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Transformation through Training

Symposium on the Suzuki Method for Actor Training

May 31 - June 3, 2017

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Often we hear acting referred to as a form of play. But we must be careful how we define ‘play’ in the theatre. For me, this ‘play’ is not simply an attempt to amuse oneself or others, but a way to make people think critically of the world and struggle to ponder the ways we might improve it.

- Tadashi Suzuki, from “The Lonely Village” in Culture is the Body (TCG 2015)


In honor of SITI Company’s 25th Anniversary season, Skidmore College was proud to present Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga in their return to Saratoga Springs to perform The Trojan Women for two nights only on June 2 & 3.

SITI hosted Transformation through Training: Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training from May 31 - June 3.  The symposium included a keynote lecture by Tadashi Suzuki, round table discussions, master classes with both SCOT and SITI, and the performance of The Trojan Women.

All of the panel discussions, as well as Mr. Suzuki’s keynote address, were live streamed by Scroll down to watch archived videos of these conversations!


Symposium Schedule: 

Please click here to download the Symposium Schedule.


Live-streamed in collaboration with Howlround:

  • Thursday, June 1: 9:15 - 10:30 AM (EDT): Conversation #1: History. Panelists Tom Hewitt, Ellen Lauren, and Sandy Robbins discuss the history of SCOT’s work and how they each first encountered the company. The panel is moderated by Norman Frisch.

  • Friday, June 2: 9:30 - 11:00 AM (EDT): Conversation #2: Training. Panelists Akiko Aizawa, Will Bond, Mark Corkins, and Jeffrey Fracé discuss the impact of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training on their artistic work and career trajectories. The conversation is moderated by J.Ed Araiza.

  • Friday, June 2: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT): Conversation #3: Legacy. Theater companies Nine Years Theatre (Singapore), The Syndicate (International), and Vueltas Bravas Producciones (International) discuss the enduring legacy of SCOT and SITI and their impact on the next generation of theater artists. The conversation is moderated by Barney O’Hanlon and Stephen Webber.

  • Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 AM (EDT): Conversation #4: Tadashi Suzuki in conversation with Anne Bogart, translated by Kameron Steele. Tadashi Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) based in Toga Village, located in the mountains of Toyama prefecture. He is the organizer of Japan’s first international theatre festival (Toga Festival), and the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Anne Bogart is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program.




If you have questions regarding programming for the Symposium, please e-mail Megan Hanley at

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