In this third Leverhulme Lecture, Anne Bogart will examine her pioneering work with Saratoga International Theater Institute, which she co-founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki, as well as considering the shifting role of the director and director training practices.
Anne Bogart’s Leverhulme Trust professorship facilitates a long-anticipated series of conversations on the histories and philosophies of actor training and the role of the director and coach.
Over the past forty years, Professor Bogart has developed a reputation as one of the most important and urgent voices working at the intersection of theatre practice and academia; she commands respect as both a scholar and teacher as well as a director internationally, and has been the recipient of major awards including Guggenheim, Doris Duke and Rockefeller Fellowships as well as receiving the Career Achievement Award from ATHE in 1999. Co-founder of the SITI Company with Tadashi Suzuki in 1992, Bogart was one of the earliest American directors to insist on the importance of working across transnational practices and training. Building her work with SITI as well as through her long teaching career, Bogart has long insisted on the value of training and in-depth research as the basis of the theatre-maker’s art. Working with Mary Overlie and others at NYU in the early 1980s, Bogart focused on developing a theatre language that emphasizes the compositional aspect of the theatre work and incorporates a series of diverse influences to create an eclectic, unique and vivid postmodern approach to theatre. Viewpoints, which is now synonymous with her name, draws inspiration and bases from key training techniques and diverse sources, including Stanislavsky’s late emphasis on stage action, Overlie’s articulation of View Points for postmodern dance and the work of a number of other contemporary theatre makers, including Robert LePage, Robert Wilson and Meredith Monk. Bogart is one of the most significant international figures working in the US theatre today, and has shaped theatre scholarship for over four decades.
The Anne Bogart Leverhulme lecture series will speak thematically to a range of interests to theatre makers, academics, students and those involved or interested in the creative process, whether in art, business or daily life.
6 Mar 2019 - 7:00pm