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Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
Keith Sawyer

Basic Books, 2008

Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you’re alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ...


Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation
Charna Halpern, Close, ...

Meriwether Pub, 1994

Truth In Comedy is a Meriwether Publishing publication. This improv manual introduced the concepts of the "Harold" -- the innovative improvisational tool that helped Saturday Night Live's Mike Myers, Chris Farley, George Wendt, and many others on the road to TV and film stardom. The innovative concepts are described fully in this insightful theatre book that has become the bible for wannabe improvisers. The "Harold" is an improv form involving ...


Improvisation for the Theater 3E: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques (Drama and Performance ...
Viola Spolin

Northwestern University Press, 1999

Here is the thoroughly revised third edition of the bible of improvisational theater. Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, ...


Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone

Routledge, 1987

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy, Second Edition
Alice-Ann Darrow

American Music Therapy Association, 2008

The second edition of Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy includes a new introductory chapter that addresses historical perspectives on the approaches, a rationale for the categorization of approaches, and discussion on professional issues related to the use of these approaches. Each of the chapters addressing approaches includes updated research references and current practice information. The lead authors for all chapters are ...


Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, ...

Comedy Council of Nicea, 2013

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual is a comprehensive guide to the UCB style of long form comedy improvisation. Written by UCB founding members Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work (with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene), to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, such as "The Harold" and ...


Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years
Henry Martin, Keith Waters

Cengage Learning, 2008

A complete jazz chronology, ESSENTIAL JAZZ: THE FIRST 100 YEARS, 2e, delivers a thorough and engaging introduction to jazz and American culture. Designed for nonmajors, this brief text explores the development of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in ragtime and blues through swing and bebop to fusion and contemporary jazz styles. Unique in its up-to-date coverage, one-third of ESSENTIAL JAZZ is devoted to performers of the 1960s through ...


Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts
Jacquie Gering, Katie Pedersen

Interweave, 2012

From two pioneers of today's modern quilting movement, Quilting Modern teaches quilters how to use improvisational techniques to make graphic, contemporary quilts and quilted projects. Explore seven core techniques and multiple projects using each technique--all presented with detailed instructions. Also included is step-by-step direction from Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen on tools, materials, and quilting basics, as well as expert advice ...


What Animals Teach Us about Politics
Brian Massumi

Duke University Press Books, 2014

In What Animals Teach Us about Politics , Brian Massumi takes up the question of "the animal." By treating the human as animal, he develops a concept of an animal politics. His is not a human politics of the animal, but an integrally animal politics, freed from connotations of the "primitive" state of nature and the accompanying presuppositions about instinct permeating modern thought. Massumi integrates notions marginalized by the dominant ...


Taken by Surprise: A Dance Improvisation Reader

Wesleyan, 2003

This collection of classic and new writings on dance improvisation brings together 21 essays by prominent dancers, scholars and historians. Until now, discussion of improvisation in dance has focused mainly on the postmodern form known as contact improv. Taken by Surprise reflects the development of improvisation as a compositional and performance mode in a wide variety of dance contexts, including dance traditions from around the globe, such as ...


Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks
Justine Reeve

Human Kinetics, 2011

Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks will provide assistance with any doubts that dancers and teachers might have with improvisation. This practical book promotes creativity that can lead to innovative breakthroughs among students from middle school age through college. With Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks , you receive • expert instruction in planning, teaching, and assessing ...


Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It
Jimmy Amadie

Bass Pro Shop, 1991

This highly acclaimed classic text contains a unique method for improvising based on the tonal concept of tension and release providing students, teachers and professional musicians with important principles of improvising melodic ideas, culminating in a creative procedure for tonality, modality and bi-tonality practices. Jimmy's matter-of-fact, plain-spoken instruction make understanding and comprehension easy. This book is a favorite among ...


The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning
Katherine S. McKnight, Mary Scruggs

Jossey-Bass, 2008

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: ...


Current Approaches in Drama Therapy
David Read Johnson

Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2009

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Improv Theatre! 400 Improvisational Scenarios & Games for Drama Students

Effective Teaching Solutions, 2012

Inspire creativity with your acting students. This book is packed with 400 fresh improvisational scenarios and games that will stimulate your student's imaginations and push them to a new level of response. There are monologue improvs, duet improvs, small cast improvs, stimulus improvs, and improv games for the secondary and adult drama class.


Landscape of the Now: A Topography of Movement Improvisation
Kent De Spain

Oxford University Press, 2014

In Landscape of the Now , author Kent De Spain takes readers on a deep journey into the underlying processes and structures of postmodern movement improvisation. Based on a series of interviews with master teachers who have developed unique approaches that are taught around the world - Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Lisa Nelson, Deborah Hay, Nancy Stark Smith, Barbara Dilley, Anna Halprin, and Ruth Zaporah - this book offers the rare opportunity ...


The Improv Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Improvising in Comedy, Theatre, and Beyond
Tom Salinsky, Deborah Frances-White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2008

The most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improve available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes. From The Improv Handbook :   The problem for improvisers is anxiety. faced with a lot of nameless eyes staring at us, and feeling more than anything else like prey, we are likely to want to display very consistent behavior, so that anyone who looks at us, looks ...


Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter
Tonya Ricucci

That Patchwork Place, 2010

Want your next quilt to send a special message? Now you can spell it out with no tracing, no templates, no paper-piecing, no appliqué, and no precise measuring! Inspired by renowned quiltmaker Gwen Marston (who wrote the foreword), Tonya presents a terrific technique for free-pieced letters. It's your chance to break rules, mismatch, go wonky, and enjoy yourself! Boost your ability to piece without a pattern--this easy technique is very ...


Acting For Real: Drama Therapy Process, Technique, And Performance
Renée Emunah

Brunner/Mazel, 1994

First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Simon & Schuster, 1984

The complete program for building and maintaining a well-conditioned, excellently proportioned body -- for a lifetime of fitness and health. In Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men, legendary athlete Arnold Schwarzenegger shows you how to achieve the best physical condition of your life. For every man, at every age, Arnold outlines a step-by-step program of excercise, skillfully combining weight training and aerobic conditioning. The result -- ...



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