Paul Sills (Director) | Playbill

Paul Sills


Second City grew out of the Compass Players, a 1950s cabaret revue show that was started by some undergraduates at the University of Chicago. The group is credited as being "the first theatre company to use improvisational techniques to create the current-events-driven, sketch-comedy format," according to the Chicago Tribune. Among the Compass members at the time were Mr. Sills, Nichols, May and Harris, who later became Mr. Sills' first wife.

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  • Born: Nov 18, 1927
  • Death: Jun 02, 2008 in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin


Drama Desk Award
1971 Outstanding Director Winner
1971 Outstanding Director Winner

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