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Paul Sills (I) (1927–2008)

Paul Sills is best remembered as Chicago's father of improvisation, the innovative co-founder/director of the celebrated Compass Players and Chicago's Second City improvisational comedy troupes. Sills sought to teach the comedy acting techniques of improvisation instilled in him by his mother, Viola Spolin, who once taught creative dramatics to ... See full bio »

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NET Playhouse Writer
Story Theatre Writer
Another Woman Birthday Party Guest


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 1971 Story Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1971)
 1969 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (conceived by - 1 episode)
- Story Theatre (1969) ... (conceived by)
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 1982 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Of Mice and Men (1982)
 1969 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (director - 1 episode)
- Story Theatre (1969) ... (director: stage production)
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 1988 Another Woman
Birthday Party Guest
 1977 The Practice (TV Series)
- Jules and Lenny (1977) ... Stephanie

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(June 6 to August 1, 1970) His play, "Paul Sills' Story Theatre" was performed at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. He was also director and developer. See more »

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5 Print Biographies | 7 Articles | See more »

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Theatre org. | Troupe

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Cofounder of Compass Players in Chicago with David Shepherd ( Manhattan, 10 October 1924--17 December 2018 Holyoke, Massachussets,). See more »

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