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List of improv games for teachers and moderators
Here you will find games grouped by topic, 3-hours long workshops and games for online improv.
Tips for preparing your own routine
- For a 3-hours workshop with a long warm-up for beginners you usually need 18 games:
- 6 warm-ups
- 6 exercises
- 6 games for shows
- If the workshop is only 2-hours long, you need to look for 4 games of each type
- Always add one game to explain the concept of Yes and… if you are expecting beginners
- Include one cold down exercise like Memory game or Count until 21 as a group
- Don't talk to much when explaining the games, just show by doing with some veteran players. This is specially true in games with many participants
Game Sets for short-form
4-months programme for beginners
If you are just started moderating a improv group, this programme for 3 hours of improv per week will give you initial topics, games and exercises for the first months.
Give the group enough time to develope the scene! Usually 30 minutes are required.
- Long form getting to a final scene: The audience proposes a topic. 4 short scenes are played and one is choosen by the audience. The players have to play many scenes which end in the choosen scene
- Free form with temporal connections: Sequence of short scenes with 2-3 players. When a players enters, he tags one of the last scenes and says a temporal connection like “one year later”, “two weeks before” or “when he was 18 years old”. Students from Second City playing this game
- Armando: Initial monologue based on the suggestion of the audience. Then players in groups of three perform scenes related to the monologue.
- Triple Play: 3 teams of 3 players tell 3 stories in three scenes
- Charakter-Reigen Chain of characters
- Funeral service Too structucted. It will be better to use it as inspiration for three of more short stories
Warm-up for long form
- Character freeze on stage: One player stands in the front and all other players are standing in a row behind him. The first player starts playing a character without talking and all the other one imitate him as good as possible. After the character is establish another player clashes and he comes to the front. He starts a do a second character and all other players imitate him. It is an excellent warm-up to tighten the connection of the players on stage.