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3 Courses, 4 Units, 29 Lesson Plans, 16 Resources, and 1 PLC tagged "Improv" for Drama Teachers.

Courses

Yes, And... How to Teach Improv

by Jennine Profeta

“Yes, and…” is the guiding principle behind all improv. This course will teach you how to teach improv, and more importantly how to give feedback to your students. The course looks at making strong offers and also using gibberish to ironically improv communication skills. You will also see how feelings can safely be used to add flavour and get laughs in our scenes.

Jennine Profeta, Second City performer and theatre educator, leads this course with a clear methodology for teaching and giving positive nurturing feedback. This course will give you all the tools and the insight you need to teach improv with confidence.

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Coaching Improv

by Jennine Profeta

Second City performer and theatre educator Jennine Profeta is back and ready to help you take your Improv classes to the next level. It’s all getting students to perform - and how to be a great improv coach who can keep them supported and grounded (and having fun!)

In this course, you’ll learn the golden rules of improv. You’ll learn a bunch of improv games (great for warm-ups, teaching tools, and even for competitions). You’ll learn Jennine’s tips and tricks for what to look for when coaching and how to troubleshoot common issues.

The course is designed to help you improv as an ensemble and give you the know-how to coach with confidence whether it’s in the classroom or on the stage!

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Impowerment Improv

by Jennine Profeta

Jennine Profeta, Second City performer and theatre educator, leads this course. This course was designed to give a teacher tools to create a safe environment in which students can go beyond their old patterns to take risks, embrace failure, be more confident and aware of the effects of their word choice. The course includes modules on risk-taking, creating a safe environment, failure, confidence, and positive/negative speak.

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Units

Improv

by Anna Porter

Improv is a fantastic method to engage your students; this 3 lesson mini unit is a great way to introduce improvisation.

This unit focuses on learning the rules of Improv, trying games to build improvisation skills, and developing conflict and story line.Through the three lesson series, students will use journals, participate in class discussions, learn six different improv games, and perform for their peers.

Assessment tools include both informal assessment as well as a formal quiz that’s included in the unit.

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Ancient Greek Theatre

by Karen Loftus

This unit on Ancient Greek Theatre focuses on the function of the chorus, the choral ode, and the details of the theatre space. It touches on plays and playwrights of the era, culminating in a final project of a modern version of Medea that includes a choral ode.

A rubric is included for the project as long as journal prompts and exit slips. Please refer to the Pacing Guide for more details and ways to supplement with other DTA materials.

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Improvisation in Musical Theatre

by Annie Dragoo

Understanding basic improvisation skills will help musical theatre performers understand that musical theatre is more than just singing and dancing. It’s about using all the tools (voice, body, and mind) an actor has at their disposal to create a character.

This unit focuses more on the improv aspect rather than the musical theatre aspects - in fact students need no prior musical theatre knowledge. Annie Dragoo, creator of the unit, uses this material as her first unit in her musical theatre class. It’s a great introduction and will get your students in the right frame of mind to approach musical theatre.

The lessons explore a variety of improv skills such as vocal responses, movement, character study, sensory awareness and culminate in an improv scene and unit essay.

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Impowerment Improv

by Jennine Profeta

Taking risks, learning to see failure as a gift, finding courage when we don't feel it, and having the awareness that what we say has an impact are social and emotional skills students will take beyond the classroom. These are skills that can be built through improv exercises.

The exercises in this unit are designed to create a safe environment in which students can go beyond their old patterns to take risks, embrace failure, and be more confident and aware of the effects of their word choices. Improv gives you the opportunity to draw attention to these important concepts and to talk about them.

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Lesson Plans

Improvisation Unit (Three Lesson Plans)

by Anna Porter

This is a three lesson plan unit on introducing Improvisation.
Part One: Introduction to Improv
Students will understand what improvisation is and how to use the following rules: Trust Yourself and Accept all Offers.
Part Two: Characterization & One Focus
Students explore Characterization and One Focus by participating in activities and playing Ding, Emotional Waiter and Party Quirks.
Part Three: Conflict and Tell a Complete Story
Students will understand what conflict is and how to create it. Students will also understand how to use conflict to tell an improvised story with a beginning, middle and end.
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the rules of improvisation through their final performance in Freeze as well as a written quiz.

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The Speed Date

by Stephanie-Ann Cocking

Students create a character and maintain that character throughout an activity.

Students create an original character by filling out a form. These characters participate in a speed date round. Female characters sit in an outer circle of chairs. Male characters rotate clockwise through an inner circle of chairs.The characters introduce themselves and talk for one minute before moving on to the next meeting. Teacher pairs students up and in their pairs student plans and present a short improv: The First Date.

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Improvisation: The Gibberish Language

by Lindsay Price

Newcomers to improvisation often struggle with quick verbal responses. They get caught up with self-editing, self-judgement, and self-censorship and feel they’re failing at the exercise if they’re not fast enough. The gibberish tool allows students to practice the act of response with intention without the pressure of real words. It gives them confidence to participate in an improvised scene.
Students will create a gibberish language as a group. Focus on making gibberish a language. “Yes, it sounds silly, but treat gibberish as a language.” The words don’t matter. How you say them does. Students will move to small group conversations, and finally improv scenes.

Includes a list of scenarios, reflection, and assessment rubric.

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Improvisation: The Rashomon Monologue

by Lindsay Price

Students will learn the Rashomon plot device and put it into practice through improvised character monologues.

Includes scenario sheet, assignment sheet, and assessment rubric.

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Character Improv

by Marisa Peck

Students will choose a character and become that character (physically and vocally). They will then collaborate with other characters in the classroom to create and perform an improvised scene.

Students explore known characters, characters based on traits, and non-human characters both physically and vocally before choosing their own. Lesson also explores the principle of "Yes...And."

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Main Idea and Story Detail Improv

by Karen Loftus

Improvisation is a great tool for storytelling and getting important concepts across to all students including struggling readers and writers. In this lesson, you’ll use the improv game “Scene Redux” to help strengthen the students’ understanding of main idea and detail as it relates to storytelling.

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Duet Improv

by Lindsay Price

Improvising in pairs is an excellent training ground to improve listening and cooperation skills, and to practice exploring character and conflict. Students will read and respond to a Duet Improv introduction sheet, then apply their knowledge
through pairs Improv exercises and reflect on the experience.

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Improvisation: Characters

by Jennine Profeta

Characters have a lot of value in empowering your students’ improv. In this lesson, students will start to explore character in improv with the warm up game “Character Walkabout” and the improv game “Hitchhiker.”

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Introduction to Improv

by Anna Porter

Students explore how to trust themselves and work with others in improvisation through activities as well as playing games - Story Game, What are you doing?, and Press Conference.

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Characterization and One Focus

by Anna Porter

Students explore Characterization and One Focus by participating in activities and playing Ding, Emotional Waiter and Party Quirks.

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Conflict and Tell a Complete Story

by Anna Porter

Students explore the importance and types of conflict as well as the importance of telling a complete story. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the rules of improvisation through their final performance in Freeze as well as a written quiz.

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Accept the Offer

by Karen Loftus

Students apply this guidelines through the games “Yes and…” “Yes Let’s,” and Low Risk Experts.

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Make Choices/Bring Information

by Karen Loftus

Students learn the word “endow” and apply the concept through the exercise Low Risk Endowment.

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Take the Active Choice

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss what it means to take the active choice and apply the concept in Quiet Scenes.

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Make Your Partner Look Good

by Karen Loftus

Students apply this guideline through the games Cars, Vans, Buses, Blocking on Purpose, Questions Only and Here Comes Charley.

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Relax, Have Fun and Don’t Force the Humour

by Karen Loftus

Students discuss what it means to not “force” the humour. They play all the games from the unit in a high risk setting, as volunteers in front of the class.

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Unit Project

by Karen Loftus

The final project will allow the students to demonstrate their improv skills in a 2-person scene. A rubric and final reflection is included.

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Intro to Improv for Musical Theatre

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate an understanding of improv guidelines by using them in an exercise. This is an introductory improv lesson that is designed to build upon the actors’ tools in future lessons.

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Improv with Vocal Responses

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to respond vocally by participating in various improvisation activities.

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Improv with Movement

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to improvise movement by participating in a various activities.

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Improv for Character Study

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to develop a character by participating in various improvisation exercises.

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Improv Using Sensory Awareness

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate sensory awareness by improvising an everyday activity while paying attention to as many sensory details as possible.

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Improvisation Scenes

by Annie Dragoo

Students will demonstrate ability to use voice, body, and imagination/mind together by planning and performing an improvised scene.

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Unit Reflection (Essay)

by Annie Dragoo

Students will evaluate the value of improvisation in musical theatre by writing a five-paragraph essay.

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Improvised Arguments

by Rachel Atkins

In this final lesson, students explore two different characters whose opposing points of view or arguments create a conflict. They will identify the objectives or arguments for each character. They will act out a scene between those two characters multiple times, playing both characters. Finally, they will write an argument from one character’s point of view – and support it with evidence.

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Risk-Taking

by Jennine Profeta

This lesson aims to encourage students to take risks and allay fear.

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Failure

by Jennine Profeta

This lesson encourages students to embrace failure as a positive aspect rather than negative.

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Confidence

by Jennine Profeta

This lesson allows students to practice and apply attributes of confidence.

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Positive and Negative Speak

by Jennine Profeta

This lesson has students identify and have self-awareness of positive and negative speak.

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Resources

Location List

Use this list of locations for improv scenarios and scene work.

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Actions List

Use this actions list for improvs, scene work, and pantomimes

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Emotions List

Do your students use the same emotions over and over again in scene work or in improvs? Get them used to expanding their feeling horizon with this list.

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Objects List

Looking for new objects for students to use in improvs, mimes and scene work? This sheet has over 200 objects to choose from!

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Picture Prompt: Awkward

Students sometimes have a hard time with improv because they don’t know where to start. How do I make up lines on the spot? All they need is a little push to get them moving in the right direction. Use picture prompts.

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Duet Characters List

Looking for character duet ideas for students to use in improvs, mimes and scene work? Over 85 pairs to choose from!

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Duet Scene Scenarios

Use these duet scene scenarios during Improv work or warmup games.

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Improvisation Feedback Tips

These tips will help you answer the question: What should you look for and what do you say afterward in an improv scene?

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Dialogue Prompts

Use these dialogue prompts for improvisation work. Includes characters, location, want, and a first line for each prompt.

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Improvising Your Monologue Exercise

Use this exercise in the middle of a monologue project, to get students to the heart of the monologue, using improvisation techniques.

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Improv Warm Up Games

This resource has a list and description of six different warm-up games, great for improv groups or any theatre class.

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Improv Rubric

Use this rubric to assess improv performance.

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Gibberish

Distance Learning ideas vs Zoom or other video conference platform.

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Movie Styles

Distance Learning ideas vs Zoom or other video conference platform.

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PLCs

School Startup - Session One

Hosted by Karen Loftus, Matt Webster, and Jennine Profeta

Learn about the most important things for the first week of school - from ice breaker games, to classroom procedures, to setting the tone from Day 1. Watch this replay to learn tips and tricks to start your school year off on the right foot!

Hosted by DTA instructors Karen Loftus, Lindsay Price, Jennine Profeta, and Matt Webster.

Recorded on August 14th, 2015 at 2pm.

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