Catalogue 2014 - 2015

THTR 220 Improvisational Comedy I


3 cr.

Course Description

This course is an intensive introduction to the art and performance of short form improvisation. This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of short form improvisation, which include game playing, scene work, ensemble, and performance. In addition, students will learn the art of creating sketch comedy through journaling, observation, improvisation, and performance. The methods of Viola Spolin and the Players Workshop of Chicago, The Second City of Chicago, Keith Johnstone, and Theatre Sports will be used. The creation and presentation of four public improvisational comedy performances is the backbone of the course. The success of the class is dependent on the creation of an ensemble of players who are committed to the other as being the most important person on stage. The ensemble is more important than the individual in improvisation.


Formerly THTR 320.


every year.