Viola Spolin

Viola Spolin was the creator of theatre games. Anyone can play them, learn to stay in the moment, and allow whatever magic is created to freely flow. While Viola’s games provide an absolutely essential element for the actor (by teaching him/her to trust his instincts and to remain open & relaxed), they are also beneficial to any individual looking to tap into his/her intuitive side in order to build confidence and creativity. And they’re fun!

“Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater… [Audience, actor—both are players!]
If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach.” —Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater

For more information about Viola Spolin, check out the Viola Spolin Biography and The Spolin Games from The Spolin Center.



This "Improv Legends" documentary short explores the influential work of the legendary Viola Spolin:

Viola Spolin discusses her work in a 1987 interview: