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Using Long-Form Improvisational Theatre Training and Techniques to Build Stronger Group Connection and Empower Egalitarian Leadership

Janes, Thomas Fleming (2018) Using Long-Form Improvisational Theatre Training and Techniques to Build Stronger Group Connection and Empower Egalitarian Leadership. Master of Arts by Research (MARes) thesis, University of Kent,.


Through my work in both ensemble theatre (play making and producing) and improvisation, I have experienced moments where the group syncs in such a way that each person seems to connect to a greater whole. In improvisation, the term Group Mind is used to describe this moment. In these moments, there is a strong communion between the players and leadership shifts between them in such a way that the group seems to become completely egalitarian: a leaderless ensemble. This research project observes and analyzes techniques of long-form improvisation to promote shared leadership so the group may work together faster, more efficiently, and lead to strong group creativity. In long-form improvisation, leaderless groups are quite common. Decisions in the group about direction, rehearsal times, production dates and the like are decided by consensus, without a designated leader; however, the process of improvising provides a platform for which egalitarianism can flourish. In the creation of long-form improvisation scenes the group works to build scenes by shifting leadership between the players. There is no designated leader in the process of building a long-form improv scene. This research project sets up a series of workshops in long-form improvisation with two separate working groups. Through the practice and experimentation of long-form improvisation techniques, this project shows that it is possible to create a platform with which ensembles may be able to build stronger group connections and form a leaderless ensemble. Through connections made in long-form improvisation, the group began to work as leaderless ensemble. Hopefully,Perhaps the findings of this project may be used by other groups to achieve strong group connection and create a shared leadership (egalitarian) ensemble.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Arts by Research (MARes))
Thesis advisor: Trimingham, Melissa
Thesis advisor: Quirk, Sophie
Uncontrolled keywords: Theatre, Improvisation, Devising, Ensemble, Group Dynamics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:40 UTC
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