The Velawesomeraptor Himself (clayrobeson) wrote,
The Velawesomeraptor Himself
clayrobeson

Theory

Believe it or not, I am largely self trained in Improv. Granted, I took a year and a half long class, worked with some awesome directors, so I'm TECHNICALLY trained. What I lacked, though, was education in Improv THEORY. Through teaching classes, and now directing myself, I've sort of taken my technical training and have digested it in order to spit out my own version of Improv theory. Is it right? I guess. Is it accurate? I guess. It works for me, and people seem to accept it, so I've been running with it and making it my own.

Last night I started reading a book on teaching and directing Improv by Viola Spolin, one of the pioneers of improvisational theater. It was extraordinarily thrilling to find the first paragraph of her book summed up everything I've believed about Improv since day one:

Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become "stageworthy."

That's all I've read so far. I got so excited that I was going to love the book that I had to put it down and go to sleep. :)

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