La MaMa Umbria: International Symposium for Directors

July 17 - August 16, 2019


Price: $2,800 for one session; $5,400 for both sessions

For the 20th year of the Directors' Symposium, July 17 - August 16, 2019, La MaMa Umbria is offering unique opportunities to learn from the world's finest directors, designers and theatre-makers. Please join us. Keep an eye on this page for continuing updates on visiting artists, workshops and other events.

Session One: July 17 - July 31, 2019:

Anne Bogart (USA)

Tina Landau (USA)

Annie-B Parson (USA)

Maya Zbib (Lebanon)

Session Two: August 2 - August 16, 2019:

Jean Guy Lecat (France)

Andrei Serban (Romania)

 plus others to be announced

About Session One Workshops

July 17 - July 31, 2019

Viewpoints on Viewpoints by Anne Bogart & Tina Landau
In preparation for their new book Viewpoints on Viewpoints, Bogart and Landau will focus on new and traditional methods of working with the Viewpoints when approaching a text.  Beginning with an introduction to the Viewpoints as both directors work with them, the workshop will then explore the application of the Viewpoints in relation to a chosen text. The work will invite participants to discover new methods for mining material, collaborating spontaneously and intuitively, and generating bold, theatrical work.
Anne Bogart is a Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, and author of five books:  A Director PreparesThe Viewpoints BookAnd Then You ActConversations with Anne and What’s the Story.  With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 30 works in venues around the world, including The BacchaeChess Match No. 5Steel HammerThe Theater is a Blank PagePersiansA RiteCafé Variations, Radio MacbethAmerican Documentbobrauschenbergamerica and Hotel Cassiopeia.  Recent opera works include Handel’s Alcina, Dvorak’s Dimitrij, Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, Verdi’s Macbeth, Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Carmen. Her many awards and fellowships include three honorary doctorates (Cornish School of the Arts, Bard College and Skidmore College), A Duke Artist Fellowship, A United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship. 
Tina Landau is a writer and director whose work has been produced on Broadway and Off-, internationally and regionally, and most frequently at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago where she is an ensemble member.  In NYC, Tina’s work includes SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical (also conceiver; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle winner for Best Direction, Tony Award nom), Tracy Lett’s Superior Donuts and the revival of Bells Are Ringing on Broadway, and Off Broadway productions of Old Hats, Big Love, Iphigenia 2.0, A Civil War ChristmasWig Out!, and the musicals Floyd Collins and Dream True both of which she also co-wrote.  Tina’s more than 20 Steppenwolf productions include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Ms. Blakk for President (upcoming, also co-writer), Head of Passes, and The Brother/Sister Plays; Chuck Mee’s Berlin Circle and Time to Burn; classics such as The TempestTime of Your Life, The Cherry Orchard, and The Diary of Anne Frank; and her own plays Space and Theatrical Essays.  Tina’s upcoming projects include the musical Dave on Broadway.  She teaches regularly and is the co-author, with Anne Bogart, of The Viewpoints Book.

Maya Zbib's Workshop Title TBA
Maya Zbib is a theatre director, performer, writer and founding member of Zoukak Theatre Company. She studied theatre at the Institute of Fine Arts, the Lebanese University (2003) and pursued her MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London (2007). In 2011 she obtained a postgraduate degree in International Cultural Cooperation and Management from IL3, the University of Barcelona. Her work including The Music Box and Silk Thread has been shown at international festivals and venues in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, South America, Africa and South Asia (Williams College, MUCEM museum, New York Public Library, Queen Mary University, MASSMoCA, Southbank Center…). 
Since 2008, Maya leads psychosocial interventions with Zoukak in marginalized contexts in different Lebanese regions. She facilitates collaborations, artistic residencies and events with international artists in the company’s studio where she co-curates since 2013 Zoukak Sidewalks, an international performance platform. She has given talks and workshops and taught at universities and in non-academic contexts, in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa. Zbib is a Chevening/KRSF Alumni (2007), a Cultural Leadership International Alumni (2010), a fellowship recipient of ISPA, New York (2010), was selected as the protégé of Peter Sellars, American theatre, opera and festival director, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (2011), and she’s a finalist nominee in the Gilder/Coigner International Theatre Award, New York (2014).

Annie-B Parson's Workshop Title TBA
Annie-B Parson co-founded Big Dance Theater in 1991. She has choreographed and co-created over 20 works for the company, ranging from pure dance pieces, to adaptations of found text, plays, and literature, to original works combining wildly disparate materials. Her work with Big Dance has been commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Theater of Paris/Chaillot, The Japan Society, The Walker Art Center, and many others.
Outside of Big Dance, Ms. Parson has created choreography for operas, pop stars, television, movies, theater, ballet and symphonies. Her awards include the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2014), an Olivier Award nomination in choreography (2015), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2014), USA Artists Grant in theater (2012), Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (2007), two BESSIE awards (2010, 2002), and three NYFA Choreography Fellowships (2013, 2006 and 2000). BDT received an OBIE (2000) and the first Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award (2007). Parson has been nominated for the CalArts/Alpert Award seven times and has received three Lucille Lortel nominations (2014, 2012, 2011). She was a YCC choreographer at The American Dance Festival.
Since 1993 Parson has been an instructor of choreography at New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing. She was featured in BOMB magazine, and has written articles for Ballet Review, Movement Research Journal, and drawing for The Brooklyn Rail, as well as a piece for Dance USA on the state of dance/theater in the U.S. and given a talk on the use of Poetic Forms in adapting text at the Poetry Center. As an artist curator, she has curated shows including: Merce Cunningham’s memorial We Give Ourselves Away at Every Moment, Dancer Crush at NYLA and Sourcing Stravinsky at DTW. Parson tours a lecture on abstraction called The Virtuosity of Structure to universities and for audience development. Her recent book, Dance by Letter, is published by 53rd State Press. 

About Session Two Workshops

August 2 - August 16, 2019

More Information TBA

About La MaMa Umbria Director's Symposium

A training program for professional directors, choreographers, actors and others. 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.  

Frequently Asked Questions

EXCURSIONS: 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. 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, famous for ceramics painted by hand or Assisi, to see the famous Cathedral of St. Francis, Orvieto, etc. In addition, we will share an Italian tradition, a sagra, or community celebration of the specialties produced by small Umbrian villages (such as truffles, olive oil and wine.)
EXTRA WORKSHOPS: 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.
CREDIT: 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 (212) 254-6468.
APPLICATION & FEE: Space is limited. Please fill out the Online Registration Form. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, provided they are accepted into the Program. Registrants must fill out the Registration Form and forward a recent resume. The fee is US$ 2,800. Space is secured with a deposit of $1,000 due with the registration form by May 15, 2019. $100 of the deposit is a non-refundable processing fee (unless the Symposium is already full when we receive your registration.)

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Many of our international artists cannot afford to make the trip to Umbria. On our 20th anniversary, we are offering scholarships to disadvantaged artists from countries that have had little to no representation in our residency programs. It costs approximately $5,000 for the entire trip, which includes admission fee, accommodation, meals, workshops, and international travel for one participant. All donations will help us achieve this goal.

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