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.
Weekend Theater Game Intensive in New York City Oct. 8 & 9
Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the modern American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of actors and educators. In this weekend 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 intensive is designed to help players be present onstage and off.
We’ll meet Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th, from 1 to 7pm with an hour break at 4pm.
Location: The Thalia Studio at Peter Norton Symphony Space,
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (at 95th Street)
Tuition: $250. A few sliding scale spots are available. Full tuition is required to hold your space, which is refundable (minus a $50 deposit) if you cancel by Sept. 8. I accept checks or PayPal and am open to payment plans if needed.
Weekend Intensive in Denver, Sept 10 & 11
Registration details to be announced soon.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Aretha Sills is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills, and has conducted workshops at Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College Cabaret, Northwestern University, and around the country. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works. Aretha was recently nominated for an INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor and was the keynote speaker at the California Educational Theatre Association conference.
Quotes about the workshop:
“Aretha is dedicated to preserving the pureness of this technique, which from my point of view assists the actor to find the courage to find themself and then to fly. I believe she has, innately and amazingly, all the elements of the technique of both Viola Spolin and Viola’s son, the extraordinary director, Paul Sills. I have studied with Aretha, and believe me, the thrill lives on.” -Paul Sand, Tony-award winner for Paul Sills’ Story Theater; original Second City cast member
“Aretha Sills, carrying on the work of Spolin and Sills, is an amazing, insightful side-coach and teacher. We were fortunate enough to take a workshop in L.A. with her and it helped us reconnect with theater game work on a deeper level. She knows her stuff. Can’t wait to work with her again!” -Deb Lacusta & Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons, writers/ actor
“Aretha makes it safe to go where you need to go. Her ability to side coach you into your best work is truly one of the best theatre experiences I have ever had. Go. Learn. Be inspired. This is the real deal.” -Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein, pres., Noble House Entertainment, and founder, The Open Space
“If you are an aspiring actor who is really really really funny and you like to stand in one place running your big mouth and interrupting your friend who is only really funny, then you should take this workshop to cure you of that.” -Brian Hamill, Mob Rule Inc. Senior Improvisation Workshop
“Aretha is one of the century’s best improvisation teachers. Like her grandmother before her, she understands people, theater, and improvisation in an intuitive and deep way. As someone who has studied with some of the top teachers in the country and has performed for over 15 years, I can honestly say Aretha’s work opened my eyes. I understood improv on a deeper level. I was refreshed and returned to beginner’s mind. Work with her, study with her, and change your improv and life forever.” -David Alger, founder Pan Theater