Spring Spolin Theater Game Workshop in Los Angeles

“My vision is a world of accessible intuition.”

                                           – Viola Spolin


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.

Based on Spolin’s seminal text Improvisation for the Theater, from a lesson plan created by director Paul Sills, the workshop is designed to bring a spirit of spontaneity and play to your work and life.

The workshop is open to and suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced players, and will be held on Saturday afternoons, March 8 through May 10, 2:30 to 5 pm. Please contact me ASAP about joining, as there are only a few spots left.

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.

Location: 5828 Wilshire Blvd.

Tuition: $350. Some sliding scale spots available. A non-refundable deposit of $100. is requested to hold your place, with the balance due at the first class.

Registration: To register, please first call or email to discuss the workshop. email: aretha_sills@earthlink.net, phone: (323) 559-1355

 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, 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

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