Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook

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Northwestern University Press, 1986 - Education - 233 pages
This best-selling book by Viola Spolin offers the most comprehensive theater instruction for all types of students, from small children to young adults. It includes over 130 theater games, plus exercises and instructional strategies. First developed by Spolin, the originator of modern improvisational theater techniques, these games have been tried and tested for over fifty years.

Also available: Theater Games for the Classroom CD-ROM

 

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Great and insightful. Use this book in my classroom up to this day.

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My human brought these monstrous games into my den. UnAcCePtAbLe! Never again will I allow this!

Contents

Preface
1
WARMUPS
23
RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT GAMES
30
TRANSFORMATION GAMES
42
SENSORY GAMES
56
PART OF A WHOLE GAMES
67
WHERE WHO AND WHAT
77
COMMUNICATING WITH WORDS
109
PLAYMAKING
142
DEVELOPING MATERIAL
150
STORYTELLING
160
PLAYMAKING
168
PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
176
ROUNDINGOUT
183
REMOVING AMATEUR QUALITIES
190
SCOPE SEQUENCE OF SKILLS
208

COMMUNICATING WITH SOUNDS
123
MULTIPLESTIMULUS GAMES
132

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About the author (1986)

Viola Spolin, the originator of theater games, was introduced to the use of games, storytelling, folk dance, and dramatics as tools for stimulating creative expression in the 1920s while a student of Neva Boyd at Chicago's Hull House. During her years as a teacher and supervisor of creative dramatics there, she began to develop her nonverbal, nonpsychological approach. Her books have been translated into Swedish, German, and Portuguese. She died in 1994.

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