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Improvisation from the Source

03 Jun 2023
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Morehouse Hall

Improvisation from the Source

Improvisation from the Source: Viola Spolin’s Theater Games  

“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.”  -Viola Spolin

Viola Spolin’s Theater Games launched the American improvisational theater movement and changed the way acting is taught. Her work has influenced generations of improvisors, actors, and educators. In the workshop with side-coach Aretha Sills, we’ll explore some of the groundbreaking exercises and theatrical concepts found in Spolin’s seminal text Improvisation for the Theaterwith an emphasis on the history and philosophies of improvisation innovators Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, and Neva Boyd. We’ll play some of Spolin’s major warm-ups to create ensemble and release the intuition through focus, spontaneity, and play.