Keith Johnstone : a critical biography / Theresa Robbins Dudeck.

Dudeck, Theresa [Browse]
  • London, England : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2020.
  • London, England : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020
1 online resource (ix, 217 pages) : illustrations.


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Keith Johnstone entered the Royal Court Theatre as a new playwright in 1956: a decade later he emerged as a groundbreaking director and teacher of improvisation. His decisive book Impro (1979), described Johnstone's unique system of training: weaving together theories and techniques to encourage spontaneous, collaborative creation using the intuition and imagination of the actors. Johnstone has since become world-renowned, inspiring theatre greats and beginners alike; and his work continues to influence practice within and beyond the traditional theatre. Theresa Robbins Dudeck is the first author to rigorously examine Johnstone's life and career using a combination of archival documents - many from Johnstone's personal collection - participant observation, and interviews with Johnstone, his colleagues and former students. [This] is a fascinating journey through the physical spaces that have served as Johnstone's transformative classrooms, and into the conceptual spaces which inform his radical pedagogy and approach to artistic work.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-207) and index.
  • Introducing Keith Johnstone and his Impro System
  • The formative years
  • All the world is a classroom
  • The master teacher in the university classroom
  • From classroom to world stage: The Loose Moose Theatre Company
  • What now? What comes next? What classrooms still remain?
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Also published in print.
  • 10.5040/9781408184912
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