Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

by Keith Johnstone

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre is in my Top 10 of best books of all times. A live changer.

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Via Wikipedia: "Keith Johnstone (born February 1933) is a British and Canadian pioneer of improvisational theatre, best known for inventing the Impro System, part of which are the Theatresports. He is also an educator, playwright, actor and theatre director. [...]

Johnstone co-founded the Loose Moose Theatre, and invented his system of training that has been influencing practice within and beyond the traditional theatre for over 50 years. [...]

Johnstone has written two books about his system; the 1979 Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre, and the 1999 Impro For Storytellers. He is known for slogans that encapsulate his philosophy of improvisation, and include:

You can't learn anything without failing.
Please don't do your best. Trying to do your best is trying to be better than you are.
Go onto stage to make relationships. At least you won't be alone.
It's not the offer, but what you do with it.

Thanks to William Bennett!

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