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    An introduction to the principles and methods of improvisation through the practical exploration of spontaneity, teamwork, narrative and status.

    This paper is both informative and very enjoyable. It will help you to develop the foundational skills of improvisation, including listening and responding, teamwork, expressiveness and non-verbal communication. Improvisation is a core paper for a degree in Theatre Studies, but is also useful for any degree because it helps you to communicate more effectively in a range of contexts.

    About this paper

    Paper title Improvisation
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Hilary Halba

    Paper Structure

    One 2-hour practical performance workshop each week, one 50-minute lecture for 7 weeks, and one 50-minute tutorial each week.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Readings for this paper will be drawn from a variety of textbooks. Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to:

    • Identify the core principles of effective improvisation
    • Perform improvisations using these core principles
    • Analyse an improvised performance verbally and in written form


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15, 17-19


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
    A3 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 11-12, 15, 18-20
    A2 Friday 10:00-10:50 11-12, 15, 17-20
    A3 Friday 11:00-11:50 11-12, 15, 17-20
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