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Impro for Storytellers

1st Edition

By Keith Johnstone


388 pages

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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.


"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

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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General