Fifty Key Improv Performers: Actors, Troupes, and Schools from Theatre, Film, and TV (Routledge Key Guides) (Paperback)

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Fifty Key Improv Performers highlights the history, development, and impact of improvisational theatre by highlighting not just key performers, but institutions, training centers, and movements to demonstrate the ways improv has shaped contemporary performance both onstage and onscreen.

The book features the luminaries of improv, like Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone, and Mick Napier, while also featuring many of the less well-known figures in improvisation who have fundamentally changed the way we make and view comedy - people like Susan Messing, Jonathan Pitts, Robert Gravel, and Yvon Leduc. Due to improv's highly collaborative nature, the book features many of the art form's most important theatres and groups, such as The Second City, TJ & Dave, and Oui Be Negroes. While the book focuses on the development of improvisation in the United States, it features several entries about the development of improv around the globe.

Students of Improvisational Theatre, History of Comedy, and Performance Studies, as well as practitioner of comedy, will benefit from the wide expanse of performers, groups, and institutions throughout the book.

About the Author

Matt Fotis is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Albright College, where he teaches improvisation, comedy studies, and writing for performance. He is the author of Satire & The State: Sketch Comedy and the Presidency (Routledge 2020), Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy: The Harold (Palgrave Macmillan 2014), and co-author of The Comedy Improv Handbook (Routledge 2016). He has published or presented on various topics, including improvisational theatre, new play development, political theatre, solo-performance, comedy studies, folklore studies, popular culture and more. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre/Practice, The Journal of American Drama & Theatre, Academic Minute, The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, The Encyclopedia of American Studies, McSweeney's, and, among others. He is an award-winning playwright and the co-founder and co-executive director of The First Thursday Comedy Series in Reading, PA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032414218
ISBN-10: 1032414219
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 12th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Routledge Key Guides