Personal Experience Aiding the Actor's Development of Theatrical Character
Through personal experience, reading and research an insight can be gleaned into how improvisation can play such an important role in aiding the Actor's development of theatrical character. To fully comprehend how liberating improvisation can be as a doorway to one's creative self, one has to experience and understand the process.
The Actor's tools begin with him or herself. The key to accessing this inspired part of a self is through the process of playing games. It is through games that a person of any age can act, evolve, developing …show more content…
Keith Johnstone believes that a negative experience with a teacher as a child can turn an imaginative person into an unimaginative person very quickly, leaving that person with little or no belief in them self. At school any spontaneous act was likely to get me into trouble. I learned never to act on impulse, and that whatever came into my mind first should be rejected in favour of better ideas. I learned that my imagination wasn't "good" enough. I learned that the first idea was unsatisfactory because it was (1) psychotic; (2) obscene; (3) unoriginal. Games help strip a person of these fears about performing, being creative and provide a focus so one can forget about approval or disapproval. In games there are no 'good' and 'bad' when people are being encouraged to be themselves. The disciplines of the games played and exercises experienced in a workshop environment are set up to encourage fair play and a non-threatening group atmosphere in which the actor can feel the freedom to create. Possible 'threatening' situations, where one could feel exposed and vulnerable are tackled with an entire group, so no one person should feel susceptible or at risk from