International Symposium for Directors

Date: July 3- 31, 2012

Teaching Artists

Session One: July 3 – 17, 2012
Stephan KoplowitzSite Specificity and the Director’s Eye
Neil LaBute and Marco CalvaniThe Truth on the Stage
Leigh FondakowskiMoment Work
Karin KoonrodThe Tempest and Image of the Sea

Session Two: July 17 – 31, 2012
John Moran Devising Work Using Pre-Determined Melodic Structures
Dr. Fadil Jaf
Elements of Meyerhold
Yoji Sakate
Japanese Theatre Tradition
Melanie JosephWhy Do We Make Theatre? And for Whom?

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The International Symposium for Directors is a training program for professional directors, choreographers and actors. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. During the Symposium, participants will travel to Umbrian towns such as Orvieto, Perugia  or Assisi to get a taste of Umbrian art and culture. Performances at local arts festivals and community fairs are also included.  In addition, participating directors may conduct their own workshops to share insights and techniques with their colleagues.

Participants will be exposed to a variety of theatrical perspectives during the Symposium, from instructors who will expand their sense of what is possible in the theatre. Directors attending the Symposium see how prominent artists on the international scene create their unique productions. The workshops are participatory, and it is expected that all attendees will engage actively in the processes of the various teaching artists.

PREVIOUS TEACHING ARTISTS include Patrick Acogny, Min Soo Ahn,  JoAnne Akalaitis, Ayla Algan, JoAnne Akalaitis, Seth Barrish, Nilo Berrocal, Anne Bogart,  Malick Bowens, Ivica Buljan, Ping Chong, Leigh Fondakowski, Françoise Gründ, Baba Israel, Rhodessa Jones, John Jesurun, Meng Jinghui, Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Anton Juan, Jonas Jurasas, Maxine Klein, Jan Klug, Lisa Kron, Tina Landau, Jean-Guy Lecat, Yuri Lyubimov, Arben Kumbaro, Tina Landau, Ola Mafalaani, Ruth Maleczech, Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari, Diana Milošević, Giancarlo Nanni, Alida Neslo, Yoshi Oida, Mary Overlie, Andrea Paciotto, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, Naum Panovski, Enrique Pardo, Annie-B Parson, Federico Restrepo, Bernardo Rey, Thomas Richards, Luca Ronconi, Dorcy Rugamba, Larry Sacharow, Richard Schechner, Ong Keng Sen, Andrei Serban, Peggy Shaw, Theodora Skipitares, Vladia Smocek, Wlodzimierz Staniewski, Ellen Stewart, Denise Stoklos, Jun Tanaka, Vito Taufer, Petar Todorov, Liangtee Tue, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Lois Weaver, Putu Wijaya, Rina Yerushalmi and Joel Zwick.

While most of the time will be spent in workshops at La MaMa Umbria, at least one day has been set aside for excursions to nearby cities. We will attend at least one performance event at a local arts festival, which may include Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Spoleto Estate, Todiarte Festival in Todi, etc. There may also be opportunities to see additional performances on an ad hoc basis.
The group will visit nearby towns such as Perugia, Umbria’s capital, Deruta, where world-famous ceramics are still painted by hand or Assisi, where the famous Cathedral of St. Francis has reopened after extensive renovation and reconstruction.
In addition, we will share an old fashioned Italian tradition, a sagra, or community celebration dedicated to celebrating the specialties produced by small Umbrian villages (such as truffles, olive oil and wine.) Sagras typically include an abundance of locally prepared specialty foods, local wines, entertainment, costumes and games.

In addition to our internationally renowned guest teaching artists, there will be an opportunity for you and your colleagues to share exercises and techniques with each other in late night sessions. You may propose a special workshop to offer in one of the late (after dinner) sessions. Use the space on the registration form to describe what you would share. Not all proposals will be accepted based on time and space availability.

The La MaMa International Symposium is accredited through Sarah Lawrence College. While the Symposium is geared for working professionals, some slots may be filled by university students, who may get credit (2 credits for one session of the Symposium and 1 credit for the Retreat) for their participation through an arrangement with Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please contact La MaMa at +1 (212) 254-6468.

Located in Bronxville, New York, Sarah Lawrence College is a long recognized pioneer in creative education, as a liberal arts college with a focus on collaborative undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts. The learning process emphasized utilizes a diverse, global vocabulary, as students explore individual artistic techniques and experiment with connections among theater, writing, art, music, dance and emerging technologies. For more information about Sarah Lawrence College, please visit

One 2-Week Session is $2,700. If you take both sessions, it will be $5,000. Fee includes all workshops, housing and meals, ground transportation from the Rome airport to and from La MaMa Umbria, excursions by bus, van or car, including one ticket to a performance at local festival (see above), entrance fees to museums and other points of interest. Airfare is not included in the price. Round trip airfare at special rates may be available through our recommended travel agent. Call for more information.

Space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants must fill out the Registration Form. Space is secured with a deposit of $1,000 due with the registration form. $100 of the deposit is a non-refundable processing fee (unless the  Symposium is already full when we receive your registration.) All fees should be paid in US dollars in the form of checks or money orders payable to La MaMa ETC. In the case that a participant cannot attend the Symposium after having paid, 50% of the fee will be refunded if the participant cancels by June 20, 2011. After this date, the fee will not be refundable.


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