Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out

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Portsmouth, NH, 2004 - Performing Arts - 130 pages
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For more than 20 years of directing, teaching, and participating in improvisation, Mick Napier has watched thousands of scenes. His experience as founder of the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre/Annoyance Productions, as well as Resident Director and Artistic Consultant for The Second City, has led him to continually question why and how scenes work or don't work and what one must do in order for a scene to be successful.

In this book, Napier takes an irreverent, but constructive look at the art and practice of improvised scenes. He covers such topics as:

  • two-person scenes
  • group scenes
  • entering scenes
  • techniques to achieve richer, more layered scenes
  • auditioning
  • solo exercises for practice at home.
Napier also challenges the conventional wisdom of the rules of improvisation, examining what's behind them and how they came to be in the first place.

Get helpful, tangible guidelines for bringing strength and direction to your scenes. Just Improvise.

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Review: Improvise.: Scene from the Inside Out

User Review  - Keith Moser - Goodreads

Definitely not as compelling a book as Truth in Comedy, but some good tips inside for people looking to get into improv. My biggest complaint about this collection of "rules" is how author Mick Napier ... Read full review

Review: Improvise.: Scene from the Inside Out

User Review  - Otto - Goodreads

The annoyance method to improv is important if you are an improviser who does not have confidence in choices. Improvise clearly explains this believe in yourself first method much better than Truth in ... Read full review

Contents

What Is Improvisation?
1
Rules
3
How to Improvise
14
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Mick Napier is the founder of the acclaimed Annoyance Theatre/Annoyance Productions, as well as Resident Director and Artistic Consultant for The Second City. He lives in Chicago.

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