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Psycho Director: Improv Games From On Stage to Online

With the new era of online improv theatre, it can be tricky translating improv games for the video streaming forum. In this series, learn how to play popular improv games in their original form and how to adapt them for online improv performances and rehearsals.



GAME: Psycho Director


Set up: 1 Director off to the side (or in the audience). 2 - 3 Players starting the scene. 1 Host to the side.


How to Play: The host will introduce the game and get a suggestion from the audience to start the scene (could be a made-up movie title, location, tv genre, etc.) The Players on stage begin acting out the scene, and at anytime the Director can interrupt by calling "Cut!" and demanding to see some element played differently. Anything is up for grabs for the director: how a line is delivered, how a player moves, recasting roles, different accents, different genre, watching the whole scene in reverse! The scene picks back up (with the new rules in place) when the Director calls, "Action!" Game ends when the Director calls, "It's a hit!"


Advanced: If you have an enthusiastic audience, make one of the audience members the director. You can pair a player or the host with the audience member to help guide them in calling, "Cut!" "Action!" and "It's A Hit!" but the rest is up to them.


Play it Online: This one easily adapts to online improv rehearsals and performances. All players will be on screen, and the director will be on screen watching. Regular play rules then follow.


Depending upon your online video forum, the advanced option may not be possible unless audience members can be on screen with you, or can utilize chat to type in their directions.

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