Theatresports and Drama Games

Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre, which uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. Opposing teams can perform scenes based on audience suggestions, with ratings by the audience or by a panel of judges. Developed by director Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta, in 1977, the concept of Theatresports originated in Johnstone’s observations of techniques used in professional wrestling to generate heat, or audience reaction.

Arts 4 All Article titled ‘Improv – The Invisible Part of the Play’ by John Koprowski.

Brigham Young University Webpage with about 20 games.

Creative Drama Resource Site About 16 games.

Drama Resource Drama games and techniques for education on David Farmer’s excellent resource website.

Friday Night Improvs Website detailing about a dozen of the most popular Theatresports™ games.

Fuzzy’s Games List Webpage with about 100 Theatresports™ games.

Idiotica Website with over 100 theatresports games listed alphabetically, plus another 60 exercises.

Improv Land Website that keeps abreast of the news in the land of improv, with message boards, articles and links.

International Theatresports™ Institute Website of the official worldwide licensor of Keith Johnstone’s shows.

Learn Improv Great site with about 200 categorised Theatresports™ games.

The Far Games Useful collection of drama games divided into category (warm-up, warm-up verbal etc.).

The Improv Encyclopedia Excellent resource with nearly 500 Theatresports™ games! Download the pdf file of all the games, neatly listed under 27 categories, then alphabetically with instructions. Thank you very much!

The Improv Encyclopedia Brief biography of the creator of Theatresports™ (the man who owns the trademark to the name)…..Keith Johnstone.

The Improv Encyclopedia Explanation of Theatresports™ rules.

The Improv Encyclopedia Glossary of Improv terms.

The Living Playbook This fantastic Theatresports™ site from Unexpected Productions in Seattle has nearly 350 Theatresports™ games and exercises. It’s a must see!

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