Rare Atellan Farce Resources

Rare Atellan Farce Resources

Atellan farce, or Atellanae fabulae, was improvisational comic drama in Roman times originating in the town of Atella. As with its modern counterpart, this was a form of low comedy aimed at entertaining the masses. The characters in Atellan farce each had their own mask and costume, similar to the stock characters of the Commedia dell’Arte centuries later. Atellan farce existed for over 500 years, eventually losing popularity around 200 A.D.

Collage Drama: 13 Great Playbuilding Resources for Students and Teachers

Collage Drama: 13 Great Playbuilding Resources for Students and Teachers

Collage drama normally involves original improvised material, group-devised through the act of playbuilding. The form often includes a number of different performance styles deliberately juxtaposing against each other. The narrative of collage drama is usually episodic, consisting of various scenes linked only by a common theme such as the environment, peer pressure, body image, or global warming. Collage drama is regularly used in the classroom and can exist purely as a process for learning or extend through to performance, if desired. This page consists of a number of playbuilding and collage drama resources for students and teachers.

100s of Hilarious Drama and Theatresports Games

100s of Hilarious Drama and Theatresports Games

Theatresports is a form of competitive improvisational theatre game first introduced in the 1970s by Keith Johnstone. Games structures are known as handles and usually played in teams of four with scoring based on players demonstrating technique, narrative and entertainment. Theatresports are an effective tool for building improvisation skills in the drama or theatre classroom.

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’Arte

Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. The closest translation of the name is “comedy of craft”; it is shortened from commedia dell’arte all’improvviso, or “comedy…

Improv Theatre

Improv Theatre

Improvisational theatre, often called improv or impro, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. In its purest form, the dialogue, the action, the story and the characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without…

Performance Art

Performance Art

In art, performance art is a performance presented to an audience, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that…