November 13th, 2011

Improvisation is fundamental to the way I work. Here’s some great improv resources. I’m always happy to answer your questions, and happier still to come and play some improv games, and explore how spontaneity and improvisation can enhance whatever it is you’re doing.

Whats that? You’re not funny? You’re too shy? (insert here your own reason why you *can’t* do improv). Yes, and…me too! That’s the thing about improv – once you learn the structure that underpins improv, even you can do it. And anyone can benefit from improv and its principles.

Applied Improv Network: A global network of people who use improv in business and organisational situations. There’s an annual conference in either the US or Europe, sometimes in other places too. Join the network. Connect with improvisors.

Izzy Gesell (improv guru): What more can I say? Izzy is an improv guru.

Melbourne Playback Playback Theatre is my first improv love. It combines storytelling, music, audience participation and improv. It can be funny or sad, joyful or heartfelt. Sometimes it is all of these. They run great weekend workshops, and make sure you catch their awesome performances.

Melbourne Impro Melbourne is a comedy hub. Melbourne Impro is often a stepping stone for many of our loved comedians. Watch and enjoy, or try out their workshops and discover your spontaneous side.

Improv Games A go-to resource for improv games. I learn most of my improv games and activities by experiencing them. This is a good resource if you’ve forgotten how a game goes or you need some inspiration and new ideas.

iPhone/iPad App: iProv (250 improv games)

Everything’s An Offer by Robert Poynton, illustrated by Gary Hirsch – two of the talented folk at On Your Feet. The best book you’ll ever read on using improv principles for business. A gem of a book.

Training to Imagine: Practical improvisational techniques to enhance creativity, teamwork, leadership and learning by Kat Koppett. Kat is another improv guru, a great performer and teacher. Her book is full of activities, including the theory of why you would use them.

Impro: Improvisation and the theatre by Keith Johnstone. This book was first published in 1981 and is the ‘bible’ of improv from the master himself. If you read nothing else about improv, read this.

Improvisation for the Theatre by Viola Spolin. Viola famously said, “If they don’t get it, play another game.” She was a great believer in the power of games for learning. Spot on!

Group Genius by Keith Sawyer. Want to read some research about the creative power of collaboration? Here’s your book. Based on research about how improvisors collaborate and create ‘something from nothing’.

1 Comment so far

  1. guido on June 15, 2011 1:48 am

    thank you very much and greetings from mexico.

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