Improvisation 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202EIZ1 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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During the first half of each session, the students practice exercises in short-form and long-form improvisation on stage and as storytellers.

In the second half of the session, the mediator facilitates a group discussion on topics offered by the students. The students are encouraged to bring their own topics and use the advantage of the group to get new points of view or advice.

Learning outcomes

The course is comprised of two parts - improvisation and mediation.

The students learn principles of theatre improvisation through individual and group exercises, developing the following skills:

The mediation part of the seminar focuses on the current personal, intercultural, university-related, and other topics of the students living in a foreign country, a different society, and a new university. The aim is to discuss and tackle their issues in an open, safe group. Sharing brings the experience and points of view and tips for coping of the others, and if needed, the mediator can convey the student´s questions, recommendations or needs to other teachers.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Creativity, open-mindedness, the ability to reflect on one´s own learning progress.


Arnett, Bill. The Complete Improviser: Concepts, Techniques, and Exercises for Long Form Improvisation. BookBaby, 2017.

Halpern, Charna. Art by committee: A guide to advanced improvisation. Meriwether Pub, 2006.

Halpern, Charna, Del Close, and Kim Johnson. Truth in comedy: The manual of improvisation. Meriwether Pub, 1994.

Jagodowski, T. J., David Pasquesi, and Pamela Victor. Improvisation at the speed of life: The TJ & Dave book. Solo Roma Incorporated, 2015.

Johnstone, Keith. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre. London: Methuen Publishing Ltd., 1981.

Johnstone, Keith. Impro for storytellers. Routledge, 2014.

Napier, Mick. Improvise: Scene from the inside out. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004.

Trew, Chris, and Tami Nelson. Improv Wins., 2013.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on one's active participation in both parts of the session.


This course may be studied in English.

Further information

Course may be repeated

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

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Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

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