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Viola Spolin Intensive for Alumni Players with Aretha Sills

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Unexpected Productions Improv School

650 South Orcas, Suite 101

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This two-night mini-intensive with side coach Aretha Sills is designed for players with some Spolin improvisation experience who’d like to delve deeper into the famously generative games and exercises in Spolin's Improvisation for the Theater.

We’ll explore Spolin games that have been used by countless theater companies as rehearsal techniques or for devising/generating new material.

We’ll play warm-ups and scene games to discover how Spolin exercises can be used to build a strong sense of ensemble, create new material, or find brilliant and spontaneous moments when rehearsing scripted material. Class size is limited.

Returning players from Aretha Sills’ workshops or players with Spolin improvisation experience are invited to attend.

Date: November 14 & 15 Thursday and Friday
Time: 7:00PM-10PM
Location: Unexpected Productions Improv School
650 South Orcas, Suite 101 Seattle WA 98108
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Maximum Students: 16
Cost: $150
Prerequisite: Must have completed a previous Aretha Sill workshop or have extensive Spolin improv experience 18+

Teacher Bio:
Side coach Aretha Sills is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater), and has conducted workshops for Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Stockholm International School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Northwestern University. She has worked with Tony- and Emmy-Award winning actors and has trained faculty from Northwestern, DePaul, Columbia College, The Second City, The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, LAUSD, CETA, and many other institutions and schools. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works and she directs The Predicament Players.

Quotes about the workshops:

"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

"I have no desire to be an entertainer and still get nervous when I speak to groups. I fear appearing silly. But I knew there was a little door inside of me that needed to be opened. That the shy, quiet, serious child wanted to be free. So nerves and all, I jumped feet first into Aretha Sills’ intensive Spolin workshop. I felt safe. The word “silly” became “playful.” At the end, I was tired and a little relieved -- but oh so proud of myself. Viola Spolin said, 'Get out of your head, into the space and await the invisible stranger.' Thanks to Aretha, I found that stranger and she is me." -Barbara Meltzer, Barbara Meltzer & Associates Public Relations and Marketing

“As an educator and instructor of acting and directing, I was eager to learn about the American theater improvisation developed by Viola Spolin and expounded by Paul Sills. Aretha Sills provides an insight into the authentic roots of the system that has been utilized for years by theatre training programs. The workshop will provide you with an excellent opportunity to explore various games and exercises to enrich your view of performance and acting.” -Norma Saldivar, professor and chair, UNLV Department of Theatre, and executive director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre

"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." -David Alger, founder Pan Theater
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