SITI Company Visit
Stephen Webber of the world-renowned SITI company (http://siti.org/) will come to Wake Forest to teach Viewpoints and Suzuki technique to WFU and UNCSA students in Theatre and Dance in January of 2018.
History: A seven-time Obie winner with a history of innovative work, SITI Compay is an ensemble-based theater company led by Anne Bogart dedicated to creating and touring bold new productions both nationally and internationally, and to training of young theater artists. SITI was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI has expanded to encompass a year-round program based in New York City with a summer season in Saratoga. SITI believes that contemporary American theater must necessarily incorporate artists from around the world and learn from the resulting cross-cultural exchange of dance, music, art, and performance experiences. Since 1992, SITI Company has developed quite an extensive repertoire, including re-imaginings and re-workings of classics such as Antigone, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Orestes.
Philosophy: It is through the dialogue between Suzuki and Viewpoints, these two very distinct, yet complimentary approaches to the art of acting that the philosophy and technique of SITI Company is continually explored, revitalized, and articulated. One of the most important aspects of SITI’s work is the teaching of our training techniques to actors and theater artists throughout the United States and the world. Each year, we find ourselves in studios, working with old friends as well as a constantly growing number of new faces. In addition to the workshops, SITI members are on the faculties of institutions such as The Juilliard School, New York University, and Columbia University. The Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training are two distinct methods of actor training used in building and staging SITI productions. SITI Compay members have been trained by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki and are uniquely qualified to introduce and train other theater artists in these challenging and innovative methods.