Last week in Methods of Teaching Theatre class we learned a good jumping-off point exercise for devising student work. Everyone in class stands in front of the mirror a few moments and fills in this sentence. "Some days when I look in the mirror I think _____________." Then, everyone goes on to freewrite a mini-monologue. You add movement. You arrange the various actors. Bada-bing, you have...something.
My class is eight women--grad and undergrad. Ages 20-40. In our monologues all eight of us talked about how old we felt when faced with ourselves.