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Skidmore College
Summer Theater Workshop with SITI Company

 

About the Workshop

THE MEDIUM, photo by Richard Trigg

The Medium, premiered in 1993, photo by Richard Trigg

June 12 – July 1, 2022

THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM  

The program’s objective is to develop courageous theater artists who are able to integrate into their work new influences from many disciplines. The curriculum is designed for pre-professional and professional artists and all classes are taught in English. If English is not your first language, and you have questions or concerns, please contact the workshop office. This is not an introductory theater training program. The applicant pool varies from year-to-year, but typically applicants range in age from upper-level undergraduate students to seasoned professionals in the field.

SITI’s training is rigorous and physically challenging. All students are expected to fully participate and perform in all classes and rehearsals to the best of their ability. Applicants with questions or concerns about their own participation are encouraged to contact the Office of Special Programs.  Every effort and consideration will be given to accommodate global participants and the world clock in the schedule of activities.

Ensemble Participation:  Although the 2022 intensive will be delivered online, existing ensembles, or ensembles pre-formed for this experience, are encouraged to apply and train together in-person if safety conditions permit in their locale. Parameters listed below are necessary for teachers to provide all students with personalized attention.  

2 Artists

$20 Application fee per person

Each artist must submit required application materials

If accepted, each artist receives $200 reduction in tuition

Both artists must train on screen using one device

Additional Financial Aid possible

3 – 6 Artists

$20 application fee per person

Each artist must submit required application materials

The total tuition cost for the ensemble is $3,700 (for 3, 4, 5 or 6 artists total)

Two artists must train on screen during class

(6 artists = 3 devices with screens)

Financial Aid not available to ensemble participants.

View a Sample Daily Schedule Here

Morning Training (Eastern Standard Time):  Suzuki and The Viewpoints

The morning schedule will offer a virtual approach to the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints. Online training is specifically designed to challenge first time practitioners as well as experienced artists. Participants will learn in an environment of safety and clarity. The training is shared using physical demonstrations, graphics, and individual guidance. This intensive will take advantage of what distance learning does best by adapting to serve participants in their own space while celebrating the act of training together across distance. 

In the first two weeks, artists will be split into training groups based on their experience level, which will allow each artist to get individualized attention whether they are training for the first time or returning for deeper exploration. In the final week of the program, the levels will be mixed to allow artists to learn from one another under the guidance and attention of SITI Company Members.

Afternoon and Evening Schedule:  Composition and Ensemble

Afternoons will include the following classes: Speaking, Movement, and Composition. These classes, taught and developed by SITI artists over 30 years, are unique to the Skidmore experience. Individual feedback for participants and dialogue with SITI Company members is offered at regular intervals. Participants will apply the skills examined in training to the creation of new work. Throughout the three-week program, artists will create and perform solos and group pieces. Ensemble artists should plan to work within their existing ensembles. Individual artists will form new ensembles for the duration of the program. The obstacles to working in ensemble can seem insurmountable in our contemporary world, but the ability to come together to collectively make decisions, to solve problems, and to envision and create new solutions are essential skills for artists to practice.

Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principal concern is restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control and concentration.

Viewpoints

The Viewpoints technique grew out of the post-modern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie who broke down the dominant issues performers deal into six categories, the Six Viewpoints. Since that time, SITI Company has continued to research and explore her original work. The language of the Viewpoints allows the individual artist a way to practice observing the present moment with increasing sensitivity, and to respond with greater range. The Viewpoints also allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement for both the individual and ensemble.

TRAINING AT HOME

Accepted students should plan for several hours of morning training, a break for lunch, several hours of afternoon sessions with additional time needed for collaborative work and study outside the online classroom.  Additional supplemental evening activities will be offered. The program will be held Monday through Friday and participants will be expected to attend all classes; no classes will be held on the weekends.

Students should have access to a dedicated workspace with room to move and a computer or tablet. Additional details will be provided to accepted students in the spring. All classes will be taught using Zoom.