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List of improvtheater games for teachers and moderators
Tips for preparing your own routine
- For a 3-hours workshop with a long warm-up for beginners you usually need 18 games:
- 6 warm-ups
- 6 exercises
- 6 games for shows
- If the workshop is only 2-hours long, you need to look for 4 games of each type
- Always add one game to explain the concept of Yes and… if you are expecting beginners
- Include one cold down exercise like Memory game or Count until 21 as a group
- Don't talk to much when explaining the games, just show by doing with some veteran players. This is specially true in games with many participants
Game Sets for short-form
4-months programme for beginners
Give the group enough time to develope the scene! Usually 30 minutes are required.
- Long form getting to a final scene: The audience proposes a topic. 4 short scenes are played and one is choosen by the audience. The players have to play many scenes which end in the choosen scene
- Free form with temporal connections: Sequence of short scenes with 2-3 players. When a players enters, he tags one of the last scenes and says a temporal connection like “one year later”, “two weeks before” or “when he was 18 years old”. Students from Second City playing this game
- Armando: Initial monologue based on the suggestion of the audience. Then players in groups of three perform scenes related to the monologue.
- Triple Play: 3 teams of 3 players tell 3 stories in three scenes
Warm-up for long form
- Character freeze on stage: One player stands in the front and all other players are standing in a row behind him. The first player starts playing a character without talking and all the other one imitate him as good as possible. After the character is establish another player clashes and he comes to the front. He starts a do a second character and all other players imitate him. It is an excellent warm-up to tighten the connection of the players on stage.