Improvisation at the Speed of Life

The Tj and Dave Book

Improvisation at the Speed of Life

"Jagodowski and Pasquesi, award-winning master improvisers from Chicago's legendary comedy scene, are internationally known for their acclaimed, two-man longform show, TJ & Dave. [This is] their authoritative and entertaining look at techniques, principles, theory, and ideas behind their approach"--Cover.

Improv Yourself

Business Spontaneity at the Speed of Thought

Improv Yourself


Free Play

Improvisation in Life and Art

Free Play

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

Innovation at the Speed of Laughter

8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation

Innovation at the Speed of Laughter

ItÆs no secret that new ideas fuel profitability. Even when companies hire top talent and teach best skills, few are able to affect the bottom line unless their employees can generate and execute new concepts. It sounds like a simple principle but finding new ideas can become a companyÆs greatest challenge. What if we were to tell you that a little comedy theatre in Minneapolis has created an incredibly effective ideation process to help businesses generate more and better ideas? In fact, the owner and executive producer of that little theatre has used this breakthrough process to help companies like 3M, Altria, Medtronic, Best Buy, Disney and hundreds of others achieve greater innovation. Now, JohnÆs sharing that process in his new book, Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation. Borne from the formula used for more than forty years to help write outlandish satirical comedy, JohnÆs book describes 8 principles that guide companies, leaders, and individuals to generate more and better ideas. Using client case studies, individual testimonials, and a lighthearted writing style, this book is especially appealing to business leaders, team builders, and companies seeking to find the ônext big idea.ö

Critical Writings

New Edition

Critical Writings

The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of "cultural necrophiliacs" and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that "there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece." In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As Günter Berghaus writes in his introduction, "Futurism sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life." This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti's most important writings—many of them translated into English for the first time—offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Critical essays and notes on the novel and its author accompany the story of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a desert island

Life with the Esquimaux

The Narrative of Captain Charles Francis Hall of the Whaling Barque George Henry from the 29th May, 1860, to the 13th September, 1862

Life with the Esquimaux

First published in 1864, this two-volume work describes the American explorer Charles Francis Hall's first Arctic expedition.

Improvisation Hypermedia and the Arts since 1945

Improvisation Hypermedia and the Arts since 1945

First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

On Training and Performance

Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress

On Training and Performance

"Outstanding ... a technical manual (for actors and directors), an historical document of importance, and a volume that is a delight to read." Ian Watson, Rutgers "An extremely valuable personal account of Roberta Carreri’s process as an actor." Alison Hodge, Artistic Director, The Quick and the Dead "An excellent book with a unique voice." Ben Spatz, University of Huddersfield Roberta Carreri is one of acclaimed theatre company Odin Teatret's longest-serving actors, and the last to be trained by Eugenio Barba himself. In this book, she relives the milestones of her professional journey, including: her first experiences of street theatre the discovery of Asian performance traditions pedagogical activities and character creation encounters with artists and spectators the inception of her solo performances, Judith and Salt Interwoven with rich photographic documentation and a wealth of biographical information, this inspiring handbook reveals the professional secrets of an Odin Teatret actor as well as the story of a life of work, research, and passion.

Janacek: Years of a Life Volume 2 (1914-1928)

Tsar of the Forests

Janacek: Years of a Life Volume 2 (1914-1928)

Volume 2 opens at the the outbreak of the First World War and at the time of Janácek's lowest ebb. Within two years, however, his fortunes were transformed by the Prague production of Jenufa This led to international fame and fortune and to the magnificent creative flowering in which the elderly composer wrote most of his best-known works. His personal life was affected by his public affair with Gabriela Horvátová and his friendship with Kamila Stösslová, whom he saw as the inspiration for many of his late works.