Managed Mischief: A Toolkit of Improv-Inspired Games by Mandy KhoshnevisanManaged Mischief: A Toolkit of Improv-Inspired Games by Mandy Khoshnevisan

Managed Mischief: A Toolkit of Improv-Inspired Games

byMandy Khoshnevisan

Paperback | March 6, 2017

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“Managed Mischief” is an improv how-to kit, helping parents and teachers celebrate everyday creativity with the kids in their lives with games inspired by improvisation, which emphasizes making something fun happen—and not just onstage before an audience, but ANYWHERE.

Improv training is not only in demand to train entertainers, but also to help people to shed fear of public speaking and social interaction, to trust their own creative ideas, and even to improve team dynamics in the grownup workplace.

Whether or not you have any prior improv experience, this book will walk you through how to teach and play these self-guided games that boost creativity, confidence, and collaborative thinking. 

You can play these games in the classroom, the car, the playground, or even in a public space. These games don’t need an audience, and you “win” by working together to create something delightful. There are games to challenge different abilities, from verbal to physical to artistic—writing, drawing, painting, dancing, and making music. 

The book is called a “toolkit” because it contains some improv philosophy, guides for teaching and playing the exercises, and plenty of tips for mixing things up on your own. With background knowledge on improv and a fundamental understanding of how games work, there are no limits: you can combine games, string them together, change the rules, or even make up your own games!

Whether you’re shy or a showoff, these games let people of all ages practice vital life skills such as: trying new things, voicing your own ideas, championing others’ ideas, working together to make something, taking turns being in charge, being unafraid to be “weird,” and taking joy in the world all around.

Author Mandy Khoshnevisan has spent 20 years studying and teaching improvisational theater, and also working as a teaching artist for kids ranging from preschool to high school. This book contains the games that she and her students have the most fun playing together. The games are organized according to the skills they help build, and cross-referenced to make it easy to find and revisit favorites.

Author Mandy Khoshnevisan has spent 20 years studying and teaching improvisational theater, and also teaching theater to kids ranging from preschool to high school. She was introduced to improvisation while studying at Stanford University. She stayed in the San Francisco Bay Area after graduation, performing with the Stanford Improviso...
Title:Managed Mischief: A Toolkit of Improv-Inspired GamesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:March 6, 2017Publisher:Roya PublicationsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR                                    V

INTRODUCTION                                                         IX

PART ONE: BACKGROUND

1: USING THIS BOOK                                                 21

PART TWO: MANAGING

2: SKILLS FOR THE FACILITATOR                            33

3: SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING; HELP IT HAPPEN     41

4: ON PLAYING GAMES                                            49

5: SKILLS FOR EVERYONE                                      63

6: A STARTER KIT                                                      69

PART THREE: MISCHIEF

7: GAMES FOR SEEING WHAT’S HAPPENING       79

8: GAMES FOR HELPING IT HAPPEN                    109

9: MAKING OFFERS WITH YOUR VOICE               125

10: GAMES FOR CIRCLES                                      133

11: BALL GAMES                                                      149

12: MAKING OFFERS WITH YOUR PHYSICALITY 171

13: SHARING CONTROL                                          221

14: MAKING OFFERS WITH YOUR STORIES        243

EPILOGUE                                                                265

APPENDIX THE FIRST: STATUS                             269

APPENDIX THE SECOND: LISTS                           297

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                       303

INDEX OF GAMES                                                   305

 

Editorial Reviews

"Managed Mischief is chock full of valuable lessons, activities, and coaching advice to promote comaraderie and self-confidence for a creative, supportive classroom. I have used several of the activities with great success.  I would highly recommend this book."  - Linda Beam, Elementary School Teacher for 28 years"A must-have compendium.  Looking to have some fun, loosen up, or sharpen up your brain? Look no further than this fantastic book!" - Tara McDonough, Improvisor"Managed Mischief is written in a refreshing, joyful coaching style to help you learn to incorporate the skills of artistic improvisation into your daily life." - Mary Khosh, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist"I've been improvising for 20 years, but I was at a loss how to translate my experience into playtime with my children. This book made it easy." - Alan Goy, Improvisor"Engaging and witty, this guide to encouraging creativity in children through theater and improvisation is a must for all those who teach, or have, children." - Sharan Newman, Historian and Award-winning Novelist