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Koppett, Kat. Training to Imagine. Practical and useful, with extensive and well-catalogued collection of exercises.
IMPROV THEORY & PRACTICE
Madson, Patricia Ryan. Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up. A beautiful description of core improv maxims and their real-life applications. Elegant and easy to read. Written by a sage of improv and life in general.
Spolin, Viola. Improvisation in Theatre. The original book of improv theatre. Extensive collection of exercises and principles, with thoughtful discussion about underlying philosophy.
Halpern, Charna, et al. Truth in Comedy. Fundamental concepts of improv theatre. Clearly written, easy to read, captures the improv essence.
Johnstone, Keith. Impro: Improvisation for the Theatre. Profound insights about status behaviors, and relevant exercises.
Fey, Tina. "The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat" from Bossypants. Embedded into this great book is an amusing and spot-on summary of core improv principles.
Libera, Anne. The Second City Almanac of Improvisation. History of improv at Second City Theatre, with helpful insights into core improv principles, and entertaining anecdotes. You'll recognize many of these people.
Jagodowski, TJ, et al. Improvisation at the Speed of Life. Two improv pros share their insights about improv and the principles that work best for them. Clear and to the point. PG-13.