Improvisation/Theatre Games

Extemporaneous theatre making through games and explorations.

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Members specializing in Improvisation/Theatre Games:

Aaron Black

Amanda MacDonald

abmacd53@gmail.com1931 N Campbell Ave #2S

Anne Brady

Andrea Grapko

alexis black

Anne James

Beth Johnson

Brian LeTraunik

Conrad Alexandrowicz

Careena Melia

CarlosAlexis Cruz

Cat Gleason

Catherine Madden


Eli Sibley

Colum Morgan

Cynthia Kneen

Joan Schirle

Denise Rinehart

Lee Ordeman

Drew Richardson


Davis Robinson

David Taft

Daniella Vinitski


Erin Schlabach

Eric Kildow


Eileen Standley

Eric van Baars

Christopher Beaulieu


Geneviève Nedder


Genesee Spridco

Holly Cate

Heather Harpham

Laura Hoske

laura.hoske@gmail.com301 N Johnson St

Jeff A.R. Jones

Jill Carlson

Jeff Casazza

Judith Chaffee

Jennifer Graham

Jeffrey Lambdin

Jeff McMahon

Joyce Lu

Jess Prichard

Jeff MIlls

Kristin Katsu


Kari Margolis

Kate Meehan

Kali Quinn


Luke Eddy

Les Rorick

Lisa Bohn

Liz Stanton

Justine Moore-Luparello


Mairin Smit

Mandy Greenlee

mandy@mandygreenlee.com915 MAXWELL AVE

Margaret Boersma

Matt Franta

Monica Dionysiou

Emily Davis

Mark Hardiman

Jessie Mills

millsj@wabash.edu109 S. Washington Street

Melissa Noble

Michael Mueller

Matthew R. Wilson

Pam Johnson

Parke Fech

parkeafech@gmail.com5500 Wissahickon Ave

Pam Joyce

Eliza Ladd

Katie Jones

kathryn.ann.jones@gmail.com4440 Laguna Place

Rebecca Frost Mayer

C. Robin Marcotte

Rich Rand

Rachael Swartz

Sandi Carroll

Slade Billew

Joan Bruemmer-Holden

Stefan Sittig

Robyn Berg

Tamala Bakkensen

T. Anthony Marotta

Terry Glaser

Therese Crews

Tom Truss

Jeremiah Black

wellingtonblack@hotmail.com35 Westfield Drive

Wesley Broulik

Yarit Dor

Yo-El Cassell

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Bibliography for Improvisation/Theatre Games

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  • Alexander, Robert. Improvisational Theatre for the Classroom: A Curriculum Guide for Training Regular and Special Education Teachers in the Art of Improvisational Theatre, ed. by Wendy Haynes. Washington, D. C.: Living Stage Theatre Company, 1983.
  • Atkins, Greg. Improv! A Handbook for the Actor. Portsmouth, NJ: Heinemann, 2003. 0- 435-08627-8
  • Barker, Clive. Theatre Games: A New Approach to Drama Training. London: Methuen, 1977. 0-413-45380-4 Includes chapters on simple movement games, releasing physical inhibitions, space awareness, and meetings and encounters.
  • Belt, Linda. Improvisation Through Theatre Sports: A Curriculum to Teach Basic Acting Skills & Improvisation. Thespis Productions, 1995. ISBN 0962079952 New Edition.
  • Belt, Lynda and Rebecca Stockley. Improvisation Through Theatre Sports: A Curriculum to Improve Acting Skills. Seattle: Thespis Production, 1989. Exercises for trust, awareness, antomime, spontaneity, narrative, characterization, etc, with teaching plan.
  • Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. New York: Routledge, 1992. 0-415- 06155-5
  • Brandes, Donna and Howard Phillips. Gamester’s Handbook. London: Hutchison, n .d. 0-09-1364213 A good collection of workshop games.
  • Caruso, Sandra and susan Kosoff. the Young Actor's Book of Improvisation: Dramatic Situations from Shakespeare to Spielberg. 2 Vols. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003.
  • Clements, Paul. The Improvised Play. London: Methuen, n. d. 0-413-50440-9 Techniques to create scripted theatre.
  • Cossa, Mario. Acting Out: The Workbook: A Guide to the Development & Presentation of Issue-Oriented, Audience-Interactive, Improvisational Theatre. Accelerated Development, 1996. ISBN 1560325348
  • Custer, Jim. Little Book of Theatre Games. Nazarene Publishing House, 1998. ISBN 0834197731
  • Dezseran, Louis J. The Student Actor’s Handbook. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1975. Theatre games and exercises.
  • Fluegelman, Andrew, ed. The New Games Book. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976. From the New Games Foundation.
  • Goldberg, Andy. Improv Comedy. Hollywood, CA: Samuel French, 1991. 0-573- 60608-0
  • Halpern, Charna and Del Close and Kim Johnson. Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation. n. c.: Meriwether Publishing, Ltd., 1994. Discusses show length improvisations centered around themes.
  • Hodgson, John and Ernest Richards. Improvisation. London: Methuen, 1966. Improv skills; also how to apply improv to scripted shows.
  • Hoetler, James. Theatre Games. Urbana, IL: ERIC, National Council of Teachers of English, 1975.
  • Howard. Improvisation and Mime. Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated, 1998. ISBN 1840020121
  • James, Ronald and Peter Williams. A Guide to Improvisation. n. c.: Kemble Press, n. d. 0-906836-05-4
  • Johnston, Chris. House of Games: Making Theatre from Everyday Life. NY: Routledge, 1998. ISBN 0878300899 Exercises and how to facilitate them.
  • Johnstone, Keith. Don’t Be Prepared. Calgary, AB: Loose Moose Theatre Company, n. d. 0-9698382-0-4
  • ________. Impro for Storytellers. NY: Routledge, 1999. ISBN 0878301054 Story games, character, spontaneity.
  • ________. Impro: Improvisation for the Theatre. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1979. 0-413-46430-X Written by the founder of Theatre Sports, this book covers status, spontaneity, narrative skills, masks, and trance.
  • Kerrigan, Sheila. The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. 0-325-0031104 How to work happily with others to create original performance material.
  • Kozlowski, Rob. The Art of Chicago Improv: Shortcuts to Long-Form Improvisation. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2003. 0-325-00384-X "Kozlowski . . . provides a guide to improv troupes seeking a style that's just right for them, wtih detailed descriptions of specific productions and discussions of the implications of pursuing certain improv techniques." (Heinemann blurb.) Also includes history of the development of improv in Chicago.
  • Marin, Rod. Improvisation: A Guide to Unlock Your Acting Power: A Workbook for Teachers. Encore Performance Publishing, 1996. ISBN 1575140144
  • Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts. Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1990.
  • Newton, Brad. Improvisation: Use What You Know – Make Up What You Don’t: Improvisational Activities for the Classroom. Gifted Psychology Press, Incorporated, 1999. ISBN 0910707316
  • O’Neill, Cecily. A Framework for Process Drama. Heinemann, 1995. ISBN 0435086715
  • Paxton, Steve. “Contact Improvisation,” The Drama Review. Vol. 19, no. 1, 1975: 40- 42.
  • SAK Comedy Theatre Lab. SAK Comedy Theatre Lab Playbook. Collection of games. Write SAK Productions, 45 E. Church, Orlando, FL, 32801 (407) 648-0001
  • Salas, Jo. Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre. n. c.: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1993. Audience stories are played back by performers.
  • Schotz, Amiel. Theatre Games and Beyond: A Creative Approach for Performers. Meriwether Publishing, Limited, 1998. ISBN 1566080398
  • Spolin, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching & Directing Techniques. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1999. ISBN 0810140098 New edition including a new appendix. Nominally a book on theatre for children, actually a useful text for all actor training.
  • Turgeon, Thomas S. Improvising Shakespeare. McGraw-Hill Companies, 1996. ISBN 007065527
  • Weinstein, Matt and Joel Goodman. Playfair: Everybody’s Guide to Noncompetitive Play. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact Publishers, 1980. 0-915166-50-X
  • Wirth, Jeff. Interactive Acting: Acting, Improvisation, and Interacting for Audience Participatory Theatre. Fall Creek, OR: Fall Creek Press, 1994. 0-9632374-9-7 Describes the various styles of interactive performances with tips on how to encourage good audience participation. Also outlines basic improvisation skills.
  • Wright, Michael. Theatre Games for Playwrights: Working Through Craft. Heinemann, 1997. ISBN 0614273919
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