Sixty artists are invited to take part in an intensive workshop that includes rigorous, physical work, theoretical research, and the generation and performance of new work by each participant. The program’s objective is to develop courageous theater artists who are able to integrate new influences from many disciplines into their work. The curriculum is designed for pre-professional and professional artists and is available for Skidmore College undergraduate credit.
Artists train daily in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints with SITI Company Members. This core training is the foundation of the summer intensive. In the afternoon, participants take a rotation of classes in Movement, Speaking, Dramaturgy, and Composition with Anne Bogart. Composition class includes a weekly assignment to create new ensemble works, including a final piece presented for the public.
Each Summer SITI chooses composition material based on a work (or works) being created by the company. Past summers have focused on the plays, such as Macbeth, The Three Sisters, and The Bacchae. Other years have spanned a body of material, such as the life and work of Bob Rauschenberg, the music of the post-rock band Rachels’, and the American folk myth of John Henry.
The 2020 Skidmore Summer Intensive was cancelled due to COVID-19. Skidmore College and SITI Company are working hard to make plans for the 2021 Intensive.