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SYMPOSIUM 2017 Call for Proposals

Friday, October 21, 2016   (1 Comments)
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The Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) has recently been launched to activate an international exploration about the art and impact of improvisation in depth and collectively, appreciating the rich history and diversity within our field in order to best serve the infinite possibilities of our future.

The Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium 2017 seeks to be an international gathering of theorists, scholars, practitioners, educators, activists, and players to promote the evolution and advancement of improvisation for future generations. With a focus on scholarship, pedagogy, and process, this unique exploration of theatre improvisation will launch collaboratively from Chapman University and the University of California, Irvine, in Southern California.

This inaugural GII Symposium will run concurrently with the 2017 Coup de Comedy Festival, a celebration of improvisation and comedy featuring free performances, workshops, and panels.

Friday, May 12—Saturday, May 13, 2017
(With numerous additional Coup de Comedy Festival events running May 10-13)

Call for Proposals: We are seeking proposals for panel discussions, presentations, papers, roundtables, working sessions, performances, and workshops that bring presenters (theorists, scholars, practitioners, educators, activists, and players) and participants together to engage with current and emerging questions in the field of improvisation.

Possible investigations/topics/questions might include (but are not limited to):

  • Where have we been historically? Where are we now? What comes next?
  • The place of improvisation in professional theatre and actor training programs.
  • How can we teach, perform, and write about improvisation in a way that deepens our collective knowledge and honors the complexity, diversity, and significance of improvisation?
  • How do we promote the evolution of improvisation and cross-pollination of ideas without diminishing or erasing historical and theoretical foundations?
  • Improvisation in organizational development and as essential to today’s innovation and relationship economy.
  • Challenges we face with the proliferation and commercialization of improvisational practice.
  • Theatre companies that are built on improvisational processes but are not categorized as improvisational companies.
  • Women in improvisation: what issues do we face?
  • Recognizing/acknowledging/disrupting constructed notions of identity in improvisation training and performance.
  • Diversity (or lack thereof) in improvisation training, performance, and scholarship.
  • Ways in which improvisation is applied to enhance creative thinking and pedagogy in academia.
  • Teaching values and ethics in the improvisation classroom.
  • Connecting theory to practice in the improvisation classroom.

Please email a one-page (150-250 word) proposal in PDF format by Monday, November 14, 2016, to both symposium directors (Theresa R. Dudeck and Joel Veenstra) at


  • Name, job title, academic/company affiliation (if any)
  • Contact information (address, email, phone number)
  • Session title and type of session (panel discussion, presentation, paper, roundtable, working session, performance, or workshop)
  • Your preferred type of space (lecture classroom or multi-purpose space)
  • Time-length (60 or 90 minutes)
  • Ideal maximum number of participants (if proposing a workshop)
  • Short bio of presenter(s)

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Adam Turner says...
Posted Sunday, October 23, 2016

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