Improvisation in theatre rehearsals for synthetic actors

Tony Meyer, Chris Messom

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Although the use of computers to create otherwise impossible characters has long been a staple of film, corresponding use in live stage performance is uncommon, and such characters have typically been only electronic puppets. Improvisation is an essential part of rehearsals for a live stage (scripted) performance, providing development of character and plot; in addition, the rehearsal process provides a training ground for the actors involved with the performance. The author aims to develop synthetic characters capable of taking full part in this process. Initial experiments (dynamically adding an affect component to scripted speech, and evolving variations of movement) have been promising, and form the beginnings of the larger system, which will autonomously build up a model of the character that the synthetic actor is portraying, with the aim of presenting continually improved performances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing – ICEC 2004
Subtitle of host publicationThird International Conference Eindhoven,The Netherlands, September 1-3, 2004 Proceedings
EditorsMatthias Rauterberg
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)3540229477
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing 2004 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Sep 20043 Sep 2004
Conference number: 3rd (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Entertainment Computing 2004
Abbreviated titleICEC 2004
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