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Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

By Keith Johnstone

This is a great introduction to improv. Keith Johnstone is one of the forefathers of improvisation and our approach to improv borrows a lot from his theory. A good way to get your feet wet, this book will introduce you to the basics and help you get a grasp on what improv is all about (including a lot of the terms we'll be using).

Impro for Storytellers

By Keith Johnstone

Another, thicker, and more in depth Keith Johnstone book. This one builds on Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre and really digs into narrative structure. Yeeehaw!

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

By Robert McKee

Yes, this is a screenwriting book. However, we've found it to be one of the most comprehensive books written on storytelling (which is absolutely crucial to the Dad's style of improv). Story is a great resource for learning the ins and outs of scene structure, character arcs, and genre. This should be especially of interest to those of you interested in long form improv.

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre

By Mick Napier

This is one of the most well-written books on improv out there...and probably the most controversial. Mick Napier re-examines the accepted rules of improv and challenges you to think out of the box about what makes a good improv scene work. (Great reading for those of you that already know and understand "the rules" and are ready for the next step.)


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