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Improv for Actors

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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Allworth Press
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Ryan Price
May 27, 2014 Ryan Price rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the best books for beginning improvisers, or people who would like to focus on story-driven improv like is done in long-form.

This book assumes you are an actor looking to use the tools of improv to become a better actor in scripted works. It will give you that. It is also just awesome.
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Jun 04, 2011 Maurizio Codogno rated it liked it
Tra le tante cose che ho fatto nella mia vita, c'è stata anche l'improvvisazione teatrale. Insomma avevo già un'idea del contenuto di questo libro, anche se poi c'è sempre qualcosa da imparare. Innanzitutto il libro è nato per un corso tenuto ad aspiranti attori; quindi l'improvvisazione è un mezzo, e non un fine. La seconda cosa da notare è che l'improvvisazione di cui si parla qui è quella narrativa, e non quella battutistica che generalmente abbiamo in Italia (anche se non ufficialmente). Que ...more
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“experience. I became an actor originally for the same reason I suspect that everyone else does: I liked to show off. People paid attention when I did, and consequently I could make my presence felt in the world. After three years of graduate school, however, this spark was being snuffed. This is why a sense of “play” is so important, and a reason why a class in improvisation where a playful atmosphere is maintained is so vital to one’s growth as an artist.” 0 likes
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