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Anne Bogart And Her Acting Technique
Ann Bogart is an award-winning American theatre director who co-founded the Saratoga International Theatre Institute and developed her own variation of the Viewpoints technique.
After graduating from Bard College in 1974, Bogart relocated to New York City to study further at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Whilst there she worked with creatives such as Richard Schechner, Ted Hoffman, Brooks McNamara, and Michael Kirby as she worked towards earning her masters.
In 1992, Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki formed the Saratoga International Theatre Institute: the focus of this school was on international cultural exchange, creating new work, the training of young artists and to encourage collaboration between theatre practitioners all around the world.
Viewpoints was originally an improvisational technique that was created by a choreographer by the name of Mary Overlie in the 1970s but was later developed further by Anne Bogart and another director Tina Landau, into their own understanding. This version provided a vocabulary for movement and gesture in a practical way for when artists where creating movement. The Bogart/Landau Viewpoints technique demands that actors remove emotion and narrative (that too easily dominates the thinking of the actor) and instead encourages them to play with isolated ideas that are not heavily reliant on a ‘story’.
There are six Viewpoints that can easily be remembered by the word ‘Systems’, however when considering Viewpoints it is important to note that the acronym is actually spelled SSTEMS and is just pronounced ‘systems’.
Anne Bogart has won two Best Director Obie Awards (No Plays No Poetry But Philosophical Reflections Practical Instructions Provocative Opinions and Pointers From a Noted Critic and Playwright, 1988 and The Baltimore Waltz, 1990), as well as the Bessie Award for Choreographer/Creator (South Pacific, 1984). To this day, Anne Bogart still serves as the Artistic Director of SITI Company – more information can be found at http://www.siti.org/ as well as an Associate Professor at Columbia University, where she leads the Graduate Directing Program run by this Ivy League school.
As a serious actor, you will read up on different techniques so as not only to know the difference between the most widely-used ones, but more importantly to be aware of the fact that all acting techniques are not the same and that it is important to find the one that works for you!
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You will want to be familiar not only with Anne Bogart, but also with the other more widely-used acting techniques.
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