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Game Ideas

  • 1.  Game Ideas

    Posted 06-04-2014 17:53
    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Open Forum and Student to Student .
    Hello everyone! This is my first time attempting to post a discussion. I am looking for a few ideas of games that my troupe can play to initiate a bonding experience! We usually play Improv ones but the ones we have are feeling a tad overdone. This year my fellow troupe board officers and myself would like to bring in some new ones to play and allow us to bond and grow as a troupe! Any ideas or suggestions?

    Alexandria Bagwell
    Troupe 5368 Secretary

  • 2.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-04-2014 19:33
    What kinds of games/teambuilders are you already using? 

    Amy Learn
    Ballwin MO

  • 3.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-04-2014 23:44
    Welcome to the world of ensemble experiences. I have numerous ensemble building experiences for officers, club members, parent play night-to begin a meeting; to end a meeting; to have them experience all of the 21st century skills, to work on officer and troupe trust (which do not include falling or jumping)plus more.
    Let me know exactly your goal, time frame, approximately how many students, details. I can send you periodic updates. 
    What fun.

    Gai Jones
    Ojai CA

  • 4.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-05-2014 09:32

    Wow!  I know that I would love to have all of the those lists!   I think I'm in the same boat that after doing the same games and exercises for years, I'm ready for a few new ones.  Maybe you could do a blog post or something with your ideas.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who would be interested!  Personally, I'd currently be particularly interested in your ensemble experiences for new officers, Officer/group trust exercises, and exercises to begin and end meetings.  

    Thank you!

    Amy Bussey
    Stuarts Draft VA

  • 5.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-06-2014 07:53
    What a fun topic. If any of you have ideas you can upload to the community library I'm certain many of your peers will be very appreciated. 

    And don't forget that there are many other ways to build the bond with your students and troupe members. Do a safety skit at the elementary school before Halloween, participate in some type of community service project, find a "sister" school and "adopt" them to share ideas and support, etc. The theatre world is surely a wonderful family. Any experience we share helps strengthen that.

    Keep posting. Your ideas all help us when others contact the national office for suggestions. Thanks in advance.

    David LaFleche
    Director Of Membership
    Educational Theatre Association
    Cincinnati OH

  • 6.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-07-2014 14:25
    Having attended workshops led by Gai at EdTA conferences, I can attest that she is an excellent resource.

    If you want an immediately accessible resource, I rely most heavily on Viola Spolin's Theatre Game file (now available on higher-tech CD-ROM, though I still like the cards-in-hand for those I haven't already memorized) based on her landmark Improvisation for the Theatre.

    Jeff Westbrook
    Downers Grove IL

  • 7.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 06-10-2014 12:36
    An absolutely wonderful resource (and it's nearly pocket-sized, to boot) is Jessica Swale's 'Drama Games for Classrooms and Workshops.' Swale has worked under Max Stafford Clark (Out of Joint in England, as well as the National Theatre in London) as well as being an accomplished theatre director herself. The book does have some 'proper English' reference points, but 99% of the material translates very well. I found this very accessible, useful, practical, and super-quick to implement. I sometimes found the Spolin stuff to take a while to get my head around, though very useful as well. 'Drama Games' is arranged by need (so sections like 'Warm-up,' 'Energy,' 'Focus,' 'Character,' etc., oh, and yes, 'Trust'), and out of all the games we've played out of it (well over half of the book) we have not yet had a clanger. Highly, highly recommended! ------------------------------------------- Phillip Goodchild Valrico FL -------------------------------------------

  • 8.  RE: Game Ideas

    Posted 21 days ago
    I think that Death Stranding is a game about bonding. You need to check it out. Maybe you will get some ideas out of it.

    Mark Ultra