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Group Improvisation: The Manual of Ensemble Improv Games [Paperback]

By Charna Halpern (Author) & Peter Gwinn (Author)
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Pages   91
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Meriwether Pub
ISBN  156608086X  
EAN  9781566080866  

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By Peter Gwinn with additional material by Charna Halpern. Who would have thought that participating in group improv could be so enlightening and rewarding! Peter Gwinn and his colleagues at the ImprovOlympic theatre in Chicago have developed ?The Group Mind? to create a new awareness in the mind and spirit of any group or team. ?The Group Mind,? the Holy Grail of improvisation, is created by a synergy between improv participants. It?s like ESP. It?s the feeling of being part of a greater entity, a sense of excitement, belonging, importance that takes teamwork to a new level. Over forty improv games are included for developing group chemistry: creation, bonding, dynamics, energy, focus and more. Techniques are discussed for breaking the ice, agreement, listening and support, teamwork, quick thinking and having fun!

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Group Improv Brilliant!  Feb 28, 2008
This book is great for teaching the support and trust actors need to perform any form of theatre...invigorating games with levels of difficulty so they can be used for most any group. I've used it for aged 7 to 18 but it is great for adults as well, especially the more challenging games. Bravo!
Nice Guidance for work on Group Dynamics  Apr 25, 2004
Great, thorough descriptions of lots of great group warm-ups and scene exercises. It's not a vast new continent of never-before-seen improv, but it's the clearest map I've ever seen of the very tricky terrain of group dynamics, which can make or break a performance group (or any group, for that matter). Peter Gwinn writes in a fun and playful conversational tone and the accompanying retro-tastic photos of improvisers at play are, frankly, adorable. I have met folks who trained with Gwinn, and now I join them in their wish to hug him for this contribution to the craft. Gracias!
This is a great reference  Mar 24, 2004
For anyone coaching/directing or if you're playing on a team where you need to break into new territories and develop new forms, these games are a perfect start. This book explains what the important parts of each game are so that you bring the actual lessons to stagework, not just horse around and forget. I highly recommend the book.
Consider This an Important Addendum...  Feb 1, 2004 Charna Halpern's "Truth and Comedy." Gwinn takes an actor-centric approach to long-form improvisation, developing characters the way Del Close intended them to be. He grounds his games in terminology befitting any advanced acting technique, exploring emotion and motivation over the tricks and gimmicks synonymous with shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Gwinn has been performing and teaching at Chicago's Improv Olympic for nearly a decade, so he knows his stuff. That being said, as articulate as this book is, it should serve as a supplement, not a substitute, for first-hand experience or training in long- or short-form comedy improvisation.

Terrible  Dec 22, 2003
I really wanted it to be 0 stars. but that is not an option.

I thought this book was really bad. I wanted to learn more about improv, and this didn't tell me anything new, and it's pretty basic stuff. There are better books out there....I also do not reccomend Truth in Comedy by C Halpern.

Improv is more about feeling and being in the moment, and not going by the "book."

Both of these books must have been written by people who did a lot of watching, and not a lot of doing.


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