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12ATDRA - Improvisation: Home

What is improv?:

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.

Improv is unique in that if you see a performance, that’s it… there will never be another show exactly like it ever done again. Improv is different every time.

Improvised shows can differ between different improv troupes, depending on their training, their goals, and their style. Sometimes improv is purely comedy-based, while other times it can be a mix of both comedy and drama, or just drama. Like scripted theatre – without the script, with the actors acting, directing themselves, writing the plot, and interacting with each other all at the same time without previous planning.

Improv is spontaneous, entertaining, and fun. But like all great things, you’ll have to see it first hand to fully experience and appreciate it.

From "The Hideout"

Featured books:

Dave Morris - The Way of Improvisation - Ted Talk:

Second City:

Albany Park Theater Project: Our Story:

Black Box Improv Theater

"Whose line is it anyway?" - TV Show:

Reference Generator:

Reference Generator It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.


A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Bogart, A & Landau, T 2014, The viewpoints book : a practical guide to viewpoints and composition, Nick Hern Books, London.

Canadian Improv Games 2017, Improv Warmups and Exercises (Quick demos), 23 November, viewed 1 April 2020, <>.

Viola Spolin Official Website n.d.,, viewed 1 April 2020, <>.