by Todd Espeland
In this class, Serious Play, the instructor will lead you through a series of games in risk, movement, focus, and voice. You will get access to a series of all inclusive games that you can string together to make one giant game that is great to use in rehearsal. You will learn how and when to use these games.
You'll get ideas on how to craft your own warm-up lesson plan; and, most importantly, you'll learn about about a pre-class warm-up that you can do on your own so that you can get yourself into that third stage of the creative brain, so that you can begin trying out interesting, creative, and risky choices for yourself in your classes and in rehearsals.
Use these exercises when you want to get students up on their feet and moving around the room before your first activity.
The Vowel Tree is a great warm up because it gets students used to just making sounds and working the entire range from the low end of the voice to the high end. You can find a video demonstration of The Vowel Tree in Lesson Two of the Friendly Shakespeare Course. Watch the video and try the exercise for yourself!
This resource has a list and description of six different warm-up games, great for improv groups or any theatre class.
This warm-up is great to integrate at the beginning of a year or term, to start creating community and cooperation within a class.
This resource includes a variety of warmup ideas for rehearsal, including physical warmups, vocal warmups, creativity warmups, and focus warmups.
This eBook is a collection of over 60 games for the drama classroom. The value goes far beyond the notion of “play”: communication skills, collaboration skills, team building, focus building, confidence building, and ensemble building can all developed through games.
The games in this collection are grouped into specific categories and each is identified with a goal.
Distance Learning ideas vs Zoom or other video conference platform.
This resource takes common theatre games and adapts them for a social distanced classroom. You’ll find in many cases that the games are quite similar to their original counterparts. That’s intentional. We want to show how the games you know can be adjusted to fit your new circumstance. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, or create new material for your situation.