1.II.a. Develop detailed supporting evidence and criteria to reinforce artistic choices, when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Listening is essential to theatre
Specificity helps actors make choices
Conflict makes stories more interesting
Agree and further the story in improv
Why is it important to establish a specific situation?
Why is conflict important in drama?
How do actors listen effectively?
What is “yes and” and why is it important to improv?