Two L.A. Workshops 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 […]

Bay Area Weekend Theater Game Intensive Nov. 11 & 12, 2017

Posted on Jul 20, 2017

Bay Area Spolin Theater Game Intensive Nov. 11 & 12 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. Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work […]

Spolin Theater Game Workshop Open To All Levels Starts This Fall

Posted on Jun 24, 2017

“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 […]

Workshop at the Stockholm International School In Sweden

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

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 […]

Talk on the History of Improvisation at the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

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 […]

Workshop Just Added in New York! Tuesday, April 25th at IRTE

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

I’ll be offering a workshop for Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble (IRTE) on Tuesday, April 25th.

Spring 2017: Weekend intensives in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago!

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

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. […]

Improvisation for Writers Starts January 11th, 2017

Posted on Oct 15, 2016

“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 […]

10-Week Theater Game Workshop Starts January 14th, 2017

Posted on Oct 15, 2016

“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, […]

Theater Games for Performance Workshop in Los Angeles Starts Oct 18th, 2016

Posted on Aug 28, 2016

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 […]

Fall 2016 Theater Game Intensives in NYC, Oakland, and Denver

Posted on Jul 7, 2016

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.

2016 Summer Improvisational Theater Intensives in Door County, WI

Posted on Apr 9, 2016

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.

Spolin Theater Game Workshop in Los Angeles Begins May 17!

Posted on Apr 9, 2016

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!

Chicago Improv Fest Workshop May 3rd!

Posted on Apr 9, 2016

Out of the Head and Into the Space: The Theater Games of Viola Spolin ($50)
Tuesday, May 3rd @ Theater Wit Rehearsal Space (1224 W. Belmont) 4pm – 7pm
Register Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2529295

Spring Workshops in Los Angeles and Chicago

Posted on Feb 21, 2016

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 […]

Dale Wiley Interviews Me About Sills, Spolin, Dolly, and Merle

Posted on Jan 18, 2016

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 Workshop Begins January 2016

Posted on Oct 22, 2015

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 Begins January 2016

Posted on Oct 22, 2015

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 […]