Drop In Classes

SITI is continuing Drop In Classes in 2019! 




This two-and-a-half hour Suzuki and Viewpoints class is a conducted at a basic level. This class will include an introduction to the Suzuki forms and Viewpoints terminology. This class is also a great return to the fundamentals for those that have been prior experience with the training and would like to more deeply explore some of the basic concepts. Both Suzuki Technique and the Viewpoints will be explored in each class.

All Level

This two-and-a-half hour Suzuki and Viewpoints class is open to all levels of experience. Basic knowledge of the Suzuki forms and Viewpoints terminology is useful, but not required. Both Suzuki Technique and the Viewpoints will be explored in each class.

If you’ve never attended a class before, we suggest starting with a Basic level class and progressing to All Levels. However, you are welcome to join an All Levels class as your first class if that works best for your schedule. 


All Level – 1st  and 3rd Sunday of the Month

Basic  – 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month (5th Sunday of the Month when applicable)


If you have any questions about which level class is right for you, please reach out to training@siti.org.



Training Text

For all classes, please memorize the following text. Note the breaths are marked and should also be memorized.

Midway text
From The Inferno By Dante Alighieri- English Translation by Robert Pinsky
First Canto:

~*~ indicates a breath point


Midway on our life’s journey I found myself in dark woods

The right road lost. ~*~

To tell about those woods is hard, so tangled and rough

And savage, that thinking of it now I feel the old fear stirring; ~*~

Death is hardly more bitter.


A brief introduction to Suzuki and Viewpoints:


Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principle concern is with 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.

In addition to understanding the physical forms, the metaphysics of the training -issues that address the invisible world of the actor and cultivate courage, curiosity, and hope- are core values anchored at the heart of this training. The training seeks to draw an artist’s potential out, rather than put on a style or singular point of view. The skills it seeks to cultivate lie at the heart of any work an artist wishes to make in the world of performance.


The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the  post-modern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with - time and space - into six categories, the Six Viewpoints. Since that time the SITI Company has continued to research and expand her original notions and adapted them for actors. Terminology is drawn as much from the visual art world as live performance. 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.

When: Sundays, 3:30 - 6:00pm

Where: Peter Zeisler Studio, 520 8th Avenue Suite 310, New York, NY 10018

Cost: $40/class

Buy 5, get one free. $200 ($40 savings)