Synopses & Reviews
Created by experts who teach improvisational theater, this resource for educators and youth workers provides new and creative role-playing exercises that tackle a wide range of topics. From small pieces for a few people to large-scale skits that involve an entire class, this guidebook helps educators engage with kids and helps them engage with each other. Rather than using line-by-line dialogue, the skits are designed as improvisational scenarios that give a starting point and let kids decide where to go, enhancing their creativity, self-reliance, and analytical skills. Each skit is designed to be as easy to prepare as possible and includes an estimated time, ways to modify the skit for various age groups, and a list of follow-up questions designed to reinforce the lessons learned. Also included is information on how to facilitate skits, get kids motivated and energized, and build trust. The skits are divided into categories that include imagination, teamwork, communication skills, motivation and leadership, peer pressure and integrity, and conflict resolution.
"Yes, there are great skit ideas . . . but the supporting information on coaching, discussion, and asset building make this an educator's dream come true." SLJ Teen, online newsletter
About the Author
Lynn Grasberg is an improvisational theater instructor, a keynote speaker, and a comedienne. She is the author of Bounce Back! The New Play Ethic at Work. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Gina Oldenburg is the executive director of the Creative Expressions Center, a speaker, and a playwright. She is the author of Energize! A Daily Guide to High Energy Living, and several plays. She lives in Denver, Colorado.