Wisconsin Theater Game Center


We’re sorry to say we’re not offering workshops in Door County in 2021.  Check back in the new year for 2022 dates.  See you next year!

Spolin workshops continue online. You can learn more here



We offer summer 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. Workshops are held in studios at the Sills family farm in Door County, Wisconsin, a famous vacation destination on the beautiful peninsula in Lake Michigan. Intensives offers ten sessions in five days — 25 hours of play, with long lunch breaks in which to explore the area.

Theater Game Intensive 

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. 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. The Theater Game Intensive is a concentrated course based on her groundbreaking book Improvisation for the Theater. Coached by Aretha Sills, from a lesson plan created by Paul Sills, the intensive is open to beginners and experienced players.

To read quotes about the workshop, please visit here.

Story Theater Intensive

In the late 60s Second City founding director Paul Sills surprised the Chicago theater scene with a new art form. Players in street garb enacted tales from the oral tradition set to contemporary music on bare, dramatically-lit stages. By 1970 Paul Sills’ Story Theatre had won critical acclaim on both coasts. “Unequivocally great,” wrote Clive Barnes in the New York Times. Sills imparted this method in an intensive he coached with Carol Sills in 2008. Since then, Carol has continued the practice. Players will adapt stories from literature in a process that leads to a workshop performance. Viola Spolin’s theater games spark fire in a curriculum that prepares participants to coach players in their own classrooms and theaters.

For a list of stories staged in prior workshops, click here.


Registration for 2017 is closed.

TO REGISTER: first email workshops@paulsills.com. Please include a brief description of your theater experience and/or your interest in the workshop. You’re welcome to attach a resume but it’s not necessary.  

Once accepted into the program, a deposit of $200 is required to hold your space. The balance can be paid in one or two installments, as long as full payment is received by the start of the workshop. Deposit is refundable (minus a $50 fee) if you cancel by July 1. 

TUITION: $500. There are a few sliding scale spots available.


WORKSHOPS: take place in studios at the Sills farm in Door County, the peninsula in Lake Michigan north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

SCHEDULE: Players arrive on Saturday or Sunday before the first workshop. Workshops are held twice a day, Monday through Friday, from 10am – 1pm, and 4 – 6pm. Each Intensive ends with a small celebration following the final session on Friday.

LODGING: We reserve a limited number of spaces for players in lovely Sister Bay cottages that cost approximately $300. per week, plus tax. Please let us know if you’d like to reserve a space in the shared student housing. If you prefer to reside by yourself at a nearby resort hotel, motel, or cottage, we can advise and provide travel data. Ephraim and Sister Bay are the nearest villages, but Fish Creek and Baileys Harbor are also close. You can research lodging options and obtain travel information at Door County Visitor and Convention Bureau, 920-743-4456. 

TRAVEL: We are about a 1.5 hour drive northeast from the Green Bay airport. Students arriving close to the same time and staying at the same place often share car rentals.

BY AUTO: From Chicago take I-94 to Milwaukee, then I-43 to Green Bay, following Sturgeon Bay signs north on 57 E. After Sturgeon Bay follow 57 north to Baileys Harbor. 4 1/2 miles north of Baileys Harbor turn east (right) onto Old Lime Kiln Road, one-half mile to 2397. From Green Bay airport take 172 E to 43N to 57 E (follow Sturgeon Bay signs).