The Actors Centre

Viewpoints: An Introduction

WHAT IS IT? A practical introduction to the fundamentals of Viewpoints as articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie and adapted for actors and directors by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. HOW WILL IT WORK? Participants will be introduced to the basic principles of Viewpoints, work with the technique on an individual level and as part of an ensemble, and possibly apply the technique to a chosen or volunteered piece of text. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?Viewpoints allows artists - alone or together - to create work spontaneously and intuitively. It fosters a sense of ensemble, as well as deepens the individual’s sensitivity whilst onstage whether in rehearsal or performance. The practice of Viewpoints develops your ability to read what is being made in the process of making it. Viewpoints ultimately strengthens your articulation, and clarifies emotional, intellectual and physical flexibility. Price: £30.


Jay Paul Skelton

Jay is a practice-as-research doctoral candidate at Kingston University where his work centres on the intersection of Viewpoints and Stanislavsky. He was trained in Viewpoints by the SITI Company (Anne Bogart, Artistic Director) in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2015. He has also provided workshops at Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College and Kingston University. Jay was Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame (2004-2012) where he also served as Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, the professional theatre in residence. He received his MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and MA in Classical Theatre from Kingston University. Jay has written, produced, or directed over 125 productions in London, New York, Chicago and Boston. 


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