Improvising Screenplays by Brett Wean

In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of theatrical improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. Based on the methods taught at theaters such as The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The People’s Improv Theater, the column reveals how to use techniques such as agreement, Yes-Anding, and heightening to: get past writer’s block; generate compelling ideas that resonate with any audience; create strong, three-dimensional characters; write sparkling dialogue; recognize patterns and archetypes to determine story structure in any genre; develop bulletproof outlines; and make the most of professional feedback.