Genuine dialogue, dialogue, improv, improvisation, genuine improv, genuine improvisation, immediacy of presence, vulnerability, imagination and innovation, empathy, focus group, interview, qualitative, qualitative research, thematic analysis, conditions for dialogue
The value of improv training extends beyond the stage. Improv has been successfully utilized and applied in a variety of ways in the workplace, school, and community. This study examines the connection between genuine dialogue and improv to determine if improv exhibits dialogic qualities. Three focus groups were conducted with a total of nineteen improv students. Additionally, an interview was conducted with the director of a hospital's Innovation Lab where improv is used in an organizational setting. The conditions for dialogue set by Gordon (2006) served as a guideline for analyzing data. Thematic analysis generated categories used to analyze data. The most prominent of Gordon's conditions for dialogue within improv were Imagination & Innovation, Vulnerability and Immediacy of Presence. The importance of this study, implications and future studies for the connection between improv and dialogue are examined.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Communication; Interpersonal Communication Track
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
O'Neal, Kathleen, "An Examination of the Connection Between Genuine Dialogue and Improv" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4624.