SCWR 470 Improvisation for Comedic Storytellers

Dionna Griffin

Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 22903
Section number: 501
Tu 1:30PM - 4:45PM
SCITY 00202 Off Campus

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This course lays the foundation for successful improvisation in the current Chicago style, starting with the formation of the ensemble and exploring various elements of the creative process. Students experience what it means to be part of the greater whole, create freely without self-judgement, and develop tools of play that will make them better communicators and storytellers.

A final presentation is conducted at the end of the course along with a critical analysis of a Second City performance. 

Up to three Second City performances will be attended. 


There are no textbooks required for this course. Handouts will be distributed in class. 


Please see the attached syllabus. 

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Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
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