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“The intuitive comes bearing its gifts in the moment of spontaneity.”   –  Viola Spolin


IraColorActing coach Ira Sakolsky invites you to a workshop based on the improvisational theatre games of Viola Spolin and Paul Sills (co-founder of the Second City in Chicago and originator of the Tony Award-winning ‘Story Theatre’).

The games allow students to absorb theatre skills organically, without any conscious effort. The workshop is designed to bring a spirit of spontaneity and play to your work and life. Theatre games were used to train many film & television stars including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. It is open to and suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced players. Suitable for students aged 16+. Students are asked to dress comfortably to move.

Ira Sakolsky has worked as an actor in Film, TV, Radio, Broadway and Off-Broadway. He has taught improvisational acting technique for more than 30 years, working with Paul Sills and his daughter Aretha Sills who is dedicated to preserving the pureness of Paul’s and Viola Spolin’s work.  Ira owns Riverway Studio in East Haddam, an award-winning music and production studio.

This workshop will run on Monday nights for six weeks starting Sept. 8th at the Ivoryton Playhouse Rehearsal Room in Centerbrook from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Fee: $175.  Advance  payment required.  Please send checks made payable to Ivoryton Playhouse to:  Theatre Games Workshop, Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT  06442.

For more information about the workshop or to sign up, please contact Ira Sakolsky at 860-873-3404 or email:

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