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November 7, 1906 to November 22, 1994
Viola Spolin was an actress, educator, director, author, and the creator of theater games, a system of actor training that uses games she devised to organically teach the formal rules of the theater. Her groundbreaking book Improvisation for the Theater transformed American theater and revolutionized the way acting is taught.
Sidecoach Aretha Sills (granddaughter of Viola Spolin and daughter of Paul Sills) offers Spolin Improvisation workshops regularly in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, the Bay Area, and around the country. Explore the transformational theater games of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, director, writer, or to experience more play in your daily life.
improvisation for the theater
Viola Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the very nature and practice of modern theater. The first two editions of Improvisation for the Theater sold more than 100,000 copies and inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, film. These techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, and psychology.
Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook
Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director’s Handbook is a practical application of Viola Spolin’s famous method that guides directors and their companies step-by-step through all phases of the rehearsal period. Spolin shows in easy-to-follow detail how her techniques can be used for a variety of theater situations, ranging from selecting plays or material to be performed, casting, and building a harmonious company to warming up actors, creating stage space, and overcoming opening night jitters.
THE VIOLA SPOLIN COLLECTION AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Viola Spolin’s archive is housed at Northwestern University’s Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections in Evanston, Illinois. Papers date from 1925 to 2003.
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PaulSills.com is the online home of Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, which has been offering Spolin theater game intensives since 1987. Also features articles and information about Paul Sills and Viola Spolin.
The facebook page of Sills/Spolin Theater Works posts current and archival articles, photographs, workshop info, and more on an ongoing basis.
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