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Friday, May 12 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
A Search for Community: Viola Spolin, Paul Sills and the Origins of Improvisational Theater in America

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Aretha Sills, Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works.

In 1955, Paul Sills’ called the new improvisational theater, Compass, “a search for a community.” Viola Spolin (originator of Theater Games and author of Improvisation for the Theater) and Paul Sills (founding director of Compass, The Second City, and Story Theater) created a form of theater that celebrated American ideals of liberty, community, and democracy. The talk will trace the roots of their work to the radical Progressive-era philosophies cultivated at Jane Addams’ Hull House in Chicago using stories, personal history, photographs, and Spolin and Sills' own words and writing. 

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Friday May 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
UC Irvine CAC 3100B

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