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1st Edition

Impro for Storytellers

ISBN 9780878301058
Published June 24, 1999 by Routledge
388 Pages

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Book Description

Impro for Storytellers is the follow-up to Keith Johnstone's classic Impro, one of the best-selling books ever published on improvisation. Impro for Storytellers aims to take jealous and self-obsessed beginners and teach them to play games with good nature and to fail gracefully.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1 Theatresports

2 Audience Suggestions

3 Trouble with Feedback

4 Spontaneity

5 Impro for Storyteller

6 Making Things Happen

7 Story Games

8 Being There

9 Some Filler Games

10 Procedures

11 Serious Scenes

12 Character

13 Miscellaneous Games

14 Entertainment Games

15 Technical Stuff

16 Afterthoughts

Appendix One: Fast-Food Stanislavsky Lists
Appendix Two: A Selection of Tilt Lists
Appendix Three: More Filler Games
Appendix Four: Notes I've Given
Index of Games

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Keith Johnstone worked at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s where he developed his techniques for improvisational work. He now teaches at the University of Calgary.


"Many of these scribblings are gems... [Johnstone's] discussion... is of enormous value not only for improvisors, but for playwrights trying to bring something new to the stage... This is not to be missed... A display of the fitful fireworks of an original mind." -- Stagebill Theatre
"With this in mind, I honour the seminal writing of Keith Johnstone in the field of improvisation and the great care that he has taken to share, teach and explore his Theatresports theories with drama and acting students, practitioners, researchers and audiences worldwide." -- Research in Drama Education
"Impro for Storytellers provides the necessary theoretical underpinning to conceptualise and put into practice improvised forms in a manner that will enhance student learning, and facilitate sound drama pedagogy." -- Research in Drama Education
"Johnstone's work is as important a contributions to the theatre, actors and drama education as Viola Spolin, Uta Hagen, Gavin Bolton, or Dorothy Heathcote." -- Research in Drama Education
"Impro for Storytellers...display(s) the brilliance of Johnstone's writing, and his highly accessible style, formatted in a variety of manners ranging from personal narratives, teacher/student dialogues, directorial rants and reflective musings to strategic lesson planning, rationale and uncomplicated illustrations of numerous actor or student activities." -- Research in Drama Education
"The book has the potential to be an invaluable resource for teachers, instructors, or directors who have a desire to expand their own understanding of improvised forms, as well as being a superb primer to help augment the repertoire of the student, actor, or performer." -- Research in Drama Education