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Drama Game: Bucket of Water

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Jan 18, 2014 Drama Games 1 Comment

Type: Creativity Purpose: This is a great intro to pantomime. Procedure: 1.  With the class seated, ask two students to take the stage. 2.  Ask these two students to hold a large, imaginary bucket, one person on either side. 3.  The instructor will fill the bucket with water from an imaginary hose. 4.  The goal of these [...]

Drama Game: Two Person Environment

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Jan 9, 2014 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Creativity, Improv Procedure: 1.  In a standing circle, give the students 30 seconds to quietly think of a specific environment. (i.e. The circus, a football game, detention, etc.) 2.  Choose a student to begin by stepping into the circle, instantly beginning to act within the environment she thought of. 3.  The player who was standing [...]

Drama Game: Slow Motion Emotion

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Jan 9, 2014 Drama Games 8 Comments

Type: Creativity Purpose: This is a great primer for beginning character work. Procedure: 1.  In a bowl, have slips of paper with different emotions written on them. 2.  Ask three students to take the stage. 3.  Have one of the students draw an emotion from the bowl and show it to the other two. 4.  As you [...]

Drama Game: Yes, Let’s

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Dec 10, 2013 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type: Improv Purpose:  This game reinforces the basic principle of improv; accepting.  It’s often natural for kids to be contrary when beginning to improv – it’s easy and often gets a laugh from their friends.  However being contrary, or blocking, is fatal to most improv activities. Procedure: 1.  Divide your class into two groups. 2. Ask [...]

Drama Game: Gibberish Conversation

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Oct 1, 2013 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type:  Creativity, Improv Procedure:    1.  Before playing this game, introduce Gibberish to your students with a game like Gibberish Interpreter. 2.  Ask two students to take the stage. They will be the actors in the scene. 3.  Ask two more students to stand on either side of them.  They will be the interpreters. 4. [...]

Drama Game: Gibberish Interpreter

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Oct 1, 2013 Drama Games , 2 Comments

Type: Creativity, Improv Procedure: 1.  If you haven’t already, introduce your students to the idea of speaking in “Gibberish”. (Gibberish means speaking with silly sounds that don’t mean anything, but still communicate an intention and meaning.) 2.  A good way to warm up the class is with a simple call and response.  Speak a phrase in [...]

Drama Game: Environment Charades

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Sep 26, 2013 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type:  Ensemble Building, Creativity Purpose:  A challenging group exercise that allows students to create an environment while working together. It is good to do this after students have been exposed to a significant amount of pantomime/space work (Group Environment, What Are You Doing?, etc.) Procedure: 1.  Divide your actors into groups of four or five. [...]

Drama Game: Narrative, Emotion, Detail (NED)

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Sep 13, 2013 Drama Games , 0 Comments

Type:  Creativity, Improv Procedure: 1.  On 3 separate large cards write “N”, “E” and “D”.  These stand for Narrative, Emotion and Detail.  2.  Ask a player to take the stage and begin telling a story. 3.  Throughout the story, hold up either the “N”, or “E” or “D” card. 4.  If you hold up the [...]

Drama Game: Grab a Slip

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Sep 5, 2013 Drama Games , 13 Comments

Type:  Improv, Creativity Procedure: 1.  Create slips of paper with random phrases on them.  (i.e. “The goats left for dinner already”, “Never point at a pine tree”, “Please stop looking at my earlobe”, etc.) 2.  Spread the slips of paper face down on the floor of the stage area. 3.  Ask two or three actors [...]

Drama Game: Stream of Consciousness

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Sep 5, 2013 Drama Games 0 Comments

Type:  Creativity Purpose:  Super simple game that helps actors think quickly and spontaneously. Procedure: 1.  Actors stand in circle. 2.  Leader stands in center and gives one actor a word. 3.  That actor must then just empty his/her head in a stream of consciousness that is evoked from that word.  The actors must never stop [...]