Theatresports™ Games

As most drama educators know, Theatresports™ games are a hell of a lot of fun in the classroom. Perhaps the best thing about them is that they can literally be used with any age group. Theatresports™ games appeal to primary/elementary students who love simple examples of them so much they are clinging off you as you instruct how to play them(!). High school students find them fun, challenging and rewarding and they can be great to use with adults as well.

There are hundreds of Theatresports™ games for use in your Drama or Theatre class. They are most valuable to acquire these essential skills for any student actor:

  • quick thinking
  • using the imagination
  • role play
  • improvisation
  • voice use
  • physicality with characters
  • movement

But be warned! We are all human and nearly all of us have played Theatresports™ on occasions to fill left over time in a Drama class or for fun at the end of school term. But Theatresports™ are best played with purpose. The games fall into many categories and are best used in conjunction with a relevant activity that extends upon the game. For example, a movement-based Theatreposrts™ game may be played to introduce a new topic on movement in Drama. The same could be done for voice. Theatresports™ games that are carefully chosen by the teacher (or student) with reason, have the most effect on the students’ learning in Drama.

The good news is, several wonderful Theatresports™ sites exist on the web. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Improv Encyclopedia is an awesome site. You will find over 500 Theatreports™ games here! They are all neatly categorised into sections, some formal games, others warm-ups and exercises. All of them well explained. If that’s not all, there’s also a glossary of improv terms and a resource list of improv books and other websites. Just in case you wanted the steak knives as well….the whole thing is downloadable to your desktop (and more importantly your printer….and then your Drama classroom) in a 166-page pdf file. These guys deserve a medal!
  • The Living Playbook comes from Unexpected Productions in Seattle and has nearly 350 Theatresports™ games and related exercises, including an improv glossary as well.
  • Sheer Idiocy (archived) has over 100 Theatresports™ games and about 60 exercises.

For more Theatreports™-related material on the web, check out my Theatreports™ links page at my other website Justin’s Theatre Links.

What’s your favourite Theatreports™ game? Have you had any memorable moments playing Theatreports™? It would be great to hear a few comments about people’s Theatresports™ stories. I’m sure there’s a few hilarious experiences out there!

19 Responses

  1. elle cox says:

    Hi Justin, wish you were sydney based! hosting a theatre sports birthday party- do you know anyone in sydney who i could hire to run the games? Thank! Elle

  2. Peta Burchell says:

    sadly the link to “sheer idiocy” goes to a japanese banking site…?????

  3. Sean says:

    I think joining a theatresports team is a great extra-curricular idea for young people to meet others with similar interests, skill develop and have fun. I use some theatresports/games in context when linked to other learning (games in context) but I would be concerned if anyone was teaching “Theatresports” as a whole term unit or topic to any age level. Great for teaching the skills of performance – linked to dramatic elements and/or conventions of a particular style – they can be useful – but they are tools rather than a “topic” or “unit” in its own right.

  4. Person says:

    I love bus stop!

  5. Drama Queen says:

    How can i change ma face??????

  6. Drama Queen says:

    Rarararar… i ama lion, or should it be a tiger

  7. Drama Queen says:

    Hey, i <3 Drama……………. I am studying theatre sports at school…. is 'Time Warp' one…..reply if u like this game toooo

  8. Snuggles says:

    I have to find a drama game for school any ideas?

  9. Ray Pearson says:

    I am looking for a Theatre Sport group to visit my school in Greenacre Sydney. I cant find anything online. Can you help me?
    Regards Ray Pearson

    • Justin Cash says:

      Ray, have you tried contacting Impro Australia? They are NSW-based and have various schools programs. If you don’t have luck there, contact your state drama teachers’ association Drama NSW. They should be able to put you in touch with the right company for a school Theatresports visit.

  10. Emily Bieber says:

    In drama we are studing theatre sports and its awsome!!!!!! We have an assesment comming up soon so it should be cool!

  11. Jasmine Noud says:

    I am studying theatresports @ school right now, and personally love death in a minute!

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