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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 20A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completion of this course, students will not only be able to comprehend and apply foundational premesis inherent to universal standards of improvisational performance, but invest themselves into multiple functional social and employment situations with a newfound sense of expediency and collaboration.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will develop increased confidence, flexibility, versatility and committed expressiveness applicable to multiple aspects of performance both within and beyond acting
Description -
Presentation of the fundamentals and graduating skills of organic performance without script or text. Practical application of the theories of improvisational basic skills, universally translated to virtually all forms of improvisation, towards performance.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Enhance their confidence as actors with applications towards multiple performance facets.
    1. Self-realization of thought clarity and the ability to commit to specific ideas.
  2. Broaden their ability to receive, process and act on new ideas through listening enhancement.
    1. Improve receptivity to ideas from multiple sources and individual perspectives of gender, age, ethnicity, etc.
    2. Cooperative discovery.
  3. Comprehend and incorporate multiple layers of skill acquisition as applied towards improvisational performance.
  4. Identify and apply the standards improvisational performance towards varying improvisational genres--e.g. short form, long form, obstacle games.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clothing suitable for rehearsal work. A flexible, open-space classroom. Rehearsal furniture and props. Video recording and playback equipment.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
A. Synthesize the relationship of impulse identity into 100% performance commitment as it relates primarily to improvisation, but with applications to other performance forms, through numerous "reaction oriented" activities. (Lec)
  • Engage the student in active "listening oriented" activities targeting the notion of cooperatively building ideas through mutual offers. (Lec)
    1. Premise of "Yes and"
    2. Building stories from single thread, inviting multiple inputs
  • Embrace the progressive nature of skill development through activity introduction and re-incorporation. (Lec)
    1. Environment and use of mime
    2. Relationship
    3. Instant characterization
    4. Scene initiation
    5. Scene development
  • Practice for enhancement multiple strategies of varying improvisational styles and genres through fully active participation in activities identified with varying forms. (Lab)
  • Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Demonstrating growth and development in progressive skills incorporation through numerous class and public performances.
    2. Providing verbal and/or written evaluation of peer work incorporating language and skill elements appropriate to course content.
    3. Self-reflective written analysis comparing assigned reading with self development.
    Representative Text(s) -
    Edward J. Nevraumont, Nicolas P. Hanson, and Kurt Smeaton, The Ultimate Improv Book: A Complete Guide to Comedy Improvisation, Meriwether Publishing, 2002
    Charna Halpern, Del Close, and Kim Johnson, Truth in Comedy, Meriwether Publishing, 1994
    Johnstone, Keith, Impro, Routledge Publishing, 1987

    Disciplines -
    Theatre Arts
    Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
    Through structured lecture, teacher demonstrations and guided student rehearsal, the student will explore and apply the techniques of study to formal performance work. Students will actively, practically develop enhanced prowess of the improvisational process through exposure to the listed outline topics.
    Lab Content -
    1. Individual and partner exploration and self-analysis of concepts and exercises introduced in class.
    2. Attend and analyze live performances.
    3. View and study media materials.

    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Write personal reflection journal.
    2. Write live performance critique.
    3. Read assigned text.
    4. Write essay of self to text comparison.