Embodied Playwriting: Improv and Acting Exercises for Writing and Devising (Paperback)

Embodied Playwriting: Improv and Acting Exercises for Writing and Devising By Hillary Haft Bucs (Editor), Charissa Menefee (Editor) Cover Image
By Hillary Haft Bucs (Editor), Charissa Menefee (Editor)
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Embodied Playwriting: Improv and Acting Exercises for Writing and Devising is the first book to compile new and adapted exercises for teaching playwriting in the classroom, workshop, or studio through the lens of acting and improvisation.

The book provides access to the innovative practices developed by seasoned playwriting teachers from around the world who are also actors, improv performers, and theatre directors. Borrowing from the embodied art of acting and the inventive practice of improvisation, the exercises in this book will engage readers in performance-based methods that lead to the creation of fully imagined characters, dynamic relationships, and vivid drama. Step-by-step guidelines for exercises, as well as application and coaching advice, will support successful lesson planning and classroom implementation for playwriting students at all levels, as well as individual study. Readers will also benefit from curation by editors who have experience with high-impact educational practices and are advocates for the use of varied teaching strategies to increase accessibility, inclusion, skill-building, and student success.

Embodied Playwriting offers a wealth of material for teachers and students of playwriting courses, as well as playwrights who look forward to experimenting with dynamic, embodied writing practices.

About the Author

Hillary Haft Bucs is a Professor of Theatre at Western New England University, where she teaches Playwriting, Acting, and Improvisational Comedy. With Valerie Clayman Pye, she co-edited Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics in Practice: Perspectives on Activating the Actor (Routledge 2020).Charissa Menefee is a playwright and poet, the Artistic Director of The EcoTheatre Lab, and a Professor of English and Theatre at Iowa State University, where she co-directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032152042
ISBN-10: 1032152044
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 27th, 2023
Pages: 278
Language: English