THEATRE GAMES: MOVEMENT

Icebreakers, Movement, Warm ups
At least 10
No more than 40

Learn each others names, and test memory skills, as a cast begins to work together as a team.

22,433 1309991642 Name Game
High School, College
At least 2
No more than 5

Actors learn to commit to a private truthful moment in front of an audience.

20,061 1309991377 A Private Moment
asolo
Icebreakers, Improv, Movement
At least 5
No more than 20

After selecting an index card notated with a simple sentence, a student will communicate the meaning of the sentence through the use of

nonsensical words, sounds, and/or pantomime- a fun way to learn how to express one’s self and specific thoughts without words.

14,651 1309419642 What Did You Say?
theatre_t
At least 10
No more than 40

"Duck, Duck, Goose" becomes an acting game when the "Goose" is replaced with anything the leader calls out.  A great game to break down inhibitions and introduce the concept of "always saying yes."

22,757 1308590571 Duck, Duck, ?
At least 5
No more than 40

In this exercise, one student will walk across the circle, focusing on the emotional state and attitude of a character and how that might be heightened from a 1 level to a 10 level.

9,971 1279288483 Weirdo
At least 5
No more than 10

To take on the persona of the last person that gets into the taxi.

6,945 1278685142 Amy Federowicz and Karen Brennan/ Taxi
At least 5
No maximum

Students watch one another and imitate one another's physical actions.  The prompts for movement can be motivated or just fun improvisational.  Students can explore their physical instrument and expand the limits of their creativity.  (Also good for getting students (and directors!) to learn names of their fellow students.)

4,147 1276523817 Watch Lori!
High School, College, Adults
At least 5
No maximum

This is one of the most requested games in my acting classes.  The more times they play it, the more specific and competitive the session becomes.  Anyone can participate, but you will need a quick mind to win!

7,997 1275995029 What are you doing?
Theatregeek
At least 2
No more than 5

Translating a scenario by acting it out.

3,064 1275078761 Storytelling Translation
High School
At least 2
No maximum

Intro pantomime activities to break the ice the first few days of class.

2,869 1268838737 Deb Fragale/Language Arts Teacher
At least 10
No more than 40

Assemble cast in a circle.  The first actor mimes an object and uses it.  Then he/she hands the object to the next actor who also uses it in it's first form. The second actor then "stretches", "squishes", or manipulates it into a new object uses it and passes it on to the next actor.  The same process continues around the circle. The goal of the exercise is used to increase cast connection, camaraderie, and creativity.

2,190 1266167997 Mind Morph
At least 10
No more than 20

Excellent for cast building to be used early during the rehearsal process.  Divide cast into two teams.  Students mime that they are playing volleyball. Regular volleyball rules apply.  The student "serves" to the other team and calls out the cast member's name, that student can "set" to a fellow team member by calling his/her name or send it back "over the net" to the other side.  If  a student misses a name or calls the wrong name, a point is awarded.  The teacher acts as the referee.  Feel free to "rotate" in and out, "spike", "bump", "set", and "block"!

2,040 1266166599 Name Volleyball
Improv, Movement, Physical work
At least 5
No more than 20

Two actors (critics) improvise spoken lines while the remaining characters become animated statues in order to practice role playing, verbal improvisation, maintaining freeze position, pantomime, phsycial acting, self-reflection and peer critique.

2,814 1246365938 Statue Critics
Movement, Musical, Warm ups
At least 5
No maximum

Combinging physical activity with verbal exercise to help the brain organize and focus effectively through rhythm and clapping.

3,403 1246288271 Clap Exercise
At least 2
No more than 20

To physicalize emotion by showing emotions and feelings through use of space objects.

 

4,227 1246287698 Changing Emotion
At least 5
No more than 10

The game requires both exchanging and transforming energy by blending with your fellow players as a ball of energy is thrown amoungst the group.  Its about being in the moment, keeping open, grounded and free as well as being aware of your surroundings and articulating. You must be aware of the energy sent, available to the energy - allowing it to change you, and you must be articulate in sending the energy back out.

2,467 1246285330 Casting Spells
Improv, Movement, Team building
Middle School
At least 5
No more than 20

Students will understand and apply the concepts of impromptu storytelling and improving their improvisational skills by perfomring a well known fairy tale in one minute flat.

2,676 1246284284 60 Second Fairy Tales
At least 10
No more than 20

To get students to know each other through names and stories.

3,885 1246283600 Bang!
Improv, Movement, Warm ups
At least 2
No more than 20

To get students moving, thinking fast and on their feet through improvisation.

8,964 1246283242 Bus Stop
Movement, Musical, Warm ups
At least 5
No more than 20

To get the class warmed up and in their bodies, while paying attention to their fellow participants.

3,840 1246280560 Indian Chief to a Beat