“SITI Company has created a strong alternative approach to the traditional Stanislavski Method Acting School of Training in the United States and abroad. As an artistic collective that trains together, SITI has helped change the United States theater community’s thinking about the relationship between artists and institutions.”—Molly Smith, Artistic Director, Arena Stage
SITI has transitioned out of being a producing company. While SITI will not produce any more training workshops, the SITI Alumni community remains active and former ensemble members are open to teaching the training around the world. If you are an alum, we hope you’ll join the Alumni Network to connect with other artists who continue to train together. If you are an educational institution or theatrical organization who would like to bring Emeritus Artists to work with your community, please email us or contact Emeritus Artists directly.
ABOUT THE TRAINING: Mary Overlie’s Viewpoint work deeply influenced Anne Bogart, and the Company continues to teach an evolving form of Viewpoints, inspired, informed and rooted in Overlie’s work. The world-renowned director Tadashi Suzuki was instrumental in the founding of SITI Company and continues to support SITI’s work and teaching of the Suzuki Method, which seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. The direct lineage of SITI’s training with these pioneers has made Company members uniquely qualified to introduce artists to both of these essential and innovative techniques for nearly thirty years.
Each year, sixty artists were invited to take part in an intensive workshop that included rigorous, physical work, theoretical research, and the generation and performance of new work by each participant. The program’s objective was to develop courageous theater artists who are able to integrate new influences from many disciplines into their work. The curriculum was designed for pre-professional and professional artists.
The SITI Conservatory did not aspire to be a traditional school. Instead, we invited 15-20 artists to become part of our company’s life for a year. Every weekday, they trained, rehearsed, devised, and collaborated with SITI Company members. In addition, Conservatory artists formed their own ensembles within SITI, creating independent new work.