Presentation
Improvisation Project
- Improvisational thinking in performance and creativity
Tue. 2nd. Period Nerida Rand
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Presentation, Project, Speaking, Writing, Performance

Improvisation is speaking, acting or creating something without having prepared it.  How do people do that? Where do they get their ideas from to improvise?  And where do they get the confidence? In this course we'll play games that will teach you the skills you need to generate ideas, be flexible in your thinking, both work with a team and be confident improvising by yourself, and enjoy the thrill of trying something outside your comfort zone.  

We will apply these skills in a final performance, as well as discuss how these skills can be applied to areas such as creativity, innovation, education and business.

 

 

 


You will have an understanding of basic improvisational thinking (theory) as well as skills. 

Applying basic improvisation skills, you will be more comfortable with risk, and be able to present and speak more confidently in front of others.

You will also understand the role of improvisation in applied settings, and be able to apply it within your own area of academic interest. 

 

 

 

 


Participation and weekly homework: 50%
In-class seminar (reading project): 20%
Final performance project: 10%
Final written project (reflective essay): 10%
Attendance: 10%


1

Hello!

Introduction to the course, the instructor, and what we plan to do this semester.

 

 

 

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TOPIC 1 -  Basic skill games (1)

What are the basic skills you need to improvise?  For the first few weeks, we will concentrate on games that teach those basic skills and how to combine them.  

 

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TOPIC 1 -  Basic skill games (2)

 

 

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TOPIC 1 -  Basic skill games (3)

 

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TOPIC 1 -  Basic skill games (4)

This week, reading assignments for the final in-class seminar will be set.

Groups for the final performance project will also be decided. 

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TOPIC 2 -  Basic performance games (1)

We will start to apply our skills to scenes and games that can be performed for audiences.

 

 

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TOPIC 2 -  Basic performance games (2)

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TOPIC 2 -  Basic performance games (3)

 

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TOPIC 2 -  Basic performance games (4)

 

 

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TOPIC 3 - Improvised writing

Using improvisation skills in creative writing

 

 

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TOPIC 2 -  Performance games (5)

 

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TOPIC 2 -  Performance games (6)

 

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FINAL PERFORMANCE!

Depending on class numbers, the final performance will probably be scheduled outside class time, to allow for the performance to last for more than 90 minutes.  

The schedule for the final will be confirmed during November. 

 

 

 

 

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IN-CLASS SEMINAR

You will share information and ideas from the reading project assigned in Week 5.

 

 

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One benefit of improvisation is how the learning takes place while you are having fun and making friends.  We will play a lot of games, but make sure we take plenty of time to consider how these ideas can be applied in "real life".