Skidmore Summer Intensive

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.

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 Rachel’s, and the American folk myth of John Henry.

Skidmore 2021

“Moments of disruption are important for artists because in moments of uncertainty and even panic, artists are the ones who can return us to clarity.”

Anne Bogart

Applications are open on the Skidmore website.

In our 28th year, SITI Company and Skidmore College are moving our Summer Theater Intensive online as an adjustment to the pandemic. After a year of remote explorations on zoom, SITI and Skidmore are confident that we can translate this formative experience to an online format that challenges artists around the world, just as we have done since 1992. The program will not seek to replicate the in-person experience of the past, but instead to translate the values of our traditional program into a new medium.

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.

The program will include SITI Company’s core Training of Suzuki and Viewpoints, classes addressing specific techniques for devising work, as well as additional content including a series of new lectures by Anne Bogart.

MORNING TRAINING // SUZUKI & VIEWPOINTS
A virtual approach to learning the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Viewpoints, SITI’s online training is specifically designed to challenge first time practitioners as well as experienced artists. The training is shared using physical demonstrations, graphics, and individual guidance. Participants will learn in an environment of safety and clarity. Our three-week intensive will take advantage of what distance learning does best by adapting the training to each participant’s own space while celebrating the act of training together across distance. 

In the first week, artists will be split into training groups based on their experience level, allowing each artist to get individualized attention, whether they are meeting the training for the first time or returning for deeper exploration. In the final week of the program, artists will be mixed with different levels. This mix will allow artists to learn from each other under the guidance and attention of SITI Company Members.

COMPOSITION // ENSEMBLE
Afternoons include the generation of original work in Composition, which gives participants the opportunity to practice the application of the skills examined in training. Individual feedback and dialogue with SITI Company members will take place at regular intervals, and all classes are taught by SITI artists. Throughout the three-week program, artists will create solos and group pieces with the international ensemble of participants.

In this singular moment of history, the obstacles to ensemble seem insurmountable, but the value of coming together in sophisticated ways is also heightened. Because of this, we want to examine the concept of ensemble, in all its complexity, as a pathway to the future.  

ANNE’S LECTURES

“Over the next 2 years SITI Company is transitioning to become a resource center for individual artists and for companies, and to remain a lighthouse for the art of ensemble.”  

Anne Bogart

Each week, Anne Bogart will present from her extraordinary lecture series based upon significant moments in history, or ‘big bangs, that altered the course of theater making,” specifically looking at the development of ensemble.

Rather than approaching the history of theater chronologically, this lecture series examines nine social, historic and cultural moments that engendered nine significant artistic eruptions. Each one profoundly affected the art of theater direction. Little by little, these creative breakthroughs came to form elements of the toolbox that contemporary theater makers have available to them.

For more information:
SITI Company: http://siti.org/training

Suzuki Method: http://www.scot-suzukicompany.com/en/

Viewpoints: http://www.sixviewpoints.com/