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Improvisation Games for Teens

Facilitating Music and Theatre Games at Onward Willow

Improvisation games from both music and theatre offer a fun, inclusive and dynamic way to foster creativity, self-expression and social skills among teens. At this page, you’ll find plenty of resources for designing your own workshop!

This page profiles a project by students and professors at the University of Guelph working in partnership with Onward Willow-Better Beginnings, Better Futures. We describe a university course in which we designed and led improvisation workshops during a teen drop-in night. In the video, Dr. Ellen Waterman and Dr. Rebecca Caines introduce you to the project and talk about its impact. You can read and download a Guide written by Waterman, Caines and the participating students that offers practical tips, many games, a workshop template, and 5 sample two-hour workshop plans. Dr. Caines has also written a short essay reflecting on her experience in this rewarding project.


A Guide to Leading Music and Theatre Improvisation Games for Teens

A Critical Reflection on Playing Across Disciplines

Onward Willow Better Beginnings Website

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag