Are you a Pirate, Robot, or Ninja? This is a well known theory originally conceived by Billy Merritt, an improvisor from New York.
This idea may be controversial. After all, many improv skills can be learned. Master improvisors pull off each of the strengths of all three types and learn to minimize their weaknesses.
The framework is a fun way to identify some of our habits, learn to see the good sides of our strength, and discuss out how to create believable scenes.
This quiz challenges you to be honest with who you are in an improv scene. It might help to talk through these scenarios with your team, teacher, or coach. See if they notice any of these habits in you. Find out where you fall.
You're a pirate! You're ready to attack. You don't know what will happen next and that's okay with you. Trust your instincts. Be fearless and reckless. Pirates initiate scenes with a strong choice. Make sure that you train your instincts to make choices that support scene partners’ suggestions. Create chances to initiate and bold characters for your team makes. You can work with other players to justify. Your energy and creativity drive the show!
You're a robot! You have a gift of logic. You can quickly analyze and outline a scene. You're skilled in bringing the audience back to a real place. You say who characters are and react truthfully. Define what is funny so the scene doesn't go off course. Nurture your own bold choices and behaviors too. You can use your logic to create pirate-like characters and initiate with your own internal logic.
You're a ninja! You shift a scene by making imaginative and often subtle choices. You steer sets based on creative ideas and an abstract sense of variety. You can trust yourself pull out exactly what your team needs. As an inventive and curious justifier, you can go unnoticed when making edits and creating direction for a scene. Use your skills to give yourself a stronger role in the scene, allowing yourself to embrace your own style of initiation.
Do these categories help you understand more about the skills of you and your team? Where do you think your favorite performers fall? What can you learn from the other tendencies? Answer in the comments or discuss with your improv friends.
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