Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become stageworthy.
— Viola Spolin

Workshops/outreach

SPOLIN THEATER GAME WORKSHOPS IN LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, CHICAGO, THE BAY AREA, AND AROUND THE COUNTRY

Explore the improvisational acting method of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, writer, or director. Called “one of the most prominent acting techniques” by Backstage, Spolin’s Theater Games release the intuition through spontaneity and play, opening up new avenues of expression in your work and in your life.

COMING FALL 2017: 

  • Bay Area Weekend Intensive November 11 & 12. Learn more here.
  • Seattle Weekend Intensive November 18 & 19. Find registration info here

Sidecoach Aretha Sills is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin and the associate director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works. She studied Spolin's theater games for many years with her father, legendary director Paul Sills. She has led workshops at Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Northwestern University, Stella Adler Studio, The Art of Acting Studio, Stockholm International School, and Sarah Lawrence College. She was nominated for an INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor and gave the keynote address at the California Educational Theatre Association Conference. She also teaches Improvisation for Writers and directs The Predicament Players. Aretha offers workshops regularly in Los Angeles, annually in Chicago and New York, and occasionally around the world. 

Please email Aretha Sills to request to be notified about upcoming workshops, or to inquire about bringing her to work with your school or group. 


YOUTH PROGRAM, CHicago & L.A.

Coming soon: A new youth theater program in Los Angeles and Chicago, offering a series of classes for ages 7 through 18.

Viola Spolin Improvisation Class

Viola Spolin’s Theater Games are a play-based system of actor training. Theater Games promote awareness of self and others, problem solving, socialization skills, cooperation, and the development of your child’s unique gifts. Spolin’s non-competitive games have been used to joyfully teach acting to generations of kids and adults, among them Oscar and Tony-Award winning actors and directors. 

Sills/Spolin Theater Works educators Aretha and Neva Sills will lead the youth workshops in Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively.

Sign up to be notified about upcoming classes below. 

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Summer Intensives at Paul Sills’ Theater Game Center, Door County, Wisconsin

Paul Sills Wisconsin Theater Game Center

Offering weeklong summer intensives in the work of American theater legends Viola Spolin and Paul Sills. Workshops meet in studios at the Sills family farm in Door County, Wisconsin, a world-famous vacation destination located on the beautiful peninsula in Lake Michigan. 

Unfortunately, the summer 2017 season was cancelled, but check back early next year for 2018 dates! 

Sign up to be notified about upcoming workshops here. More Information about the workshop and travel to Door County can be found at PaulSills.com


OUTREACH

Sills/Spolin Theater Works educators are available to bring workshops in Theater Games and Story Theater to your school or organization. We also direct productions, offer teacher training, and speak to groups about Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, and the history of improvisational theater in America.

Contact us with inquiries.