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A Guide to Keith Johnstone's Gorilla Theatre169
This guide is for all those wishing to train in and produce Gorilla Theatre(TM). It is a fantastic format to experience Impro Keith Johnstone style and receive all of the personal and group benefits that go along with it. Gorilla Theatre(TM) player/directors develop in storytelling, spontaneity, joyful failure, confidence, teamwork, directing, clowning and so much more.
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In the late 1950's Keith Johnstone was experimenting with Theatresports(TM) in London England. It was first produced in Calgary, Canada in 1977, from there spread around the world and is now played in over 90 countries.
Gorilla Theatre(TM) had its debut in 1992 and is also becoming popular worldwide.
The International Theatresports(TM) Institute was created by Keith to entrust and manage his Impro formats.
The ITI grants performance rights to groups wishing to train on and perform the Keith Johnstone formats of Theatresports(TM), Maestro Impro(TM) and Gorilla Theatre(TM). Money from royalties goes to member benefits, building the Impro community and managing the trademark and legacy. Keith himself has never taken any profit from the licensing of Theatresports(TM).
ITI members have select access to the Gorilla Theatre(TM) Guide but it is also available for purchase to anyone.
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KEITH JOHNSTONE is one of the few internationally recognized authorities in
the field of improvisation, great chunks of which he created, including Theatresports, Maestro Impro (or Micetro Impro), Gorilla Theatre, and The Life Game. Keith has written two best selling books about his Theatre and Improvisation theories and practices, in addition to several plays and short stories.
His books Impro, and Impro For Storytellers, have been translated into many languages. His plays are produced world wide.
Keith's ideas about improvisation, behaviour and performance appeal to a wide variety of groups. From Actors to Psychotherapists, Improvisation companies to Theatre Schools and Companies, Business and Management training specialists and Humanities Research Institutes, Universities and Film Production Companies have invited him to come to teach them about his ideas, and how they might apply them.
He founded the Theatre Machine Improvisation group in England in the 1960's, touring Europe and North America , was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary, Canada in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. He founded The International Theatresports Institute in 1998. Patti Stiles is an actor, director, playwright, teacher and improvisation artist living in Australia.
She received her training at Calgary, Alberta's world-renowned Loose Moose Theatre under Keith Johnstone. It was there she worked intensively with Keith Johnstone in many forms of improvisation. She performed regularly in Theatresports, Gorilla Theatre and Life Game as well as performing in Keith's plays, directing and performing in the Theatre For Kids program and touring productions.
Stiles moved to Toronto Canada and was the Artistic Director of Dream Kitchen Theatre, which produced Theatresports. From there she moved to Edmonton Alberta and was Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre from 1991 - 1996. Young performers in the company at this time include Mark Meer, Jacob Banigan, Josh Dean, Nathan Fillion whom she helped to train. Along with her AD duties Patti was very involved with other theatre endeavours. She directed David Belke's production of The Maltese Bodkin which featured Nathan Fillion (in one of his first theatrical roles) and received an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Fringe Production. In Edmonton Patti wrote her first play for Theatre For Young Audiences called If Whales Could Tell Tales, which was commissioned by the Provincial Museum. She was heavily involved in the Edmonton Fringe Festival as actor, director or productions as well as their opening / closing ceremonies and also the Edmonton Street Performers Festival as a roving character artist, director of Women In Comedy or performer in Late Night Madness. Patti also had the honour of being a founding member of Die-Nasty: The Live Improvised Soap Opera (nominated for several Canadian Comedy Awards and winner of the 2006 award for Best Improv Troupe) and holds the ...
About this guide
About Keith Johnstone
About The ITI
Before playing Gorilla Theatre™
Gorilla Theatre™ Background
What is Gorilla Theatre™?
The Beginning of Gorilla Theatre™
What Gorilla Theatre™ can achieve
Mischief and Misbehaviour
Creative aims of Gorilla Theatre™
What you need for basic Gorilla
Starting the show
Gorilla Theatre™ in More Detail
Themes / vision
Fighting for your scene
Taking the stage as Director
Variety & shape of show
Art of Storytelling / Terminology
Enforce a Positive Attitude
Remove Defensive Blocking
Explore Latent Material
Suggest corrective games
How to Move Scenes Forward by Directing / side coaching
Suggestions on how to end scenes
Rationing the directing time
Playing the Gorilla
Performing with the Gorilla
Preparing the Costume
Not Using a Gorilla
The Emcee / Commentator
A list of useful Forfeits
Attention to detail
Tips on Training Gorilla Directors
Tips on Directing
Add Theatricality and Spectacle to the Show
Tips From Groups Playing Gorilla
Memorable Gorilla Moments
Keith Johnstone’s Books
Keith Johnstone’s Newsletters