Improvising is openness to contact with the environment and each other and willingness to play. It is acting upon environment and allowing others to act upon present reality, as in playing a game.
— Viola Spolin



Viola Spolin's Second City Class Performs, early 1960s

Viola Spolin's Second City Class Performs, early 1960s 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.

Sills/Spolin Theater Works Associate Director Aretha Sills offers Spolin and Sills improvisation workshops regularly in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, the Bay Area, and elsewhere around the country. Learn more about upcoming workshops and register at

The facebook page of Sills/Spolin Theater Works posts current and archival articles, photographs, workshop info, and more on an ongoing basis.

Sills/Spolin Theater Works is on Instagram, sharing archival and current photographs plus workshop info.

Read about Viola Spolin at The Second City's website. is operated by Viola Spolin’s longtime student Gary Schwartz and features many useful resources about her work.

Read about the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which was founded on the teachings of Viola Spolin.

Spolin-ist was created by Ege Maltepe in 2009 with the aim of spreading Spolin improvisation in Turkey. Maltepe leads workshops in Instanbul.

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Improv Legends: Into the Unknown with Viola Spolin

Created and produced by Joel Veenstra and Marc Warzecha