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Improvisation for the Theater ♦ Theater Games for Rehearsal ♦ The Lone Actor ♦ Theater Games for the Classroom CD ♦ Valerie Harper on Viola Spolin CD ♦ Spacewalks CD ♦ Excursions Into the Intuitive ♦ Viola Spolin Conducts Theater Games DVD
Viola Spolin: Improvisation for the Theater
Spolin changed the face of modern American theater with this book. It has trained 3 generations of actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television and film. These techniques have had a profound influence on the fields of education, mental health, social work, and psychology. A “must have” book.
“Spolin’s book is a visionary effort…it is hardly an overstatement to call it revolutionary…her practical and keen psychological insight will have a deep and wide impact on all directing and acting for the theater.” – Variety.
“Her book is the bible” – Rob Reiner
The creator of Theater Game techniques, teaching her own work. A one of a kind item.
This video tape was recorded in 1987 at the Los Angeles Music Center. Ms. Spolin leads a workshop with sixty school teachers. Her message to them is simple; Play these games in the classroom with your students and open up new ways of learning.
This tape comes with a printed teacher’s guide of the format Ms. Spolin uses. It also includes commentaries on the major aspects of Spolin philosophy and useful tips for teachers.
This video is not only a valuable teaching tool, it is also an important historical document.
NOW on DVD! with a convenient selectable menu to view specific games
Viola Spolin: Theater Games for the Classroom CD-ROM
In 1996, I proposed to Paul Sills an electronic version of the Theater Game Card File. I approached a student and former colleague of mine and gave him the model for the interactivity required in using the games on disc and he has taken the ball and run with it. The result is this excellent digital tool.
Spolin Games are now in an interactive format that allows you to quickly select, review and print out games for workshops, create lesson plans and take notes on your workshops as well as jump to references, commentaries, definitions and games in a mouse click.
Price: $39.95 + S&H
Spolin shows in easy-to-follow detail how her techniques can be used for a variety of theater situations, ranging from selecting plays to be performed, auditioning the cast, and building a harmonious company to warming up actors, creating stage space, and overcoming opening night jitters. The convenient, large format presents the Spolin method clearly, explains the uses of each game, and provides a wealth of useful hints and notes. Sidecoaching instructions and game evaluations appear in large, readable type for easy reference in the rehearsal hall. By making Spolin’s approach to scripted theater accessible for the first time to large audiences, Theater Games for Rehearsal will have a lasting effect on strategies of theatrical production.
Price: $19.00 + S&H
Spolin’s Theater Games for the Lone Actor offers theater games a side coaching for the solo player. Available for the first time, this handbook presents more than forty exercises that allow actors to side coach themselves at home, in rehearsal, or in performance. Building on her seminal Improvisation for the Theater, Spolin challenges the actor to develop an ability to enter present time, “a moment of full consciousness, awareness, continuous time, a timeless moment … with all of your responses awake and alert, ready to guide you…allowing you, the real you, or your natural self, to emerge.”
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Space is the substance through which we perceive the world and ourselves. It is an integral part of Spolin’s discipline. In this tape you will be side coached by Spolin herself. This is a kinesthetic meditation and as such, can be used to relax and refresh oneself. Running time: 42 minutes.
Price: $15.95 + S&H
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Valerie Harper on Viola Spolin, Theater Games, Second City, Story Theater and more!
NPR freelance journalist, Carol Gray recorded a conversation with Emmy winning actress Valerie Harper about her association with Viola Spolin and her connection to Spolin’s Theater Games.
She talks about the Second City and the founding actors who originally worked with both Paul Sills and Viola Spolin. In this candid and wide ranging interview, Harper paints a very clear picture of the early days of Second City and describes how Spolin’s work was essential in her artistic and professional career. She is energetic, passionate and very entertaining in this wonderful recounting of her connection to the “Mother of Improvisation”. Running time: 52 minutes and includes a profile of Viola Spolin by Carol Gray, originally aired on NPR in Feb. 1995
Price: $15.95 + S&H
This volume of poetry spans Viola’s life. Her poetry captures the ineffable qualities of experience that her work Produces. Many poems echo the Zen quality of her teaching. It is beautiful, profound and playful.
Price: $12.95 + S&H