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THE 096 – Improv Workshop

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: See Schedule of Courses for specific topics.

Section Description: To improvise is to “create and perform spontaneously or without preparation.” Improvisation teaches us how to better improve our ability to listen, to receive, and to respond with clarity. Using a variety of improvisation games and exercises based on the creative work of Viola Spolin, students gain competency toward spontaneous response and communication skills. Such skills can be applied to the craft of acting as well as real life situations. Exercises will be used to develop trust in a cast or “team” context, help overcome anxiety in public presentation situations, and gain skills in body awareness and relaxation in the performance context. Please note, this is not a course where the focus is on only doing funny improvisation exercises, though humor will emerge when learning to be truthful and authentic in an improvisation.

CRN: 15003

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 16/16

Days Time Location
MW 17:05 - 18:20 ROYALL TYLER THR 390

Instructor(s): Craig E. Wells

Meeting Dates: 16 Jan 2018 - 04 May 2018