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Q & A with Compass Director David Shepherd
Kranzberg Arts Center (Black Box Theatre)
St. Louis, MO
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Q & A with Compass Director David Shepherd
We will be showing the documentary David Shepherd: A Lifetime of Improvisational Theatre

and immediately following we will have a question and answer session with David Shepherd, the original director of the famous Compass Players.

David Sheperd Bio:
In 1953 Shepherd was one of the co-founders of the Playwrights Theatre Club in Chicago. In 1955 he and Paul Sills founded the Compass Players, the forerunner of The Second City.[3] Compass launched the careers of Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Jerry Stiller, Alan Alda, Alan Arkin, Barbara Harris, and Shelley Berman (to name a few) and started a revolution in entertainment.[4] [5] Since Compass, David has gone on to create numerous improv formats  including the Improvisation Olympics (a competitive theatrical sporting event), Responsive Scene Radio Show (listeners create their own stories on air) and MOVIExperience (improvising a movie) which culminated in the publication of his book "That Movie In Your Head."

About the Compass Players:
Founded by David Shepherd, the original idea was to produce a new play derived through improvisation from outlines (in the tradition of the Italian commedia dell'arte) or scenarios written by members of the ensemble. Shepherd turned to director Paul Sills to head this venture based on his experience working with Sills on an earlier Chicago theatre effort, the Playwrights' Theatre Company. He noticed that Sills in rehearsal employed Theater Games "theatre games," structures designed to create spontaneous theatrical play between actors that had been developed and named by Sills' mother, Viola Spolin. (Spolin would later author the "bible" of Theater Games, Improvisation for the Theater, published by Northwestern Press.)



Kranzberg Arts Center (Black Box Theatre) (View)
501 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States

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Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Improv

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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