VIOLA SPOLIN IMPROVISATION WORKSHOPS
Imagine improvising without fear.
Imagine trusting your instincts in any performance, scripted or not.
Imagine the creative freedom that comes with getting out of your head.
Imagine the FUN of that experience!
Viola Spolin’s improvisation games are a technique that will enhance every aspect of your creative journey and acting career, including scripted work.
In these workshops, you’ll learn how to:
- reignite your sense of spontaneity
- trust your instincts/intuition
- let go of trying to “do” something “right” or “funny,” and embrace what happens in the moment
- build confidence in your process and performance
- bring all your senses into being
- tap into your unique, natural talent
- become a strong, versatile, artist ready for anything
- be a more confident collaborator
- be more present and playful, onstage/camera and off
Why Viola Spolin?
Because she was the *creator* of improvisation. And her games were designed for a much deeper purpose than just “being funny”. (This is *not* comedy improv, which is focused on the funny.) Spolin’s games release every actor fearlessly into themselves and the magic of the present moment. (Find out more about The Real History Of Improvisation.)
Because I was trained directly by Viola’s granddaughter, Aretha Sills, in Viola’s games and philosophy. Aretha has passionately carried on Viola’s work and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to have been trained by her. Plus, I absolutely LOVE leading these workshops!
– Well suited for new and returning players.
– Every student plays multiple times in every 3-hour class.
6 Week Workshop – Spring Session, 2023
IN PERSON in North Hollywood
May 10 – June 14
10:30 – 1:30
New and returning players welcome!
Class size is limited. Proof of vaccination required.
PRICE: $475 for the 6 week workshop
Payment plans are available.
For all workshops:
If you’re a returning student, you can enroll with payment via the usual method.
If you’re a new student, please email proof of vaccination to email@example.com.
Have we met? If not, please include headshot, resume, and links to reels/clips in your email. Also, I’d love to know how you found me!
“Because of Robin’s Viola Spolin Improvisation Workshop, I see a difference in my self tapes. I’m more free, less in my head, letting go of “nailing it,” having fun, being creative and spontaneous. I’m proud of my work again.” – Shalini Bathina
“I was concerned that I had to be witty or funny to do improvisation well. Instead, with Robin side coaching Viola’s games, I found that the exploration process itself is the most important. I’ve never felt more free and out of my head.” – Enisha Brewster
“After years of using a goal-oriented and analytical approach to roles, Viola Spolin’s approach of judgement free play was revolutionary for me. I trust my instincts again. These games, and Robin’s workshops, will continue to be a regular part of my acting training.” – Cooper Rowe
“This workshop is unlike any other acting class or workshop I’ve ever taken. You really have the opportunity to explore and play! There is no RIGHT or WRONG way… further allowing your artistic walls to break down and your creative mind to OPEN UP. This workshop helped me get out of my head and stop over analyzing the creative process.“ — Amanda Joy Erickson
“Robin created an imaginative workshop where actors leave all inhibition at the door and let their creativity fly. Each actor’s unique energy is honored, and then we all came together to truly play, authentically. Improvisation with collaboration, imagination, and PURE PLAY. ” — Alyssa Spear
“A fun, engaging, creative connection to the body, spiritually and physically. The focus is on play and connection to your environment and your partner(s.) A unique way to discover more about one’s self.” — Devielle Johnson
“Robin gives each person permission to exist fully as they are. Her own passion encourages the class to dive in fully and fosters an incredible sense of play, free from inhibitions or the need to do it “right.” This class truly is free of judgements… we become like a troop – all in this together – growing, exploring, expressing, playing, and learning to just be IS indeed enough.” — Juliana Sloan
“This workshop was pure creative joy! It allows you to free yourself of any excess chatter in your head that judges or censors your instincts. It playfully pushed me to be fully in the moment which is the most blissful and exciting place to be. Like a 6-week meditation, but with more laughs!” — Holly Bodimeade
“This workshop was all sorts of fun! I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to work out their imagination and play. Robin kept class so engaging with all sorts of different games. I had a blast and will definitely be back for the next round!” — Sam Hirschmann
“Therapeutic and playful exploration in a stress free and judge free environment.” — Adam Casillas
“The workshop is a fun exploration on what makes us unique, how to find connection in any situation, and always remembering to play. The side coaching helped me explore more just when I thought I’d reached my limit. Absolutely recommend! — Brett Hamby
“Robin’s Viola Spolin Workshop is unlike any other. It has helped me find the fun that I had been missing in my acting. I’m more relaxed in my own body now, which helps me be confident when I perform. I would definitely take the workshop again and recommend it to others.” — Jessica Cruz
“The workshop reminded me how to play and to not take myself too seriously. Love taking risks, trying new things, and that there is no right or wrong. It was fun, engaging, relaxing, explorative, and insightful.” — Tabitha Tao
“Robin’s Viola Spolin Improvisation Workshop helped liberate the restraints I had place on my imagination from a fear of rejection. It was fun to create with others and explore their creations.” — Annie To