Raising the Stakes

Go big or go home. There are no bounds to where we can go with strong mime, and our unbridled imaginations. The choices we make on stage will either add to our characters, or add to the conflict. Making the conflict bigger is a way to make the scene better. Raising the stakes does not have to be a sledgehammer, it can be subtle. The following improv structures can help improvisers raise the stakes to the conflict in their scenes.