What is Viewpoints?

Hey there, what’s up?

I’ve been reading a lot of improv books recently. Everyone knows you can’t learn to improvise from a book, but you can definitely pick up new ideas and concepts to try in workshops, rehearsals, or shows. EVERYTHING is worth trying at least once, to see what works for you.

If you’re looking for a good read, I’ve got a fair-sized list of book reviews on the website. I’m always looking for more, so please send me your own recommendations.

Let’s look at one important book I read recently, and what it can do for your improv…

Viewpoints – An Introduction

[I’ve expanded and re-posted the original article.]
Read it here: The Viewpoints System – An Introduction

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What books (improv-related or not) are on your summer reading list? Have you read anything recently that connects to your improv practice?

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Hi, I'm David Raitt. I've been performing and teaching improv and sketch comedy for over 25 years.
MY MISSION: To help improvisers everywhere (re-)learn the power of environment, object work, and physicality in character and performance.

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