Bay Area Spolin Theater Game Intensive Nov. 11 & 12 The intensive is an accelerated version of a 10-week introductory workshop and is open to all levels. Actors, educators directors, and improvisers learn (through play) how to incorporate Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, November 11th & 12th, 2017, from 10am […]
“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.” -Viola Spolin Explore the improvisational acting method of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, writer, director, or to experience more play in your daily life. 10-Week Theater Game Workshop Open To All Levels This Fall Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational […]
This June, I was delighted to visit the Stockholm International School in Sweden, where I side-coached a two-day teacher-training workshop in Viola Spolin’s Theater Games for educators from around the globe. Please see the wonderful photos below by Vega Ebbersten. In the first photo, we’re playing the traditional children’s game, “New York.” Our Swedish host informed us they […]
On May 12th, I gave a talk at the first annual Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium at University of California, Irvine. Titled “A Search for Community: Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, and the Origins of Improvisational Theater in the U.S.”, the talk and Q&A traced the roots of their work to the radical Progressive-era philosophies cultivated at Jane […]
I’ll be offering a workshop for Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE) on Tuesday, April 25th.
My vision is a world of accessible intuition. – Viola Spolin Coming spring 2017: Weekend intensives in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago! Explore the improvisational acting method of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, director, or to experience more play in your daily life. […]
“My vision is a world of accessible intuition.” -Viola Spolin “If you haven’t surprised yourself, you haven’t written.” -Eudora Welty Theater games have many far-reaching creative benefits, but improvisation can be intimidating for non-actors. This workshop is designed to jumpstart new written work in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Writers will learn the fundamentals of […]
“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.” -Viola Spolin In this ten-week workshop we’ll explore the groundbreaking exercises and theatrical concepts found in Spolin’s Improvisation for the Theater. Open to beginners and experienced players, the workshop is designed to help players be present onstage and off. We’ll meet Saturday afternoons, January 14 through March 18, 2017, […]
In this seven-week workshop we’ll focus on playing some of Spolin’s many wonderful theater games for performance, working from a show order created by Paul Sills. For our last session, we’ll put on an improvised show for an invited audience. The workshop is open to returning players. We’ll meet Tuesday nights for 6 weeks, from […]
Explore the transformational theater games of Viola Spolin to enhance your training as an actor, improviser, educator, director, or to experience more play in your daily life. We’re taking the show on the road! Upcoming workshops include weekend intensives in New York City, Denver, and Oakland.
Every summer we offer two week-long intensives in the work of American theater legends Viola Spolin and Paul Sills. Actors, theater students, teachers, directors and other players are invited to attend one or both.
Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the modern American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Workshop starts in Los Angeles May 17!
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. This spring I’m offering a weekend intensive in Chicago, a workshop at the Chicago Improv Festival, and a workshop for returning players in Los Angeles that begins […]
I was recently interviewed by Dale Wiley on his new podcast. We talked about Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, and the history of improvisational theater, as well as the time Paul and Bob Dylan did not make a movie together. We also spoke about my old fanzine Maybelle, country music, and my love for Dolly Parton and […]
IMPROVISATION FOR WRITERS ON TUESDAY NIGHTS I’m excited to announce this all-new workshop! Theater games have many far-reaching creative benefits, but improvisation classes can be intimidating for non-actors. This workshop is designed to jumpstart new written work in a supportive and non-competitive environment. Theater games clear creative blocks by igniting an intuitive response. Writers will learn the fundamentals […]
THEATER GAME WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS Based on Spolin’s seminal text Improvisation for the Theater, from a lesson plan created by director Paul Sills (creator of The Second City and Story Theater), the Theater Game Workshop is designed to bring a spirit of spontaneity and play to your work and life. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. The […]
I’ll be this years’ keynote speaker at the California Educational Theatre Association Conference, held at Asilomar on the Monterey Peninsula from October 9-11. I’ll also be leading a master class for participating educators. Click here to learn more.
There are still some spots in my upcoming week-long Spolin Theater Game Intensive at Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, which begins July 27th in gorgeous Door County, WI. Reasonable shared lodging is also available while spaces last. Find out more here and please contact Carol Sills with any questions. Carol Sills: Carolbsills@gmail.com (920) 363-4066
I am nominated for a 2015 INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor/Coach. Vote here!