‘Viewpoints’ improvisation technique in the Drama Classroom

12:15 - 13:00

This introductory workshop will teach delegates how to use ‘Viewpoints’ improvisation techniques to create performance with secondary students.

By the end of this session, delegates will be able:

  • To understand the system of physical Viewpoints, and the history of their development by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau
  • To facilitate a Viewpoints activity
  • To evaluate ways in which Viewpoints can be applied to learning objectives in the classroom
  • To create a performance with Viewpoints techniques.

The Viewpoints system, as developed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, is a powerful improvisational tool that can be of great value to drama teachers and directors of young actors. The system is a series of improvisation activities that help performers understand the relationship between time and space, and how their bodies function within it. Viewpoints is excellent for devising work and can be used to generate physical and vocal content for performance quickly.

This 45-minute practical drama workshop will introduce participants to the Viewpoints system, then engage them in a series of practical solo and group exercises to explore how the Viewpoints technique can be used to great effect in both the drama classroom and the directing studio. Participants will work collaboratively to explore ways in which the Viewpoints technique can be applied directly to learning objectives in the drama classroom or extra-curricular learning spaces. Toward the end of the session, participants will work together to create sintesi, or one-minute performances, based on the Viewpoints technique. Finally, all participants will receive a handout detailing the activities in the workshop and a list of suggested additional reading about the Viewpoints technique.

Suitable for Key Stages 4 & 5.

Erika Hughes, Academic Lead for Performance, University of Portsmouth