Technique - Role Playing

This exercise creates a practice space for trying out alternate potential endings to classroom incidents.


  • Choose an incident that happened to one of you or define a scenario that is substantially similar to something several of you have experienced.
  • Specify how many players are involved.


  • The faculty member who has experienced the situation acts as director, with others taking the roles of faculty member, students, or other necessary players in the scene.


  • On the first run-through, try to act the scene exactly as it happened —  unsatisfactory ending and all.
  • Then do it again, but this time, the player acting as faculty member can improvise a different response and see how that plays out.
  • Repeat several times, with other players stepping into the roles and improvising alternate endings.


  • After the last run-through, engage in a group critique of the various strategies and outcomes.