Author: Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart

The Experience of Theater

someone sees a play. they ask, what's it about? i'm, like, you just saw it. it's "about" the experience you just had. ... blank face. ... but what's it about? they ask again. ... hmm. maybe it's time… more
Anne Bogart

Welcome to My Party!

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. (Henry Miller) During the late 1990s SITI Company regularly led two and three-week summer workshops in Los Angeles during which… more
Anne Bogart

Ways of Seeing

Perhaps we could say that the power of theatre is that it gives us the opportunity of a sustained gaze where we can move slowly from looking to seeing. In such moments of ocular transmutation, we… more
Anne Bogart

Ghosts

The thing about the past is that it’s not the past. (old Irish saying) Perhaps the theater is a form of eulogy and our job is to raid the graveyard regularly. The ways in which we remember dead… more
Anne Bogart

Conversation or Violence

We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That's it. Conversation and violence. (Sam Harris) You push me and then I push you back. If I do… more
Anne Bogart

What is True What is False

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket; I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant… more
Anne Bogart

Making Decisions Together

My close friends who are jazz aficionados usually are surprised and puzzled by my aversion to a great deal of contemporary jazz. They assume that I would love all jazz because of my affinity for music… more
Anne Bogart

Hold Your Seat

On a recent evening in Santa Monica I saw Bo Burnham’s new film “Eighth Grade.” I walked out of the cinema in a daze and remained haunted by it for quite some time afterwards. In the film, a… more
Anne Bogart

Influence

I currently serve on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the union for directors and choreographers. Recently at Board meetings and, in fact, amidst many… more
Anne Bogart

The Art of Restraint

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible. -(Mahatma Gandhi) My British wife Rena recently returned to New York after a period of time in London. On her first… more
Anne Bogart

Intentional Civics

Up on his political soapbox, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore insists that now is the moment for non-politicians to take action by running for political office.  What does “running for… more
Anne Bogart

Entertainment

There’s a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.(Leonard Cohen) I graduated from high school in Middletown, Rhode Island in June of 1969. Yes, that 1969 – the year of… more
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Conscious Action

We attempt in vain to describe the character of a man; but a description of his actions and his deeds will create for us a picture of his character.(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Action is the essential… more