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Listening and Other Improv Skills (online)

Lesson 4 - Listening and Other Improv Skills (online)

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the more basics of improvisation by responding to a reading and reflecting on an awareness activity.

Essential Questions

  • Why is listening important in theatre?
  • How does practicing awareness help you as an actor?


*Note: This lesson was originally created as an online lesson. It can be adjusted and expanded to be taught in-person. Assignments were posted on Canvas.

Self-Reflection for Lesson 3

This is a self-reflection focused on the activities you participated in during the previous class (Where, Who, What Games) Respond to these questions in a text box or upload a written document.

  1. What was a moment of discovery for you during the activities? Why did it stand out to you?
  2. What was a challenging moment during the activities? How did you overcome that challenge?
  3. What was your favorite part of the activities? Why was it your favorite?
  4. What additional questions do you have about what you learned?

Observation Reflection

Like the previous online assignment, sit and listen to your environment for 5 minutes (put on a timer). Afterwards respond to the prompt below.

  1. What sounds did you hear?
  2. What did you discover during this activity?
  3. How do you think listening can impact you as an artist?

What? Improv takes Skill? Pt. 2 Assignment 

Read sections 3-5 of What? Improv takes Skill? Then answer the following questions:

  1. Instead of planning, you need to ________
  2. Why is it important to do answer to #1?
  3. After you do #1, you need to _________ (Section 4 of the reading)
  4. What is the most important rule of Improv? Why is it the most important?