The symposium included three master classes in which members of SITI Company put participants through the demanding paces of the Suzuki exercises.
thanks to the perpetuation of his training by SITI Company and other devoted teachers.
And in his emotional welcome to the symposium, SITI co-artistic director Leon Ingulsrud put it plainly: "This is not an accident.
Cummings, who teaches and directs plays in the Theatre Department of Boston College, is the author of Remaking American Theater: Charles Mee, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company and other writings about contemporary U.
Note: SITI does not do Cats, although producer Cameron Mackintosh would purr for SITI's brand of genius.
The SITI actors do all that gorgeous Suzuki-steeped stomping to music by West that sounds like what you'd hear if Bertolt Brecht picked you up for a ride in his rickshaw.
But she agrees that finding the home SITI needs means getting to the right place, not just any place.
The solution that comes most readily to mind in terms of a home for SITI, of course, is an educational setting in which the company can teach--probably a university, perhaps a school with a proud undergraduate theatre program but no graduate MFA component.
It's going to have to be a rare academic environment," Zeder says, "one that allows autonomy to be recognized as a strength, as opposed to trying to make SITI fit into an academic mode that's more suited to liberal arts or the sciences.
What Bogart and SITI have to find," Zeder says, "is some place where the company's structure is not constantly having to be defended.
ONE IMPORTANT AND WELCOME assurance offered by managing director Szalla: The SITI coffers are in good shape.