The Complete Improviser: Concepts, Techniques, and Exercises for Long Form Improvisation (Paperback)
"If it happens in life, it can happen on stage." With a fresh approach and powerful techniques, the Complete Improviser strives to liberate players from the classic improv rules. While well-meaning, many of the classic rules and approaches to improv (such as always say yes and don't ask questions) say that certain scenes and choices are improper or completely illegal. Yet many of those illegal situations happen in our everyday lives. They also happen in the lives of characters in books, TV shows, and movies without any problems. When we recognize and play by the rules of life, many of the common confusions and stumbling blocks with traditional improvisation go away. Combining basics with pro tips, actors, improvisers, drama teachers, theater directors and new players of all backgrounds will find tremendous value with this life-first, in the moment philosophy. Though primarily focused on Chicago-style long form improv, readers will find information on relationship scenes, game scenes, and long form strategies with sample forms. Included are exercises with examples.
About the Author
Bill Arnett has been a fixture on the Chicago improv scene for nearly 20 years. He is known as a skilled player, powerful teacher and unique thinker on all things improv. After a tenure as Training Center Director at the iO Chicago, Bill launched the Chicago Improv Studio to put his innovative ideas into practice.