Friday Night Improvisation Show

Tickets for our next performance are now on sale! Join us on April 28th 8:00pm at Alchemical Theater Lab New York City. Following the “Friday Night Improvisation Show” tradition from The New Actors Workshop, an acting conservatory founded by Paul Sills, Mike Nichols and George Morrison, our show features Viola Spolin’s theater games.

Here’s a little clip from New Actors Workshop’s show from 2009 from Ege Maltepe’s archive:

Spolin-Ist Players are a diverse group of New Yorkers; actors, writers, therapists, software engineers, filmmakers who LOVE Viola Spolin’s approach!

In this open workshop formatted show you’ll get to witness our process of “follow the follower”, and “heighten and explore”* in the land of unknown.

WHERE: Alchemical Theater Lab: 104 W 14th Street, 3rd Floor STUDIO A

WHEN: April 28, 8pm

WHO: Dylan Grunn, Cihangir Duman, Bridget Knapp, Josh Thomas, Matthew Dietz, Richard Grunn, Sophia Treanor, Aydın Baltacı, and Ege Maltepe (Director/side-coach).

WHAT: FUN!

HOW: Tickets are $5, get them online: http://www.improvisationshow.eventbrite.com

* Spolin’s famous side-coaching phrases. Known as the mother of improvisation in America, Viola Spolin changed theater for generations. Here‘s a recent article about the history of improvisation. And here is her extensive biography.

Snapshots from our Show!

We had a great time playing Viola Spolin’s Theater Games in front of our supportive audience in New York City. Follow us to be updated about our upcoming events!

Here’s a photo gallery from the show, click on the images to see enlarge them.

 

Improvisation Show ; Viola Spolin’s Theater Games

Spolin-Ist Players are a diverse group of New Yorkers; actors, writers, therapists, software engineers, filmmakers who LOVE Viola Spolin’s Theater Games! Now we are ready for our next performance. In this open workshop formatted show you’ll get to witness our process of “follow the follower”, and “heighten and explore”* in the land of unknown.

WHERE: Alchemical Theater Lab: 104 W 14th Street, 2nd Floor, New York NY.

WHEN: March 21, 8pm

WHO: Dylan Grunn, Cihangir Duman, Meaghan Adawe McLeod, Bridget Knapp, Josh Thomas, Matthew Dietz, Kenan Baysal, Aydın Baltacı, and Ege Maltepe (Director/side-coach).

WHAT: FUN!

HOW: Tickets are only $5, get them online: http://www.improvisationshow.eventbrite.com

* Spolin’s famous side-coaching phrases. Known as the mother of improvisation in America, Viola Spolin changed theater for generations. Here‘s a recent article about the history of improvisation. And here is her extensive biography.

 

Spolin Theater Games; Performance

Our weekly classes in New York continue to be more and more fun every week. Now our diverse group of players are getting ready to perform their next performance of Spolin’s Theater Games. Come and witness our process in this open workshop format show on March 14, 2017 at Alchemical Theater LAB on 14th street.

Tickets are only $5, get them early to save your seats ; http://www.improvisationshow.eventbrite.com

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Players; Dylan Grunn, Cihangir Duman, Diane Calvert, Bridget Knapp, Josh Thomas, Matt Dietz, Kenan Baysal, Aydın Baltacı, and Ege Maltepe (Director & side-coach)

Spolin-Ist Players #NewYork Performed Their First Show!

WHAT FUN! Players who have been following our Improvisation workshops performed their first Open Workshop Show on December 13, with side-coach/director Ege Maltepe .

Workshops in New York will resume in January, contact us to enroll and stay tuned for our future shows!

Spolin Improv Holiday Show

Join us for a fun night of Spolin Theater Games featuring Spolin-Ist players and sidecoach / director Ege Maltepe. Come and witness our process!

December 13, 8:00pm

Alchemical Theater Lab ; 104 W 14th Street, 2nd Floor.

Tickets are $5 available online : http://www.spolinopenworkshop.eventbrite.com – Space is limited, we encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Players; Kitty Chen, Dylan Grunn, Cihangir Duman, Diane Calvert, Armando Jose, Bridget Knapp, Josh Thomas, Kenan Baysal, Aydın Baltacı and Ege Maltepe.

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Viola Spolin

Viola Spolin was an actress, educator, director, author, and the creator of theater games, a system of actor training that uses games she devised to organically teach the formal rules of the theater. Her groundbreaking book Improvisation for the Theater transformed American theater and revolutionized the way acting is taught. Originally published in 1963 by Northwestern University Press, it remains an essential theater text. She developed her methods while working as a drama supervisor in Chicago for the WPA, at her Young Actors Company in Hollywood, and as Director of Workshops at The Second City. Her son, director Paul Sills, who is credited with popularizing her work, used her theater games when he co-founded Compass, Playwrights Theatre Club, The Second City, and created Story Theater. The modern improvisational theater movement is a direct outgrowth of Spolin’s methods, discoveries, and writings. Read more about this genius woman and her legacy ; http://www.violaspolin.org/bio

 

ege maltepe

Ege Maltepe

Spolin-Ist is led by Ege Maltepe who is the Turkish translator of Spolin’s seminal book; Improvisation for The Theater. Maltepe started her company SPOLIN-IST in 2009 in Istanbul after her graduation from New Actors Workshop – an acting conservatory in New York founded by Mike Nichols (Oscar award winner director who started his career as an improviser), George Morrison and Paul Sills (Viola Spolin’s son and the co-founder of Second City). Maltepe often travels to her home country, Turkey to lead workshops, in the meantime she’s gathering a performance group in New York.

Maltepe worked as an assistant teacher in New Actors Workshop for Movement Improvisation classes, and was the Stage Manager for the director Carol B. Sills, the editor of Spolin books, for the Story Theater Production of The Tao of Chuang Chou in 2010.

Ege Maltepe is an actress, director and playwright living in New York City. Please check her website for more information about her : http://www.egemaltepe.com

Summer 2016; Spolin-Ist style!

Spolin-ist’s Summer – 2016 ; Workshops in Istanbul (May & June) & weekly workshops in Central Park, New York along with Ege Maltepe‘s work on the Turkish translation of Viola Spolin ‘s seminal book; Improvisation For The Theater – That’s what we call an eventful summer!

Join us tomorrow August 30th at 6:30pm for the LAST Play Date in Central Park & drinks afterwards to say goodbye to the summer, Spolin-ist style!

Spolin-ist’in 2016 yazı; Mayıs-Haziran ayındaki Istanbul eğitimleri, ve New York Central Park’taki haftalık Spolin buluşmaları, bir yandan da Tiyatro için Doğaçlama ders kitabının Türkçe çevirisi – biz buna dolu dolu geçen bir yaz diyoruz! Yarın akşam New York Central Park’taki son açık hava dersi ile yaza veda edeceğiz. Çeviri ise devam ediyor… Takipte kalın 🙂