THEA-144: Improvisation for the Actor

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Improvisation for the Actor
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the principles and practice of improvisational techniques as applied to performance. Offers a solid theoretical basis and practical experience with vocal, movement, character, scene, style, and multi-scene improvisation as an introduction to rehearsal approaches, character development, and creativity.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Solo Vocal, Movement, Character, and Scene Improvisation.

    Create solo vocal, movement, character, and scene improvisation.

  2. Multi-Criteria Improvs, Dramatic, Comic, and Tragic Forms.

    Create improvisation in dramatic, comic, and tragic forms.

  3. Sound devices.

    Incorporate textual, onomatopoetic, and related sound devices in improvisations.

  4. Terminology.

    Apply commonly accepted improvisation terminology in discussing and evaluating the improv work of self and others.

  5. Story-telling structure.

    Present an improve that incorporates simple story structure.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Mid-term and final improv exams
  • Plus a rubric that evaluates the student's:
  1. Ability to answer in-class questions regarding theory and technique.
  2. Ability to demonstrate application of theory and technique during in-class exercises.
  3. Written presentation of theory and approaches.
  4. Engagement and success in out-of-class exercises.
  5. Willingness to try new approaches.
  6. Level of positive cooperation with fellow students.
  7. Level of willingness and creative output during in-class exercises.



Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date