Improvisation and verbatim theatre are two forms of theatrical performance that are distinct from each other in format and style, but can be combined to create a dynamic new form of performance. In this paper, I address how my personal experience with improvisation, or improv, led me on a journey to create my own long-form improv format, “The Vermando”. This paper details its use in my honors performance thesis, Eating Garbage Graciously. My original improv format, “The Vermando”, bridges together rehearsed verbatim theatre pieces and improvised performances to unleash a hybrid theatrical performance that uses improv to explore the stories of various human beings.
Improvisation, Verbatim Theatre, Armando, Devised Theatre, Failure, Playback Theatre
Year of Completion
Valerie Clayman Pye
Theatre, Dance, Arts Management
Ramaekers, Elise, "Eating Garbage Graciously : Verbatim Theatre and Improvisation" (2019). Undergraduate Honors College Theses 2016-. 50.