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of the Official TH 2410 Improv Course
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Games...
(Played Games are in Bold)

Ball Toss
Misdirected Ball Toss
Friz-Bowl-Bounce
Toss the Lyrics
Expert (Talk Show)
Patterns
/Feed the Monkey
Patterns in Print
One-Word Story
ABC One-Word Story
One-Word Story with EnActors
Storybook with EnActors
Foreign Movie
The Clapping Game

Interrupted Story
Hot Spot
In The Manner Of (Ejections
, Shakespeare)
Expert (Talk Show) With Props
Freeze Tag
Conducted Story
Conducted Opera Story
The Ad Game
Three Line Scene
s
Three Word Scenes

ABC Scenes
In The Manner Of (Music)
Use An Object, Say A Line
Three Line Scenes with Rhymes
Strangers
Many-Headed Monster
First Line, Last Line
Clips

Improv Musical
Interrupted Rant
Foreign Movie with Translation
Best Dance Troupe in the World
Faux
Warm-Up (Tai Chi, Vocal, Physical,
Mental)
Slo-Mo Fight Scene
Monologues
Monologues with EnActors
Walk-On Scenes
Questions Only
Scenes Without (Letters)

Scenes Without (Table Manners)
Exclamations Only
He Said, She Said

Boris
Hands Alone
Feet Alone
Invocation of a God
Cocktail Party
Helping Hands

Slide Show
Scenes From Fine Literature
Master and Servant

Penalty Box
Scenes w/Sound FX
Scenes w/Soundtrack

Character (Funny Voices) ---
layered on Feet Only
layered on Foreign Movie
layered on Interrupted Rant
layered on Boris
For Molly, Caroline, Bailey,
Ciara, King, Sean, Brandon,
Cody, Grace, Joey, Connor,
Wahuria, Nathan, Zach,
Blaine, Kat, Jake, and Blaine
Click Here to Hear A Sample of
Nichols and May
TH 2410 - Movement for the Actor
Improvisation

Instructor: Bruce Cromer                                                                                Classroom: T151, CA
Office: T148K CA                                                                                           Class Time: TTH 10-11:50
Office Hours: MWTH 12-1 (other times by appt.)         
Phone: 775-2430
E-Mail: bruce.cromer@wright.edu


Course Objectives:
*To introduce students to the techniques of improvisation, primarily using the games and structure given in TRUTH
IN COMEDY, by Halpern, Close, and Johnson.  (We will also do some exercises from Viola Spolin’s IMPROVISATION
FOR THE THEATER and Keith Johnstone’s IMPRO FOR STORYTELLERS.)
*To give students the chance to publicly perform improvisation.
*To apply improvisation skills to rehearsing and presenting scripted scenes and monologues.

Tentative Course Outline:
Read the assigned chapters from TRUTH IN COMEDY before the week they are listed for discussion)
Week One (Jan. 13, 15):   What Is Improv, Anyway?; But Seriously, Folks…
Week Two (Jan. 20, 22):   Support and Trust
Week Three (Jan. 27, 29):  Agreement
Week Four (Feb. 3, 5):    Initiations and Game Moves
Week Five (Feb. 10, 12):  Moment to Moment to Moment
Week Six (Feb. 17, 19):   Building a Scene
Week Seven (Feb. 24, 26):  One Mind Many Bodies
Week Eight (March 10, 12):  Environmentally Aware
Week Nine (March 17, 19):  Responsibilities of a Harold Player
Week Ten (March 24, 26):  How to Do a Harold
Week Eleven (March 31, April 2): Harold as a Team Sport
Week Twelve (April 7, 9):   Harolds with an Audience
Week Thirteen (April 14, 16):  Improv in “Legit” Acting Scenes
Week Fourteen (April 21, 23):  Improv in “Legit” Acting Scenes


Grading Criteria:
Professional Skills: You are expected to attend every class prepared, punctual, polite, and with a positive attitude.  
There are no excused absences for this course!  In accordance with the PATP attendance policy, if you miss 20% of
the quarter’s sessions (
6 classes), you will automatically fail the class.  Wear movement clothes: sweats, tights, soft-
soled shoes.  No jeans, skirts, or restrictive clothing.  If you are ill, inactive, improperly dressed, or late, you will lose
half of your attendance points for that class.

Written Work: You will keep a written account of the exercises and skills in this course.  You must take notes and
give your thoughts regarding each class session.  Be sure to put your name and date on each page that you hand
in: these are due at the end of every class.

Improv Work: The instructor will subjectively grade your improvisation work, in terms of your freedom/courage,
wit/creativity, and ensemble support.

Required Textbook:
TRUTH IN COMEDY, by Halpern, Close, and Johnson.

Recommended Textbooks (some are in bookstore):
IMPROVISATION FOR THE THEATRE, by Viola Spolin.        IMPRO FOR STORYTELLERS, by Keith Johnstone.
LIVE FROM NEW YORK, by Shales and Miller.                SECOND CITY ALMANAC OF IMPROV, by Anne Libera.
ACTING PROFESSIONALLY, by Robert Cohen..        THE ART OF CHICAGO IMPROV, by Rob Kozlowski.
ACTING AS A BUSINESS, by Brian O’Neil                THE BACK STAGE ACTOR’S HANDBOOK.
THEATRE DIRECTORY, by Theatre Communications Group.

GRADE SHEET
Use this to keep track of your earned points during the quarter.

Professional Skills (40 possible points)
Attendance (28 possible points; 1 pt. for each class punctually attended; .5 pt. for each time you’re late,
improperly dressed, or inactive; there are no excused absences for this class --- missing 4 classes, for
what ever reasons,  will result in an F for the course!)

Tues. 1/13____                 Thurs. 1/15____
Tues. 1/20____                  Thurs. 1/22____ Uggams Masterclass
Tues. 1/27____                  Thurs. 1/29____
Tues. 2/3____                  Thurs. 2/5____
Tues. 2/10____                  Thurs. 2/12____                                        Total Points_____
Tues. 2/17____                  Thurs. 2/19____
Tues. 2/24____                  Thurs. 2/26____
Tues. 3/10____                  Thurs. 3/12____
Tues. 3/17____                   Thurs. 3/19____
Tues. 3/24____                  Thurs. 3/26____
Tues. 3/31____                  Thurs. 4/2____
Tues. 4/7____                    Thurs. 4/9____
Tues. 4/14____                Thurs. 4/16____
Tues. 4/21____                Thurs. 4/23____

Attitude (12 possible points; up to 4 possible for each area):
Positive (open-minded, ready to receive criticism, supportive of ensemble)____
Prepared (assignments completed, properly dressed, healthy and ready to work)____
Participatory (plays every game without prompting or hesitation; active in discussions)____
                                                                                                               Total Points_____
Written Work (14 possible points)
(1/2 pt. for each completed sheet of notes or in-class assignment):

Tues. 1/13____                 Thurs. 1/15____
Tues. 1/20____                  Thurs. 1/22____ Uggams Masterclass
Tues. 1/27____                  Thurs. 1/29____
Tues. 2/3____                  Thurs. 2/5____
Tues. 2/10____                  Thurs. 2/12____                                        Total Points_____
Tues. 2/17____                  Thurs. 2/19____
Tues. 2/24____                  Thurs. 2/26____
Tues. 3/10____                  Thurs. 3/12____
Tues. 3/17____                   Thurs. 3/19____
Tues. 3/24____                  Thurs. 3/26____
Tues. 3/31____                  Thurs. 4/2____
Tues. 4/7____                    Thurs. 4/9____
Tues. 4/14____                Thurs. 4/16____
Tues. 4/21____                Thurs. 4/23____

Improv Work (46 possible points)
(Subjectively graded by the instructor; your mid-term grade in this area isn’t the final grade!)
Mid-Term Points (as of 2/26)____                                        Final Points (for Quarter)_____


Total Points for Course and Letter Grade
(90-100 pts. = A, 80-89 pts. = B, 70-79 pts. = C, 60-69 pts. = D, 59 pts. or less = F)


Total Points_____        Letter Grade for Course_____




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