Theater Games for the Lone Actor

Theater Games for the Lone Actor

This handbook presents theatre games and side coaching for the solo player.

Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: TriQuarterly Books

ISBN: 0810140101

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 189

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This companion to Spolin's "Improvisation for the Theater" presents over 40 exercises which allow actors to side coach themselves, at home, in rehearsal, or in performance. Spolin is the originator of theater games and her improvisational techniques have changed the nature and practice of modern theater.
Categories: Performing Arts

Improvisation for the Theater

Improvisation for the Theater

Collects exercises, games, and other techniques developed by Viola Spolin for stimulating creative expression.

Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 081014008X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 412

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Collects exercises, games, and other techniques developed by Viola Spolin for stimulating creative expression.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Comedy Improv Handbook

The Comedy Improv Handbook

12 known later as the “Theater Games” system of actor training, ... Handbook Viola Spolin and Paul Sills's Theater Games for the Lone Actor Or make your way ...

Author: Matt Fotis

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781317390183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 346

The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Performing Art of Therapy

The Performing Art of Therapy

Acting Insights and Techniques for Clinicians Mark O'Connell. Rogers, C. (1961). ... Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook.

Author: Mark O'Connell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351707497

Category: Psychology

Page: 204

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The Performing Art of Therapy explores the myriad ways in which acting techniques can enhance the craft of psychotherapy. The book shows how, by understanding therapy as a performing art, clinicians can supplement their theoretical approach with techniques that fine-tune the ways their bodies, voices, and imaginations engage with and influence their clients. Broken up into accessible chapters focused on specific attributes of performance, and including an appendix of step-by-step exercises for practitioners, this is an essential guidebook for therapists looking to integrate their theoretical training into who they are as individuals, find joy in their work, expand their empathy, increase self-care, and inspire clients to perform their own lives.
Categories: Psychology

Consciousness Theatre Literature and the Arts 2011

Consciousness  Theatre  Literature and the Arts 2011

Acting: An Altered State of Consciousness. Research in Drama Education 6 (2): ... Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook. Ed. Paul and Carol Sills.

Author: Dinkgrafe Daniel Meyer

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443834919

Category: Art

Page: 360

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The essays collected in this volume were initially presented at the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts, held at the University of Lincoln, May 28–30, 2011. The conference was organised on the basis of the success of its predecessors in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and on the basis of the success of the Rodopi book series Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, which has to date seen thirty volumes in print, with another twelve in press or in the process of being written. The 2011 conference and the book series highlight the continuing growth of interest within the interdisciplinary field of consciousness studies, and in the distinct disciplines of theatre studies, literary studies, film studies, fine arts and music in the relationship between the object of these disciplines and human consciousness. Fifty-five delegates from twenty-eight countries across the world attended the May 2011 conference in Lincoln; their range of disciplines and approaches is reflected well in this book.
Categories: Art

Theater Games for Rehearsal

Theater Games for Rehearsal

Other titles by Viola Spolin available from Northwestern University Press Improvisation for the Theater, Third Edition The Lone Actor Theater Game File ...

Author: Viola Spolin

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810127494

Category: Drama

Page: 115

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Gives advice on selecting a play, auditioning a cast, and creating a stage space, shows how to conduct acting workshops, and demonstrates rehearsal techniques.
Categories: Drama

The Star Qualities

The Star Qualities

87 Tom Hanks, Inside the Actors' Studio 88 This strategy was modelled by Robert Dilts, ... Theater Games for the Lone Actor, NorthWestern University Press, ...

Author: Caroline Goyder

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780283071386

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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If you've ever been paralyzed by shyness when faced with a room full of strangers, overwhelmed when making a speech, awkward in an interview or too nervous to approach that gorgeous person across the bar, this book can change your life. Whether it's landing the job you really want or sparkling at a party, performance expert Caroline Goyder and her panel of stars are here to help improve your confidence, give you presence and boost your self-esteem. A-List stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Bill Nighy, Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Gael Garcia Bernal and Ewan McGregor share their secrets in exclusive interviews with Caroline Goyder, who explains the methods behind their advice and shares her own tricks of the trade. With their help you can learn above all how to unlock the real you, embracing what makes you different and special. Real star quality is about trusting yourself. With this invaluable guide you will learn how to shine in any situation.
Categories: Self-Help

Performed Ethnography and Communication

Performed Ethnography and Communication

Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook. ... The Way of Acting: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki. Trans. J. R. Thomas.

Author: D Soyini Madison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317656197

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 202

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Performed Ethnography and Communication explores the relationships between these three key terms, addressing the impact of ethnography and communication on the cutting edge of performance studies. Ranging from digital performance, improvisation and the body, to fieldwork and staged collaboration, this volume is divided into two main sections: "Embodied technique and practice," which addresses improvisation, devised theatre-making, and body work to consider what makes bodies move, sound, behave, mean, or appear differently, and the effects of these differences on performance; "Oral history and personal narrative performance," which is concerned with the ways personal stories and histories might be transformed into public events, looking at questions of perspective, ownership, and reception. Including specific historical and theoretical case studies, exercises and activities, and practical applications for improvisation, ethnography, and devised and digital performance, Performed Ethnography and Communication represents an invaluable resource for today’s student of performance studies, communication studies or cultural studies.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Long Form Improv

Long Form Improv

... through heightening; using anything or everything (acting, technical, or verbal) to make an impact. —Viola Spolin, Theater Games for the Lone Actor ...

Author: Ben Hauck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621532361

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors. A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them—and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as “The Harold”—this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book’s groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons. Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Creative Qualitative Researcher

The Creative Qualitative Researcher

Improvisation for the theatre. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press. Spolin, V. (2001). Theatre games for the lone actor: A handbook.

Author: Ronald J. Pelias

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429614514

Category: Psychology

Page: 222

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The Creative Qualitative Researcher is designed to help readers see the range of possibilities of creative scholarship. The phrase "creative qualitative researchers" points toward scholars who call upon their literary skills to evoke the emotional and intellectual complexity of their subjects; who deploy their vulnerable, relational, and reflexive selves to expose and change problematic cultural practices; and who engage their embodied ideological and ethical sensibilities as researchers. Part I introduces chapters on four qualitative methods: autoethnography, performative writing, narrative inquiry and poetic inquiry. Each of these four method chapters presents the method written in the style it features, provides writing prompts for exploring the chapter’s themes, and offers written examples of the method. Part II, divided into four chapters, aims to develop creative qualitative research skills relevant to the methods discussed in Part I. Chapter 5 discusses empathy and ethics; Chapter 6 is a primer on creative writing; Chapter 7 identifies some alternative ideas for using the words of others; and Chapter 8 focuses on collaborative improvisation to compose scholarly work. Each of the chapters in Part II includes a large number of writing exercises, prompts and strategies to assist scholars in becoming better creative researchers. By the end of the book, readers will know what creative research might entail and will have a clear understanding of the methods. Working with the various writing strategies, readers will see the potential of creative research and gain skills for its use.
Categories: Psychology

Arts Integration in Education

Arts Integration in Education

Salas, J 2005, 'Using theater to address bullying', in Educational ... Spolin, V 2001, Theatre games for the lone actor, Paul and Carol Sills (eds.) ...

Author: Gail Humphries Mardirosian

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783205271

Category: Education

Page: 410

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Arts Integration in Education is an insightful, even inspiring, investigation into the enormous possibilities for change that are offered by the application of arts integration in education. Presentingresearch from a range of settings, from pre-school to university, and featuring contributions from scholars and theorists, educational psychologists, teachers, and teaching artists, the book offers a comprehensive exploration and varying perspectives on theory, impact, and practices for arts-based training and arts-integrated instruction across the curriculum.
Categories: Education

Supraconscious The Genius Within You

Supraconscious   The Genius Within You

Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook. Evanston, IL: Norheastern University Press. Stam, Robert. 2000. Film Theory: An Introduction.

Author: Maria Olon Tsaroucha

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532084843

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

View: 387

This book is the core textbook of a quantum science of acting on stage and in life. At a time when the arts and sciences converge more than ever, PAD speaks about a contemporary, tangible meta-physics, fusing theories of quantum physics with mindfulness and the famous Method of the Actors' Studio, in a new harmony. Konstantin Stanislavski had said that the actor of the future, a new actor in the new life, is the one for whom art springs from spiritual intuition. He used the word SupraConscious, indicating to the actor the levels of consciousness he needed to attain. He considered the art of theater as the spiritual path to wholeness. PAD is the new system of translating and decoding, frame by frame the experience, bringing us in touch with the Higher Self, by reference to Nietzsche's Super-human and the transcendental Kazantzakis, creating a new transitional space where everything is in motion and evolves in the face of inertia, continuously actualizing that Alma-Quantum Leap of being. Maria Olon has written SupraConscious, The Genius Within You, a very important book. Cultivation of witnessing awareness in method acting can awaken us to the fundamental reality of existence beyond the roles we play. This is meditation in action. Bravo -Deepak Chopra MD SupraConscious, The Genius Within You is the first acting metatheatre text. Maria Olon not only goes beyond art to find the source of art, she ultimately shines light on the essence of the human soul. -Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger, Playwright, Librettist, Director PAD is the foundation on which every acting method needs to rest in order to flourish. -Menas Kafatos, Astrophysicist, Dhapman University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Researches such as Maria Olon through PAD learning process, aim to bring a significant change in the education of the artist and ultimately the viewer, all of us indeed, shaping the man of the new 21st century’s culture that humanity is so much in need nowadays. -Rania Lampou, STEM instructor Humanity’s greatest story ever told is the “Story of Immortality.” This story explains that every human being is an actor in the collective drama of life. Each one’s script is unique to the part he/she plays. Maria Olon captures this concept beautifully in her work. The foundation of life is about flourishing at all levels, spiritual, mental, emotional, relational, and physical. This book is a life’s manual on how to achieve this through our unique script, unique parts, and unique roles. The world needs a new story and humanity needs a new script. -Gayatri Naraine, Brahma Kumaris Representative to the United Nations Maria Olon’s work upholds a Socratic attitude in life: fall as little as you can in the black holes of your high certainties, accepting the selfishness and vulgarity of human existence, not demanding, begging, accepting, condescending and ultimately be sympathetic, with healthy kindness and intelligence, with brilliant honesty, integrity, respect, gratitude. Maria Olon is not a common human being. -Angel Biri, Actor
Categories: Performing Arts

Performing History

Performing History

Theater Games for the Lone Actor. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2001. Stanislavski, Konstantin. Creating a Role. New York: Routledge, 1961.

Author: Ann E. Birney

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278912

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

View: 415

Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performance addresses those areas that are of greatest challenge to novice historical performers. Historical performers must approach the process that is their work with a respect for both subject matter (the people who made the decisions that lead to what we call history) and for audiences, whatever the knowledge level they bring to the subject. That respect requires careful, on­ going research (to wear the mantle of authority), while also recognizing that none of us will ever know everything there is to know (the mantle is lined with humility). It requires the crafting of stories that will interest targeted audiences, and the skill to tell those stories in a compelling manner. Performing History is crafted for people who want to develop a first person narrative, those who have created a first person narrative but want to make it better, and those who want to help others develop first person narratives--museum and historic site volunteer coordinators, program and education curators, and, of course, those who wear many hats in small staffs. It is also for teachers, parents, and partners who are providing support for historical performers.
Categories: Business & Economics

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research

Theater games for the lone actor. ... Movement research has long been used by actors and dancers, and in reality, by most of us in our daily lives as we ...

Author: Norman K. Denzin

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781975502829

Category: Education

Page: 175

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In what ways can performance be mobilized to resist? This is the question that the present volume explores from within the context of qualitative research. From an arts-based approach, authors suggest methods on how artistic practice resists. The volume addresses how critical performance autoethnography might retain its ethical and democratic potential without falling into dogmatism or hegemony. This vision for democracy can even be accomplished through improvised, process-centered pieces that weave together thoughts from several key scholars, all to give us a critical perspective on how performative autoethnography is paradigmatically situated. The performance texts collected here question and resist, showing how the experience of art-making can move us through political and public spaces with liberatory potential, challenging social and ideological hegemonies and to generate social movements. Imaginative arts-based practices allow us access to emotional and embodied phenomena that remain otherwise foreclosed by traditional forms of inquiry. From poetics to public performances, subversive interventions, and more, these chapters bring a radical performative discourse to the fore. In so doing, the chapters work to create a framework for just performance, showing us how we might live performance as resistance.
Categories: Education

Challenging Experience

Challenging Experience

Improvisation : Learning through drama . Don Mills , Ontario : Academic Press ... Theatre games for the lone actor . Evanston , Illinois : Northwestern ...

Author: John Bergman

Publisher: Wood 'N' Barnes Publishing

ISBN: 1885473524

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

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This book presents an approach to using drama therapy treatment providers who work with adult or adolescent sexual abusers and violent offenders. People attend plays for catharsis and vicarious experience, to feel through performance without harming self or others. The same principle applies to drama therapy -- role-play ignites "in-the-moment" responses that simulate real-life behavior and emotion for examination and contemplation in a safe, therapeutic environment. The book presents a variety of exercises range from warm-ups to low- and high-intensity activities, and include calming and cooling exercises as well. The focus is on using the proper exercise for the client's stage in treatment and emotional ability to participate. Information accompanies each exercise regarding the number of clients and amount of time needed to implement.
Categories: Psychology

Producing Shared Understanding for Digital and Social Innovation

Producing Shared Understanding for Digital and Social Innovation

Theater games for the lone actor. Northwestern University Press, 2001. Stokols, Daniel. Social ecology in the digital age: Solving complex problems in a ...

Author: Faye Miller

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811573729

Category: Education

Page: 173

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In the Anthropocene age there is a need for unifying the relationships between people, planet and technology, their interactions, experiences and impacts across ecosystems. In response to this need, this book introduces unifying bridging concepts informational waves and transdisciplinary resonance towards producing shared understanding. This book also presents emerging methods for transdisciplinary projects focusing on moments, paradoxes and dialogues for digital social innovation and sustainable development partnership goals for improving quality of life. Shared understanding is about how people from different fields and perspectives are communicating, curating, embodying, intuiting and reflecting on shared responsibilities within social ecologies. As a guide to co-designing for information experiences that create meaningful moments of shared understanding, the author illuminates essential transferable, lateral mindsets and soft skills: knowing the gaps through imagination, creativity, listening and noticing, and bridging the gaps through problem emergence, multiple stakeholders, informed learning and personal change.
Categories: Education

Theatrical Improvisation Consciousness and Cognition

Theatrical Improvisation  Consciousness  and Cognition

Theatre Games for Rehearsal: ADirector'sHandbook. Evanston: Northwestern University Press,1985. Spolin, Viola. Theater GamesfortheLone Actor: A Handbook.

Author: C. Drinko

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137335296

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 133

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Improvisation teachers have long known that the human mind could be trained to be effortlessly spontaneous and intuitive. Drinko explores what these improvisation teachers knew about improvisation's effects on consciousness and cognition and compares these theories to current findings in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.
Categories: Performing Arts

Theatre Games

Theatre Games

A New Approach to Drama Training Clive Barker ... It also saved a lot of money on the setting, by using one of the theatre's greatest resources, the actor's ...

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408125199

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

View: 549

A practical guide to using theatre games for actor training which includes a DVD with original footage of the author putting the techniques into action.
Categories: Performing Arts

Serious Fun

Serious Fun

For this book, I use the term improv to describe unscripted acting (again a ... by actors at Second City Theatre in Chicago, Lone Moose Theatre in Canada, ...

Author: Ruth Yamamoto

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780761868545

Category: Education

Page: 150

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The importance of play and fun to people’s lives cannot be stressed enough in today’s cultural climate of high stress, high stakes, and competition. One activity that gains recognition and credibility as both fun and transformative is theatrical improvisation or improv. In this book, Ruth Yamamoto reviews her research on the influences of improvisation on community college students.
Categories: Education