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Students "speed date" in Elisabeth Arnold Weiss' Writing 340 class. (Photo by Reeves Gift)

Games People Play

The improv classes, led by instructors from the USC School of Dramatic Arts, have engineering students – typcially stereotyped as sober and serious – playing the “Game of Ninja,” in which students stand in a circle, assume a martial arts stance, and try remain the last ninja standing by touching one another’s forearms while preventing classmates from karate chopping theirs.

In speed dating, on the other hand, participants endeavor to intrigue one another. Other exercises include students passing imaginary balls to one another and striking their favorite superhero poses, “based on their own gifts,” according to Debra De Liso, who has taught USC Viterbi students improv for nearly a decade.

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