To inform the design of interactive drama systems, we investigate the experience of an interactor being part of a story that they can have a fundamental influence on. Improvisational theatre might serve as a model for this experience, where there is no pre-scripted plot; each of its actors shares responsibility for the collaborative emergence of a story. This requires a performer attitude from the interactor. We describe an experiment in which improv actors create a story together with subjects who have no improv experience, to find out how we can characterize this experience, and how it might be achieved. Our results support a recent hypothesis that an interactor in interactive drama might be treated as a collaborative performer rather than an (antagonistic) player.


Interactive Storytelling Dramatic Presence Interactive Drama Improvisational Theatre 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivo Swartjes
    • 1
  • Mariët Theune
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Media Interaction groupUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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