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At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater
     

At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater

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by Elizabeth Swados
 

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ISBN-10: 0571211208

ISBN-13: 2900571211202

Pub. Date: 06/13/2006

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Young people and improvisational theater should be a natural combination—so why do we so rarely find this combo in today's classrooms? According to Elizabeth Swados—playwright, director, composer, poet, author of children's books and of an acclaimed family memoir—improvisational theater is the perfect creative outlet for junior-high and high-school

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Young people and improvisational theater should be a natural combination—so why do we so rarely find this combo in today's classrooms? According to Elizabeth Swados—playwright, director, composer, poet, author of children's books and of an acclaimed family memoir—improvisational theater is the perfect creative outlet for junior-high and high-school students . . . if only they can be given the tools and the guidance to make the most of this natural yet rigorous art form.

Drawing on her own experience teaching inner-city children in the groundbreaking musical Runaways and in teaching the techniques of improv theater in schools around the country, as well as on her own background in experimental theater, Swados provides a step-by-step guide to bringing out the natural creativity and enthusiasm key to young people creating—and enjoying—improvisational theater. Covering the basics—from freeing the imagination to learning about how to work with an ensemble, from how to master different forms of movement and sound to how to create different kinds of characters—this is the book for teachers and students eager to learn how to express fully the creative talent that all children are born with.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900571211202
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
06/13/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
312

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Gain of Courage,
How to Use This Book,
Introduction: My Story,
ONE Being the Director,
TWO Voice,
THREE Movement,
FOUR Characters,
FIVE Improvisation,
SIX Discussion,
SEVEN Writing,
EIGHT Space,
NINE Time,
TEN Music and Choreography,
ELEVEN Putting a Show Together,
TWELVE Mentoring,
For Further Reading,

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At Play: Teaching Teenagers Theater 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anjanette More than 1 year ago
I have been a teacher for nearly five years and this is the first school year I am teaching high school speech and drama. We have no text books and I have no experience in teaching this course. However, this book is one of the few resources I rely on to make the class enjoyable and to teach the students what they need to know about drama!