Interview with Anne Bogart
“I do have a problem with the Method, and I do think the misunderstanding of the Stanislavsky system has essentially destroyed the American Theatre.”
SITI training summary
VIEWPOINTS AND THE SUZUKI METHOD – A LECTURE BY DONNIE MATHER (SITI company member) Abstract This lecture, presented at the opening of the 2nd Engrupedança conference at UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro in 2009, reviews the main points of the Viewpoints training method, as seen through the personal experience of actor Donnie Mather with SITI Company, directed by Anne Bogart. The text lists the content of the different viewpoints and describes the training, its applications and results through examples from various productions of SITI Company. Donnie Mather also introduces the Suzuki method which, according to him, complements the Viewpoints training.
“Ever since I was a teenager, I have written in a journal. This daily action provides me with the space and time to practice forging sentences and paragraphs and to develop a point-of-view in relation to my daily experiences and encounters. I equate the Viewpoints with this activity. Together, within a Viewpoints improvisation, we collectively study the art of writing theatrical fiction upon the stage using the tools of time and space. And we practice on a daily basis. We base our writing upon what we are reading from the space, from one another, from the audience and from the situation from moment to moment.”
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