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WHY STUDY IMPROVISATION?

WHAT IS IMPROVISATION?
In comedy, music, dance and theater, performers create original work without a script. In many
cases, the improvisation is based on a previously created work. Musicians will improvise solos
based on the primary theme of the song. In theater, actors will use improvisation to develop
characters, stories, activities and dialogue.  Directors and choreographers and writers will use
improvisation to develop new text and movements. For any artist, improvisation is a valuable tool to
create original and interesting new works.

THE ART of IMPROV COMEDY
Made popular to younger generations by the ABC TV show “WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY�,
many performers choose to improvise an entire performance. Some create entire plays (10-120
minutes) based on one sole suggestion (known as LONG FORM IMPROV). Others create smaller
sketches and play theater games (known as SHORT FORM IMPROV). Artists are constantly
developing new ways to present improvisation that entertains, challenging themselves and the
audience.

WHY STUDY IMPROVISATION?
If you have any desire to be a professional artist, performer or writer, Improvisation will give you in
valuable skills to create and perform. There is no better way to overcome writers block and to break
the cycle of “The same old thing.� Even if a career as an actor, comedian or musician is the
farthest from your mind, many of the skills we teach in Improvisation are key and will give you an
edge for almost any professional career. Politicians, Doctors, Teachers, Real Estate Agents, Stock
Brokers, Business Managers, Customer Service, Sales Staff, Social Workers, Police and so many
more all have the need to deal with people one-on-one and/or giving presentations to a crowd.
Improvisation gives you skills to better communicate your thoughts, the confidence to speak your
mind and the skills to work on and/or lead a team.

CAREERS IN IMPROVISATION
There are a number of paying jobs out there for the career improviser. To be honest, very few find
the ability to earn a living by just performing. But there are many ways to earn an income from
developing these valuable skills. Here are a few and some basics to get your foot in the door.

PERFORMER: There are two ways to perform. Start your own show or audition for an established
company/troupe. In some cases companies require you take their classes as every Improv Troupe
has there own style. In many cases, four to six friends will start their own troupe. Every town has
venues you can use to put on a show.  Improvisers are a commodity. As rehearsals are becoming
more and more brief, producers and directors need talent that can show up ready to work. Often
times there is no rehearsal on TV and Commercial sets. You show up for a costume fitting. You may
have five minutes with a director and – BAM – you are shooting. You will get to do a few takes,
but time is money. Film costs money. Too many takes and the editor has a more difficult job finding
the best one. (NOTE: A take is each time you shoot the same scene/moment. Directors LOVE â
€œone-take wondersâ€� – actors that nail it the first time around. You will usually do an extra
take for “safety.�)

IMPROV TEACHER: Again, you can start your own company or teach through an agency. Make
sure you have some experience under your belt before you think you are ready to teach. The best
way to become a great teacher is to find a professional working teacher to be your mentor. Become
a teacher’s assistant. Learn as much as you can. The best thing about teaching, you really
become a better performer working with others. Hearing yourself say things you have heard
teachers tell you makes everything make that much more sense.

CORPORATE TRAINER: In addition to hiring entertainers, big corporations and small businesses
both hire Improvisation trainers to run teambuilding events. Playing Improv Games and running
exercises gets teams of laughing and playing as well as working together to complete a challenge.
And these workshops are great for all areas of business – Sales, Service, and Management.
Communication is an important part of a productive work place. Beyond the fun – the comedy –
Improvisation can be used to attack serious communication issues – mostly conflict resolution. We
have teams discuss serious issues, act out some scenarios and the follow up with major discussion.
These sessions rarely solve all the problems, but they always get a team talking about what is most
important, and serve as a launching pad for further problem-solving discussion.

COMEDY WRITER: Any writer should use Improvisation to develop original work. Many of the top
TV writers are from the Improvisation World. Apply to be an intern on Letterman, Conan or similar
talk show. Write and perform stand-up comedy or work with an Improv troupe to develop your
material. Many of the top comics worked as writers for other comics before making a name for them.

Article & Improv Handbook By Walt Frasier.
Mr Frasier has appeared on Film, TV, Commercials and in Live theater.
He is currently the Director of Intruction for the COMEDY HALL OF
FAME FOUNDATION (www.comedyhalloffame.com) See Walt Frasier
live in Times Square and touring nationwide in Improv Comedy Troupe
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Handbook Home

The health and wellness
benefits of humor and
laughter

Why study improvisation?

I want to improvise
- Getting started

Teamwork in Improv

The Responsible Performer

The Performers Journal

Improv Warm Up Games

Improv Guidelines
& Techniques:

Rule #1 "Yes AND"

No Questions. No Blocks

Pantomime

Setting Up Your
Scene:

List of Ask Fors

Creating a Character

Creating a Situation

Creating a Setting
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