The Improviser's Way
A Longform Workbook
Structured as a twelve-week course, this book provides techniques, advice and exercises that can be done on your own or in groups – with activities to complete as you go – for learning faster and becoming (more) amazing at improvisation. It draws on the author’s own experience of performing and teaching improv around the world, with added gems of wisdom from key experts.
Starting with the basics of improvisation, it moves on to explore areas of the craft such as rehearsals, character, editing, form and style; plus career advice including how to cope with bad gigs, jealousy, fear of missing out and your Inner Critic.
The Improviser’s Way is ideal for improvisers at any level – from those new to improv entirely, through those familiar with shortform who are looking to extend their reach, to experienced longform performers and teachers looking to refresh their approach and embrace new ideas. It is also invaluable to anyone looking to discover more about this popular, thrillingly creative and empowering form of performance.
By the end, you won’t just be a better improviser – you’ll be a better person!
"Written with the calm and kind wisdom of someone who has been there and done that, here is a wealth of brilliant suggestions to help you improvise better and, perhaps more importantly, help you be better at the job of being an improviser. " Lee Simpson (The Comedy Store Players, Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
"Katy Schutte is a leading light of the UK improv scene and this book is as warm, witty, compassionate and funny as she is. " —Tom Salinksy (Spontaneity Shop)