I aim to offer a sociological explanation of the creative process of comedic improvisation. I investigated three improvisation ensembles in midwest with the mixed methodology of participant and direct observation and ethnographic interviews. Sociologists define creativity from a structural, organizational and collective lens. Sociologist have studied improvisation but the majority of the focus is on jazz musicians; very little has been written on unscripted, live theatre. Within this study, I review the literature and provide qualitative data on the collective process of improvising using the theoretical background of Art World, Schools of Activity and Collaborative Circles.
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Seff, Erica '20, "Improvisation: Trust Us, This Is All Made Up!" (2020). Hamilton Digital Commons.