Improv Acting Camp (3 of 5)

Lesson Title: Improv Acting Camp (3 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 (3 of 5)


  • Students will apply their understanding of showing in improv by participating in theater games and reflecting on their experience.
  • Students will use props and set pieces to guide scenes and stories.


This lesson will allow students to use props to help tell a story, build relationships, communicating time/place, and create conflict in improvisational scenes.


  1. Review Class Objectives
  2. Physical Warm-up
  3. What is a prop?
    1. You move with it
    2. Any object held, manipulated or carried by a performer
  4. Different ways to use a prop
    1. Look for Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes for where it can be used
    2. Think about what it could be
    3. How many different ways game
  5. Props can convey emotion
    1. Movement with Props Activity
  6. Props create details
    1. Infomercial Game
  7. Props create story elements
    1. Prop Mad Libs
  8. Props spark creativity
    1. Props (The Game)
  9. Debrief

Demonstratives & Media

Classroom Space
Curation Museum
Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects

Suggested Ancillary Support

Emotions Ideas:
Love Anger Hurt Sadness Tired Madness Misery Excited Strong  
Possible Props:
Teddy bear Cane Walker Hat Boa Book Tray Cup Phone Camera Purse Umbrella


Funniest Props -
Infomercial -