ERIC Number: ED192428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Use and Abuse of Improvisation in Actor Training.
Sprigg, Douglas C.
An acting teacher can train students to bring the reality of their personal lives to the various artificial structures that give form to playscripts and that can otherwise induce rigid or mechanical performances if not balanced by the vibrancy of the actor. A series of exercises allows students to discover how they may use their own impulses, responses, and past experiences to bring immediacy, spontaneity, and authenticity to the structure of memorized language. The exercises integrate improvisation into a training program not as an end in itself, but as a means toward making a student a better actor. The exercises also facilitate the transition between improvisations and scene work, moving students from improvisations that are designed to free a personal responsiveness to inner impulses toward maintaining the same freedom of personal responsiveness within the structure of a memorized scene. Students can be led through exercises that begin with physical warm-ups, to games like "follow-the-leader" and "here and now" word game, to open scene dialogues in which students learn that there is no one way a line should be read, and, finally, to memorized dialogue. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, MN, November 2-5, 1978).