Improv Books

Improv Books

These all support our improv classes, in fact many of them are even written by our teachers!

Impro by Keith Johnstone.

Impro for Storytellers by Keith Johnstone.

Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern, Del Close, Kim Johnson.

Improvise! by Max Dickins (Hoopla teacher and our Director of Corporate Training).

Improv by John Cremer (Hoopla and Maydays teacher).

The Improviser’s Way by Katy Schutte (Hoopla teacher).

The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life by Alison Goldie (Hoopla Teacher).

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual by Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, and Matt Walsh.

Improvise by Mick Napier.

Improvisation for Theatre by Viola Spolin.

Genius Now by Alan Marriott.

The Improv Handbook by Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances- White.

The Art of Chicago Improv by Rob Kozlowski.

Jill Bernard’s Small Cute Book of Improv.


Acting Books

Why is that so Funny? By John Wright.

Sanford Meisner on Acting by Dennis Longwell.

Presence by Patsy Rodenburg.

Commedia dell’Arte by John Rudlin.

Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal.

True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet.

The Empty Space by Peter Brook.


Writing Books

Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.


Other Helpful Books

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott.

Self- Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emmerson.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander.

So You Want To Be A Theatre Producer? by James Seabright.

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