SC Hollywood Reading List

We have compiled a comprehensive list for your improv, writing and acting reading pleasure.


Improv 1-3 Program
Improvisation for the Theatre, Viola Spolin
Impro, Keith Johnstone
Something Wonderful Right Away, Jeffrey Sweet
SCTV — Behind The Scenes, Dave Thomas
The Second City, Donna McCrohan
The Compass, Janet Coleman
Handbook of Games, Neva L. Boyd
Musical Improv Comedy, Michael Pollock
The Second City Backstage of The Worlds Greatest Comedy Theater, Sheldon Patinkin
Improv Nation, Sam Wasson


Acting
Introduction to Stanislavsky, Sonja Moore
Sanford Meisner On Acting, Sanford Meisner
Acting, The First Six Lessons, Boleslavsky
Advice to the Players, Robert Lewis
Audition, Michael Shurtleff
The Actor At Work, Robert Benedetti
Act of Being, Charles Marowitz
Speaking Clearly, Modisett and Luter
The History of the Theatre, Oscar G. Brockett
An Improvised Life, Alan Arkin


Conservatory Program
Almanac of Improvisation, Anne Libera
Improvise: Scene From The Inside Out, Mick Napier
Acting, The First Six Lessons, Boleslavsky
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
Musical Improv Comedy, Michael Pollock

Writing Program
Comedy Is A Serious Business, Harry Ruskin
The Artful Edit, Susan Bell
The Playwright’s Workbook, Jean-Claude van Itallie
The Comic Toolbox, John Vourhaus
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
An Incomplete Education, Jones and Wilson
Days and Nights of Second City, Bernie Sahlins

Longform Program
Truth in Comedy, C. Halpern, Del Close & K. Johnson
Longform Improv, Ben Hauck
Long-Form Improvisation & The Art Of Zen, Jason Chin
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy: The Harold, Matt Fotis

General Reference
An Incomplete Education, Jones and Wilson
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, Kliph Nesteroff