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Connecting Through Spontaneous Play: A Guide to Leading Music and Theatre Improvisation Games for Teens

Rebecca Caines, Sarah Clark, Adam Malcolm, Maeve O'Sullivan, Khuong Pham, Matthew Saayman, Ellen Waterman, Claire Whitehead

Published: 2010-08-25

Improvisation games are a great way to build trust and community, develop creativity, and have a lot of fun. We wrote this guide from our own experience, and we hope that it will be of practical use to other people who want to develop and lead improvisation workshops. Our approach combined theatre improvisation games with musical improvisation; we borrowed ideas from a lot of great sources, and we made up many of our own.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace