THEATRE GAMES: TEAM BUILDING

At least 10
No maximum

Passing on sounds, movement, and objects as a concentration activity. Geared towards helping the students maintain focus and work together to accomplish the final goal.

17,169 1309872765 Pass It On
At least 5
No more than 20

This activity builds cooperation and trust and is a great beginning activity for new casts and/or theatre groups.

28,786 1309542504 Together Concentration
At least 2
No more than 10

Using improvisation to act out particular scenes from the musical or play we are performing. This helps motivate the students to 'let their hair down' and act and have fun.

 

5,526 1309542084 Futuristic Improv
Icebreakers, Team building
At least 5
No more than 10

This is an ice breaker game that really just helps the students get to know each other better and to further help the students develop social skills.

7,078 1309541705 Two Truths and a Lie
Middle School
At least 2
No maximum

This exercise helps allow students to learn and use their vocabulary words. Also, it helps them get used to improv.

8,413 1309541412 Vocab Improv
drpl_theatre
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."

13,890 1308594171 Duck, Duck, ?
At least 20
No maximum

To interact while working as an ensemble by producing a 3 minute commercial.

5,261 1279294986 TV Commercials
At least 5
No more than 20

A musical mingle and guessing game for students as they take on different characters.

6,060 1279031915 Index Card Mingling
At least 5
No maximum

Handholding exercise used to facilitate a solid sense of ensemble.

6,904 1279031204 Circle Squeeze
At least 2
No more than 20

A game designed to create a comfortable environment and a creative improvised outlet for participants to bond.

10,153 1278933043 I Got This Present For You
At least 10
No more than 20

Engage the student actors in a conversation regarding "Status."  What does it mean in life (at school, at home or in the wider community)?  What does it mean on stage (between characters or between actors and the audience).  We discuss how status can effect the body language, the voice, the dialogue...the overall truthful portrayal of a character.

 

 

8,862 1278769586 Status Card Game
At least 5
No more than 10

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

5,854 1278688742 Amy Federowicz and Karen Brennan/ Taxi
Kathleen Woods
At least 10
No maximum

YES! is a deceptively simple yet effective concentration and ensemble building game.  The game can be played with new groups or groups who know each other well.

17,683 1278600939 YES
Shelly McClenny
At least 2
No more than 20

A fun and quick character creation/transformation/improv game.  The kids LOVE it and would play it all through rehearsal if I let them!

7,867 1278497139 New York City Taxi
LSpigel
At least 2
No more than 10

This is an opening for long form improvisation.  It uses audience suggestion and the imagination and physicality of the players.   Actors become inanimate objects as well as people, physically creating a setting as well as characters.

5,604 1278155805 We See
High School, College, Adults
At least 5
No more than 20

So, what do people say when they visit the grave?  Do they water the grave?

5,292 1276638382 Watering The Grave by L. Richardt
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.)

3,478 1276527417 Watch Lori!
Team building
At least 5
No more than 40

"Poison Peepers" is a variation of "Down/Up" and "Scream."  The big difference is that no one is eliminated.  It is a superb low-risk way to encourage vocal production and dramatic gesturing, and it's a lot of fun!

5,838 1276273795 Poison Peepers
College, Adults
At least 10
No maximum

This game can go on for hours as groups begin to trust and enjoy the process of working as an ensemble.  In theory, it is like one large mirror activity, however, coach should encourage movement and vocal involvement in the exercise.  The purpose is not to mirror perfectly, but to move, breath and begin to think as one connected ensemble.  Best for creating a sense of unity and a wonderful physical warm-up.  I learned this one at the National Theatre of Great Britain while attending a post-graduate actor training program.  

5,369 1275040672 Do What You See
At least 2
No more than 5

Students must answer a question, one word at a time!

3,137 1270731017 The All-Knowing Brain
At least 5
No more than 20

This is a fun game used to cultivate teamwork while warming up physically and vocally.

4,755 1269849444 Paper Ball
At least 5
No more than 40

Students establish a instant spirit of ensemble by clapping in unison with the person to their left or right depending on the directing of the clapping wave. 

2,606 1268149834 Unison Clap
At least 2
No more than 2

This exercise allows students to create the characters, settings, and plots for their own improvisations. Depending on the age group, it is interesting to see how, inventive, humorous even silly, and/or dramatic the scenes can be.

2,953 1268134229 Student Prompted Improvisation
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.

1,816 1266171597 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"!

1,604 1266170199 Name Volleyball
Team building
At least 5
No more than 20

To be the last student left to survive the “SUBJECT CHALLENGE”

2,199 1247226407 Name the Subject!
Icebreakers, Team building
Elementary School
At least 5
No more than 2

To build team work and solidify concepts for any subject given in prompts for this "quest".

1,696 1246533220 Quests
At least 2
No maximum

To mold students into shapes and have them use their creativity to name their creations.

1,995 1246532891 Sculpting Lumps of Clay
Improv, Team building, Warm ups
At least 5
No maximum

To complete a scene in three minutes using the standard 3 point storyline.

1,594 1246532687 Who-What-Where
At least 5
No more than 40

A trial of memory and improvization, this game allows for creativity and on the spot contribution to complete the alphabet.

 

 

2,221 1246290673 The Alphabet Game
At least 2
No more than 20

A variation on the Meisner repetition exercise that allows for scene and character development.

3,773 1246290369 Meisner Repetition Exercise
At least 5
No more than 20

To develop improvisational skills, use creative imagination, analyze behavior and activities of others, and make appropriate dialogue choices by exchanging presents.

1,502 1246289419 Presents
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.

2,115 1246288930 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.

2,223 1246287884 60 Second Fairy Tales
At least 10
No more than 20

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

3,259 1246287200 Bang!
Middle School
At least 10
No more than 20

Teaches improvisation, pantomime, and clear communication. It also works as an introduction to a skill of giving constructive criticism.

2,785 1246284906 Three Words
At least 5
No more than 20

A great warm up, to learn names of fellow cast members/classmates or to help build cooperation and teamwork.

3,141 1246283447 Group Juggle