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Keith Johnstone


Keith Johnstone is a drama instructor whose teachings and books have focused on improvisational theatre and have had a major influence on the art of improvisation.

In the course of his instruction, he would tell his students, “Don’t concentrate,” “Don’t think,” “Be obvious,” and “Don’t be clever!” His unorthodox techniques opened his students’ imagination and spontaneity.

To understand the Mask it’s also necessary to understand the nature of trance itself.

– Kieth Johnstone, 1979

We ‘read’ the body, and especially the head-neck relationship, but we experience ourselves as reading the Mask.

– Kieth Johnstone, 1979