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.


A high energy and playful workshop to find ways into writing without the need for a pen, keyboard or dozens of cups of coffee. Led by renowned teacher of improvisational theatre Aretha Sills and award-winning filmmaker/teacher Sascha Rice, we’ll find characters, scenes, themes and ways into story, almost entirely on our feet. We’ll play theatre games and explore writing exercises to generate tons of new ideas and break up creative blocks, while gaining powerful tools for writers, directors, and actors. Bring an open mind and a willingness to play.

Aretha Sills is a renowned teacher of improvisational theatre and the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied Spolin’s theatre games for many years with her father, legendary director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theatre). Aretha was nominated for an INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor and was the keynote speaker at the California Educational Theatre Association conference. She works with actors for film, television, and the stage, including Tony and Emmy- award winners, as well as directors, writers, and educators.

More about Aretha here.

Sascha Rice is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and teacher who draws on a unique combination of experiences including making both romantic comedy and documentary feature films, founding a theatre company, producing a community public art project, and heading up Global Marketing for Eastman Kodak.

More about Sascha here.