The Suzuki Method of Actor Training & Viewpoints
Advance Registration for IBPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ and disabled artists
October 2 - 8, 2023
In Person - PTE's Gendis Studio
October 30 – November 2, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Maximum Participants: 20
ASL interpretation will be available upon request.
The Suzuki Method
Developed by internationally acclaimed director, Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Actor Training Method's principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor's innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor's emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor's breath control and concentration.
The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with - time and space - into six categories. She called her approach the Six Viewpoints. Since that time, Artistic Director Anne Bogart and SITI Company have expanded her notions and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
ABOUT THOMAS MORGAN JONES
For over 20 years, Thomas has been working as an award-winning director, playwright, movement director, dramaturg, teacher, and arts leader. He has trained in Viewpoints with SITI Company in New York City, Paris, Madrid, Fredericton, Winnipeg and online. He is currently the artistic director of Prairie Theatre Exchange on Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg.