Actor Training: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

THE INSTITUTE FOR INTERWEAVING PERFORMANCE CULTURES of Freie Universität (Berlin) in collaboration with ITI presents:

A follow-up symposium from Nov 2012 – Actor Training: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Berlin – Dec 2013)

Background and Purpose

The forthcoming symposium follows on from a preliminary seminar on intercultural actor training that took place in November, 2012, hosted by the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore.

The purpose of the Berlin symposium hosted by the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” is to bring together a diverse group of practitioners and scholars to (re)consider questions about acting and actor training. The organizing committee has invited teachers of non-Western forms of acting, trainers who attempt to interweave techniques and discourses, as well as an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in issues of embodiment, consciousness, and subjectivity, which are central to the phenomenon and practice of acting.

Planning Committee

Dr. Christel Weiler (Program Director, International Research Centre, Freie Universität); T. Sasitharan (Director, Intercultural Theatre Institute); Phillip Zarrilli (Fellow, Research Institute, Freie Universitat; Artistic Director, The Llanarth Group; Professor, Exeter University; teacher/Academic Board, ITI) and Torsten Jost (Research Associate, Freie Universitat)

Paper to be delivered by ITI faculty

ITI’s Director T. Sasitharan, Voice & Speech Teacher Robin Payne Papazoglou and Gopalan Venu, Master Teacher in Kutiyattam have all been invited to make presentations about their work in intercultural training. In Ms Payne’s case, her presentation will explore the interweaving of ethnicity, upbringing and experiences of other cultures in Sound, as an expression of celebration.

Phillip B. Zarrilli, director/actor, trainer, author of “Psychophysical Acting: an intercultural approach after Stanislavski “ (Routledge, 2009), who also teaches and/or directs at ITI regularly, and who taught a Masters programme at University of Exeter will also deliver a paper.

Other presenters will include Dr. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Co-Director of the International Research Centre, and professors from the Ernst Busch School, Frankfurt Acting Academy, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, and University of the Arts, Berlin.

Date: 3 – 6 December, 2013
Where: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1 and 2, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

Press Release can be downloaded here.