Applied improvisation

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Applied improvisation is the application of improvisational theatrical methods in various non-theatrical fields, including consulting, training, and teaching.


Applied improvisation began in the late 1990s with the performative turn in social science.[1] The increased focus on performance and improvisation led to the application of improvisational methods in non-theatrical fields.[2] In 2002, the Applied Improvisation Network was founded, a non-profit organization of people committed to using applied improvisation.[3]

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Uses of applied improvisation

Applied improvisation sees use in consulting and corporate training, particularly in the areas of sales and leadership.[4][5] Applied improvisation is also often used in design thinking, service design, and UX design.[6][7][8]

In addition to the business world, applied improvisation sees use in disaster readiness training, drama therapy, medicine, and education.[9][10][11][12]

Further reading[edit]

  • Landgraf, Edgar. 2014. Improvisation as Art: Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781441146946
  • Sawyer, Keith. 2011. Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521746328


  1. ^ Haseman, Brad (2006-02-01). "A Manifesto for Performative Research". Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy. 118 (1): 98–106. doi:10.1177/1329878X0611800113.
  2. ^ The Routledge companion to research in the arts. Biggs, Michael (Michael A. R.),, Karlsson, Henrik. London. 2012. ISBN 9780415697941. OCLC 751832557.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "History of AIN". Applied Improvisation Network. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  4. ^ Sirkin, David; Ju, Wendy (2015). "Embodied Design Improvisation: A Method to Make Tacit Design Knowledge Explicit and Usable". Design Thinking Research. Understanding Innovation. Springer, Cham. pp. 195–209. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-06823-7_11. ISBN 978-3-319-06822-0.
  5. ^ van Bilsen, Gijs (2013). Yes and ... your business : the added value of improvisation in organisations. ISBN 9789081950602. OCLC 856568528.
  6. ^ "Why Improv Training Is Great Business Training". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  7. ^ "The Politics and Theatre of Service Design (PDF Download Available)". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  8. ^ "The Creative Impact of Improvisation". 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  9. ^ Tint, Barbara S.; McWaters, Viv; van Driel, Raymond (2015-04-07). "Applied improvisation training for disaster readiness and response". Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 5 (1): 73–94. doi:10.1108/JHLSCM-12-2013-0043. ISSN 2042-6747.
  10. ^ "Improvisation: Yes and Psychotherapy! | Adler Graduate School". Retrieved 2017-08-12.
  11. ^ Rossing, Jonathan P.; Hoffmann-Longtin, Krista (2016-06-01). "Improv(ing) the Academy: Applied Improvisation as a Strategy for Educational Development". To Improve the Academy. 35 (2): 303–325. doi:10.1002/tia2.20044. hdl:2027/spo.17063888.0035.206. ISSN 2334-4822.
  12. ^ "Whose Classroom Is It, Anyway? Improvisation as a Teaching Tool (PDF Download Available)". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-08-12.

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