Improvisation is not just for actors, comedians, or other arts professionals. The ability to authentically lead, engage, collaborate, take competent risks, motivate others, be spontaneous, and effectively deliver a story, idea, or presentation are proficiencies everyone can improve through improvisational theatre training. London, and more specifically the Royal Court Theatre, is the birthplace of Keith Johnstone’s pioneering IMPRO methods now being applied internationally, within and beyond traditional theatre spaces, to foster the growth and/or development of flexible structures, new mindsets, and a range of inter and intra-personal
skills required in today’s innovation and relationship economy.
In this two-week travel course, using London and its vibrant impro community as our laboratory, students will explore the theoretical principles and related practices of improvisational theatre to enhance the skills needed to go “off-script” adeptly using an improvisation mindset. Each week, the cohort will spend six to eight hours in the Impro Lab with instructor Theresa Robbins Dudeck, one of the foremost teacher-scholars of Keith Johnstone’s work with expertise in applied improvisation facilitation.
With Dr. Dudeck, students will practically explore improvisational theatre exercises, games, and theories, reinforced by select readings and lectures, to: (1) strengthen communication, collaboration, and creativity muscles; (2) acquire a greater understanding of how impro and/or an improvisation mindset are being applied beyond conventional theatre in organizations and
communities; (3) build an impro ensemble/team that can effectively put into practice the tenets and methods of impro to create and relate collaboratively and spontaneously. Outside the Impro Lab, the cohort will attend one or two workshops each week with well-known London-based artists and makers who are applying improvisation in exciting ways as well as several improvisation performances in/around London. A show at the Royal Court Theatre, where Johnstone’s Impro System was born, will also be scheduled along with a field trip (location to be determined) to experience improvisation beyond London.
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||Theresa Robbins Dudeck, Professor and Scholar
||June 22nd - July 6th, 2022
|Areas of Study
All Majors welcome, however, this course is especially relevant to the following fields of study:
- Conflict Resolution
- Educational Leadership
- Applied Linguistics
- Social Work
|Required Pre-Departure Meetings
||Yes, specific dates and times TBD Summer 2022
|Course & Credit
||TA 345/510 - 4 credits
|Language of Instruction
|Host Country Language
|Class Standing Eligibility
|Minimum GPA Requirements
Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
- Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
- 2 short essays
- 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
- This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments.
- This cannot be submitted by the program leader
- These must be Professional or Academic in nature
- $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
|Application Process (Non- PSU Students)
|PROGRAM FEE INCLUDES
- 4 PSU credits
- Some meals
- Guest lectures, workshops, and/or company visits
- Transportation to all required program sites
- Ed Abroad Service Fee
- International Health Insurance
|ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED COSTS INCLUDES
- International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,200)
- Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
- Passport or visa
- US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.
*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.