From its roots in Commedia dell'arte, improvisational theatre has evolved into a flourishing independent art form. On TV it's been popularized by the British and USA show "Whose Line Is it Anyway?". Finding a niche somewhere between scripted theater and sketch comedy, improv appears in a multitude of incarnations. Competitive improvisation, where 2 or more teams play against each other, the audience or a jury determining the winner, is presented by groups like "ImprovOlympics", "TheaterSports", and "ComedySportz". Comedy/Satire Improvisation comes in either short or long form. Short meaning that a troupe presents a performance comprised of a series of diverse, audience driven sketches. Long form usually means that the company presents an evening long improv losely structed around an initial audience suggested theme/plot/cast of characters. Playback theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.
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A large collection of resources related to improvisational theatre, focusing on games, references, and a glossary.
International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN)
Supports development of playback theatre worldwide through its programs and services, membership benefits, training resources, administration, and contacts.
Explores musical accompaniment for improvised theatre, including musical- and non-musical games, workshop exercises, and song construction.
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