Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy: The Harold (Matt Fotis)
/ 30 de abril de 2019

Long form scenic improv began with the Harold. The comic philosophy of this form started an era of comedy marked by support, trust, and collaboration. This book tells of the Harold, beginning with the development of improv theatre, through the tensions and evolutions that led to its creation at iO, and to its use in contemporary filmmaking.

The Comedy Improv Handbook (Matt Fotis, Siobhan O’Hara)
/ 30 de abril de 2019

The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing a basic understanding of the history of improvisation and its major influences, structures, and theories. This book also addresses issues associated with being a college improviser – like auditions, rehearsals, performances, and the dynamics of improv groups.

Inside improvisation: The Science Behind Theatrical Improvisation and How To Get Better (Richard Bennett)
/ 13 de septiembre de 2018

Not all improv is the same. Inside Improvisation explores, compares and clarifies in detail the main methods of theatrical improvisation, from the Chicago method improv and Harold, to Keith Johnstone’s impro and Theatresports, and everything of significance in-between. Referencing modern scientific theory and 100+ research papers, Inside Improvisation uses the science behind improvisation, to explain how it works and how to become a much better improvisor. Topics include: how the brain works while improvising; presence and mindfulness; fear, anxiety and the freedom to succeed; leveraging the unconscious; group mind; how scenes actually work – metapragmatics and scene progression; why and how improvisation is funny; using alcohol, drugs and stimulants; acting and theatre theory applied to improvisation; and much much more.

Keith Johnstone: A critical biography (Theresa Robbins Dudeck)
/ 13 de septiembre de 2018

Keith Johnstone entered the Royal Court Theatre as a new playwright in 1956: a decade later he emerged as a groundbreaking director and teacher of improvisation. His decisive book Impro (1979), described Johnstone’s unique system of training: weaving together theories and techniques to encourage spontaneous, collaborative creation using the intuition and imagination of the actors. Johnstone has since become world-renowned, inspiring theatre greats and beginners alike; and his work continues to influence practice within and beyond the traditional theatre. Theresa Robbins Dudeck is the first author to rigorously examine Johnstone’s life and career using a combination of archival documents – many from Johnstone’s personal collection – participant observation, and interviews with Johnstone, his colleagues and former students. Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography is a fascinating journey through the physical spaces that have served as Johnstone’s transformative classrooms, and into the conceptual spaces which inform his radical pedagogy and approach to artistic work.

Bossy pants (Tina Fey)
/ 13 de septiembre de 2018

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her. Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls and ‘Sarah Palin’, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon – from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

Impro Argentina
/ 13 de septiembre de 2018

Impro Argentina es el resultado de un profundo trabajo de investigación que incluyó más de 40 entrevistas a personalidades del mundo de la Impro y una revisión minuciosa de las obras sobre el género. La primera parte del libro, APUNTES, es un aporte teórico sobre el género de la improvisación teatral: una introducción a la Impro para los novatos y material de reflexión para los iniciados. En LA HISTORIA, la segunda parte, se cuenta por primera vez, desde sus inicios hasta la actualidad, los 21 años de Impro en la escena teatral argentina. Gustavo Caletti, no se desentiende de su preferencial doble posición: improvisador sobre el escenario e interesado observador de los procesos culturales. Con este trabajo contribuye a divulgar una pasión escénica que cada día capta más adeptos y, a la vez, debatir el lugar de la improvisación en el ambiente teatral argentino. Web

Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The Tj and Dave Book (TJ Jagodowski / David Pasquesi)
/ 19 de abril de 2018

T.J. and David are internationally known, award-winning, master improvisers from Chicago’s legendary scene. This in-depth look at the techniques, principles, theory and ideas behind what they do is both authoritative and entertaining. Since their early years playing the iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and the Second City mainstage theater (where David won a Joseph Jefferson award for best actor in a revue), TJ and Dave have been performing for over fifty years combined – fifteen as a team. David worked with improvisation guru Del Close, in development of theThe Harold, the preeminent longform theatrical structure, and both are multi-award winning actors.

Impro. Dinámica de lo impensado (Feña Ortalli)
/ 31 de marzo de 2018

Ediciones Status presenta Impro: Dinámica de lo impensado, el primer libro de Feña Ortalli. Un libro que plantea una serie de ideas y conceptos de la improvisación explicados a través de analogías futboleras. «En Impro: Dinámica de lo Impensado, Feña Ortalli nos saca al terreno de juego sin perder de vista la pizarra. De forma magistral nos sumerge en la historia de los grandes y permite que con nuestras propuestas hagamos rodar el esférico». Javier Pastor (Director de El Club de la Impro) Web

Second City Almanac Improvisation (Anne Libera)
/ 23 de marzo de 2018

It all began in a converted Chinese laundry on Chicago’s north side on a cold December night in 1959. No one could have known that by the next century, The Second City would have established itself as the premier comedy institution in the world. Taking its act north, The Second City would build a second permanent home in Toronto where it would create the Emmy-Award winning television series «SCTV.» Pioneering the use of improvisation in developing talent and creating satiric revue comedy, The Second City has become – in the words of the New York Times – «A Comedy Empire.»The Second City Almanac of Improvisation – like the theatre itself – is a collection of diverse ideas, viewpoints, and memories, written by a vast array of teachers, actors, and directors who all got their start at the legendary comedy theatre. Fred Willard recalls his introduction to The Second City style in the mid-Sixties; Tim Kazurinsky gives a hilarious visual demonstration on the art of object work; «Saturday Night Live» star Tina Fey talks about re-improvising material as a mode of writing revue comedy; noted director Mick Napier takes on the thorny debate between long-form improvisation and short-form improvisation. Anne Libera…