This is our introductory workshop covering the work of Viola Spolin, presented by international guest and master improvisation teacher Gary Schwartz, who had an 18 year association with her.
7pm to 10pm Friday 6 April 2018.
The exact location will be confirmed closer to the workshop, but will be in the inner west of Sydney.
Her work is often greatly misunderstood as just a bunch of theatre games. So Gary has developed for us a 3 hour workshop covering the core principles, techniques and methods of Viola Spolin.
Viola Spolin’s work includes her ground breaking 1963 book Improvisation for the Theater, and many others on acting, directing and improvisation over the following 30 years. If you’re an actor or improvisor, then you would have used her exercises in acting, improv or team building workshops or played her games on stage or with Theatresports. She made a huge contribution to acting and directing techniques that are used and taught in most acting schools around the world, and many schools even have curriculums based purely on her teachings.
This workshop is presented by Gary Schwartz, who began working with Spolin in 1977, is one of the few remaining people who have worked extensively with her, and is the only teacher endorsed by both Viola Spolin, and her son Paul Sills, founder of the legendary Compass Players and The Second City. He has way too many acting and voice credits to mention, with highlights being characters in Valve’s Team Fortress 2 and Bioware’s Stars Wars: Old Republic.
This is Gary’s second visit to Sydney, after his sold out series of workshops two years ago.