Dan Weinstein Presents “Improvisational Acting as Preparation for Reading”

Posted on 3/27/2013 2:27:40 PM

Dan Weinstein, Department of English, presented his paper “Improvisational Acting as Preparation for Reading” at the Conference for College Composition and Communication held in Las Vegas on March 15.


Teachers in search of ways to help students get ready to write authentically and critically in response to challenging texts can find a novel approach in the practices of “The Harold”, a long form improvisational performance developed by Del Close and others associated with the Improv Olympic Theater in Chicago.

This presentation describes how the stages of “The Harold,” based on Wagner’s Ring Cycle, may be enacted in classrooms as a set of generative activities to help students to engage, playfully yet meaningfully, with complex source materials.