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!
“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.” -Viola Spolin. Deepen your training with an introductory workshop in the theater games of Viola Spolin. Sidecoach Aretha Sills invites actors, improvisors, teachers, directors, and other players to attend a 10-week workshop in Los Angeles.
My piece about a 1994 interview with Townes Van Zandt is featured in the first print edition of Los Angeles Review of Books (the Spring 2013 issue). Learn more at their blog!
“My vision is a world of accessible intuition.” -Viola Spolin Sidecoach Aretha Sills invites actors, improvisors, teachers, directors, and other players to attend a one-day intensive in New York City on Saturday, April 27th. This 5-hour workshop will explore the improvisational theater games of Viola Spolin, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced performers. […]
Summer 2012 Theater Games Workshop in Los Angeles
Sidecoach Aretha Sills invites actors, improvisors, teachers, directors, and other players to attend a 10-week workshop in the improvisational theater games of Viola Spolin, beginning June 30. This class is open to and suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced performers.
Read a brief interview with me at Los Angeles Review of Books. As usual, I am unable to refrain from my three favorite subjects: Merle Haggard, Charlotte Bronte, and compulsion. “Q: Title of the book you’re probably never going to write, but would kind of like to get around to?
In 1994, I interviewed Townes Van Zandt for Maybelle, the country music fanzine I co-edited. On the fifteenth anniversary of his death, Los Angeles Review of Books published my essay about the experience, Muddy Waters and Mozart: Remembering Townes Van Zandt. Check out the photos from Maybelle’s Fall 1994 issue. Someday I’ll write the story of a fanzine… I’m […]