Will Bond and Ellen Lauren in SITI Company's Chess Match No. 5, photo by Maria Baranova
June 3 – 30, 2018
Sixty artists are invited to take part in an intensive workshop that includes rigorous, physical work, extensive research, and the generation and performance of new work by each participant. The program's objective is to develop courageous theater artists who are able to integrate new influences from many disciplines into their work. The curriculum is designed for pre-professional and professional artists.
SITI Company, now in its 25th year, was built on the bedrock of ensemble with the belief that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together over time can have a significant impact upon contemporary theater and the world at large. Through performances, educational programs and collaborations with other artists and thinkers, SITI Company challenges the status quo, trains to achieve artistic excellence in every aspect of their work, and offers new ways of defining artists as global citizens. SITI Company is committed to creating opportunities where the interaction of ideas, artists and audiences inspire the possibility for change, optimism and hope.
New in 2018!
This year, accepted artists will join SITI in researching Euripides’ The Bacchae. Each week, participants will stage 10-minute compositions based upon this classical text; practice speaking as a chorus and a soloist; and study movement as an essential tool of expression for performers and directors. In the final week of the program, the entire ensemble will rehearse and perform an adaptation of the play that draws from the compositions of the previous weeks. This epic work will be directed by Anne Bogart, and feature approximately 50 actors, 12 assistant directors and will be performed for an invited audience on the final night of the program. Join SITI for this extraordinary experience of staging and performing a truly unique approach to The Bacchae.
For this first time this summer, SITI is pleased to offer a Directors Track as part of the annual summer intensive. Experienced theater directors have the option to apply for one of the 12 director slots in the program. Participants in this track will participate in all training sessions, including daily Suzuki & Viewpoints practice and working as performers in Speaking and Moving class. Participants in the Directors Track will also have the opportunity to:
- direct an ensemble of their peers in new compositions each week;
- meet once a week with SITI’s Co-Artistic Directors Anne Bogart and Leon Ingulsrud to discuss their work and questions related to the art of directing; and
- assist Anne in the final week of the program to create a final showing of work, a 50-person adaptation based on The Bacchae.
We expect that applications for the Directors Track will be competitive. Acceptance will be made on the basis of past directing experience, clarity of vision in the application questions, and SITI’s desire to cultivate a diverse Directors’ cohort for this program. If you are not accepted to the Directors’ track, you may still be offered a place on the Performers Track, and we hope that you will still choose to participate as a performer.
Transformation Through Training: SITI Alumni Convening
If you’ve trained with SITI before, inquire about Transformation through Training, our second convening of international artists and scholars whose work has been influenced by the two actor training methods shared at SITI, the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints.
Artists, educators, and scholars are invited to attend this vital weekend of training, conversation, and performance. Participants will contribute to the first rehearsal and showing of SITI’s Theater Piece No. 1, directed by Anne Bogart. In addition, all participants will receive one ticket to SITI’s performance of Chess Match No. 5 on Friday, June 22. On-campus housing and meal plans at Skidmore College are available. Please visit www.siti.org/convening2018 for a complete schedule of the weekend’s events.