Status Entrances

The next step in status work—observation and changing of habitual status.

Rules:

Students create a backline. Have each improviser enter the playing area with an obvious status choice. Once you feel they have clearly established status, ask the next improviser to take a turn. Have each student try high and low status at least once.

Objectives:

To use simple physical changes to indicate status; to establish strong status at the beginning of scenes.

Comments:

Director should push students to play a status they are uncomfortable with or use the least. More advanced students can try playing a low status character who behaves in a high status way and vice versa, to show the subtleties of status and how it can manifest in scenes.