Bay Area Spolin Improvisation Intensive Jan 12 & 13, 2019

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Designed to introduce the key principles of Viola Spolin’s revolutionary acting, directing, and teaching methods in two days, the weekend intensive will help players be more fully present onstage and off.  Beginners and experienced players are welcome. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, Jan 12 & 13, from 11am to 5pm each day, with an hour break for lunch at 2pm. Location:  Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Ave, Studio […]

Los Angeles Weekend Intensive November 10  & 11, 2018 (North Hollywood Location)  

Posted on Oct 9, 2018

Designed to introduce the key principles of Spolin’s revolutionary acting, directing, and teaching methods in two days, the weekend intensive will help players be more fully present onstage and off.  Beginners and experienced players are welcome. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2018, from 11am to 5pm, with an hour lunch break at 2pm. Location: New […]

No Expectations Improvisation: Theater Games to Inspire Mindfulness and Communication, Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 in LA

Posted on Oct 9, 2018

Focus is meditation in action – Viola Spolin Enter the holiday season refreshed and inspired! In this three-hour workshop, we’ll explore the theater games and exercises that inspire theatrical improvisers to get out of the head and into the present time, but without any expectation of performing or being “on.” Our goal is to experience the […]

Chicago Weekend Intensive Oct 27 & 28, 2018 — wait list only

Posted on Jul 29, 2018

Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of actors and educators. In the workshop with sidecoach Aretha Sills, we’ll explore the groundbreaking exercises and theatrical concepts found in Improvisation for the Theater with an emphasis on the philosophies of legendary improvisation innovators Viola Spolin and Paul Sills, and on applying Spolin’s meditative methods to your work in any artistic […]

Improvisation for Generating New Creative Work (Starts in North Hollywood on Sept 6th, 2018)

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

Improvisation for Generating New Creative Work (Meets in North Hollywood) “In any art form, we seek the experience of going beyond what we already know.” —Viola Spolin Viola Spolin’s famously fertile theater games have inspired generations of artists to create new works in many genres. This nine-week workshop is for writers, directors, actors, solo performers, […]

Improvisation for Performance: The Sills/Spolin Method (Meets in Los Angeles Starting Sept 4th, 2018)

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

Improvisation for Performance: The Sills/Spolin Method (Meets in Los Angeles) “Focus is mediation in action.” —Viola Spolin In this ten-week workshop that culminates with a show for an invited audience, we’ll explore Spolin’s many wonderful theater games for performance, working from a running order created by Paul Sills and performed on Broadway. Whether you’re an experienced […]

Los Angeles Weekend Spolin Intensive August 11 & 12, 2018 (NoHo Location)

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

Los Angeles Weekend Intensive August 11 & 12 (North Hollywood Location) Designed to introduce the key principles of Spolin’s revolutionary acting, directing, and teaching methods in two days, the weekend intensive will help players be more fully present onstage and off.  Beginners and experienced players are welcome. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018, from […]

Seattle Weekend Spolin Intensive at Unexpected Productions June 23 & 24

Posted on May 10, 2018

The intensive is an accelerated version of an introductory workshop. Actors, educators directors, and improvisers learn (through play) how to incorporate Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. The workshop is open to beginners and experienced players and is designed to help players be present onstage and off. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd & 24th, […]

Kids’ Summer Session: Shakespeare & Spolin for Los Angeles Drama Club July 9-13, 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

SHAKESPEARE & SPOLIN SUMMER SESSION AT THE LOS ANGELES DRAMA CLUB JULY 9 – 13, 2018 July 9 – 13, at the Chromolume Theater, 5429 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. For 2nd through 9th grade (Fall 2018). Los Angeles Drama Club has always used Viola Spolin’s Theater Games as one of the foundations of the way we […]

New York Workshop for IRTE Just Added! April 24th, 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Workshop for IRTE in Manhattan: Exploring “the Where” in Improvisation to Create Connections Between Players Taking time to build a “Where” and enter into it helps players into the present moment and into true relation. We’ll discover the riches the environment has to offer as we slow down and explore it. Through warm-ups and scene games, […]

Bay Area Spolin Improvisation Intensive June 2 & 3, 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

The intensive is open to beginners and experienced players and will introduce players to the the key principles of Spolin’s acting, directing, and teaching methods. We’ll meet: Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018, from 10am to 4pm, with an hour lunch break at 1pm. Location: Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702 Tuition: $250. A few sliding-scale […]

First Ever 5-Day Summer Intensive in Los Angeles July 23-27, 2018

Posted on Feb 5, 2018

A complete ten-week introductory class in five days! Actors, educators, directors, and improvisers learn through play how to incorporate Viola Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. Workshops are open to beginners and experienced players. The 5-day intensive with sidecoach Aretha Sills will introduce players to the the key principles of Spolin’s revolutionary acting, directing, and teaching methods, and […]

Ten-Week Los Angeles Workshop Open To All Levels Starts May 1, 2018

Posted on Feb 5, 2018

The 10-week workshop with sidecoach Aretha Sills is open to beginners and experienced players. Actors, educators, directors, and improvisers learn through play how to incorporate Viola Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. The workshop will introduce players to the the key principles of Spolin’s revolutionary acting, directing, and teaching methods, and help them be more fully present onstage […]

Chicago Spolin Improvisation Weekend Intensive May 19 & 20, 2018

Posted on Jan 31, 2018

Chicago Weekend Intensive May 19 & 20  This class is sold out, but you can still be added to the waiting list. The weekend intensive is an accelerated version of a longer introductory workshop. Actors, educators, directors, and improvisers learn through play how to incorporate Viola Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. Workshops are open to beginners and experienced players. The intensive will […]

New York City Spolin Improvisation Intensive April 21 & 22, 2018

Posted on Jan 20, 2018

The NYC Intensive is sold out. For a spot on the waiting list, or to be notified about our upcoming fall NYC intensive, please email. Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of actors and educators. In the workshop with sidecoach Aretha […]

Introducing Theater Game Workshops for Young Players!

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

It is the process of solving a problem that releases intelligence, talent and genius. -Viola Spolin Generations of kids and adults have learned to act through playing Viola Spolin’s improvisational theater games, among them Oscar and Tony-Award winning actors and directors. Sidecoach Aretha Sills invites young players to explore the play-based method that allows each child’s […]

Los Angeles Weekend Intensive January 20 & 21, 2018

Posted on Dec 4, 2017

Los Angeles Weekend Intensive January 20 & 21 The weekend Spolin improvisation intensive is an accelerated version of a longer introductory workshop. Actors, educators, directors, and improvisers learn (through play) how to incorporate Viola Spolin’s transformative techniques into their practice. Workshops are open to beginners and experienced players. The intensive will introduce players to the the key principles of Spolin’s acting, directing, and teaching methods, and help you be […]

Alumni Workshop in Los Angeles Starts in January 2018

Posted on Oct 26, 2017

Two Spolin improvisation workshops coming January 2018: a ten-week alumni workshop and a weekend intensive open to all experience levels.

Seattle Improvisation Intensive November 18 & 19, 2017

Posted on Oct 11, 2017

I’m excited to side-coach a Spolin Improvisation Intensive in Seattle the weekend of Nov 18 & 19th, presented by Unexpected Productions. The workshop is now full but you can learn about the waitlist here.

Workshop for Filmmakers at the Jameson First Shot Weekender in LA!

Posted on Oct 4, 2017

I’ll be co-teaching a free workshop for filmmakers at the Jameson First Shot Weekender Film Festival in Los Angeles! Learn more and register here. UNSCRIPTED: THE POWER OF PLAY, NOV 4, 2017 A high energy and playful workshop to find ways into writing without the need for a pen, keyboard or dozens of cups of […]