Improv Acting Camp (2 of 5)

Lesson Title: Improv Acting Camp (2 of 5)
Academic Standards: CONTENT STANDARD 2: Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions.
Content Creator: Mr. Michael Dzbenski
Level: High School
Duration: 25-35 min
  /  Improv Acting Camp (2 of 5)


  • Students will apply their understanding of showing an improv by participating in theater games and reflecting on their experience.

  • Students will communicate without words using pantomime to express scene details.


This lesson will allow students to focus on “showing” (not telling) through the use of pantomime, actions, and physical acting.


  1. Review Class Objectives
  2. Physical Warm-up
  3.  What "shows" in VR theater
  4. Murder Case Game
    1. A Place
    2. Occupation of the victim
    3. Murder Weapon
    4. The eye-witness is mute
  5. Discussion
    1. Communicating without words
    2. What makes it difficult?
    3. What could you do to communicate more clearly?
    4. How does it relate to improv?
    5. Why is it more important to show, not tell?
  6. What's in the Box Game?
    1. It's just what I always wanted!
    2. Discussion
      1. What were the gifts?
      2. What was difficult?
      3. How could you make your object clearer?
  7. Pantomime scene with others (Exercise)
    1. Who are you?
    2. What are you doing?
    3. Where are you?
  8. Party Quirks Game
    1. Host and 3 guests
    2. Guests are given a quirk
    3. When identified...they leave the party
  9. Debrief

Demonstratives & Media

Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

Quirks List

  1. ·       Pop Singer just released from having his appendix removed.
  2. ·       Window washer that is afraid of heights
  3. ·       Celebrity who takes any moment to practice their Oscar speech
  4. ·       A clown that just got fired from the circus
  5. ·       Star wars geek with no social skills
  6. ·      Someone trying to warn everyone the world is ending
  7. ·       Basketball star trying to apply for a job at McDonalds
  8. ·       Uptight English teacher obsessed with correcting everyone’s grammar, even if it isn’t wrong
  9. ·       Over protective mother ready to break up the party if there is any funny business
  10. ·       Girl at prom who realizes her date left with another girl


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