|Type||Theater company |
United States of America
|Founders||Anne Bogart |
The Saratoga International Theater Institute (also known as SITI) is an ensemble-based theater company based in New York City and Saratoga Springs, New York. It three components are supporting the creation of new work, training young theater artists, and committing to international collaboration.
SITI was founded in 1992 by American director Anne Bogart and Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States; they have emphasized international cultural exchange and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI has expanded to encompass a year-round program based in New York City, with a summer season in Saratoga. The company believes that contemporary American theater must incorporate artists from around the world and learn from a cross-cultural exchange of dance, music, art, and performance experiences.
SITI is noted for combining the Viewpoints process of Anne Bogart with the Suzuki Method of Actor Training of Tadashi Suzuki. Both techniques are alternatives to the Stanislavski-based Method training which has dominated American stage and screen for generations. Actors in the company regularly train together, and use the training as part of their rehearsal and warm-up process. In addition to the year-round program in New York City and the summer institute, SITI teaches both the Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method in residencies and masterclasses at colleges and universities across the United States.
In creating and touring productions, SITI has developed relationships with theaters and arts centers in both the United States and abroad. The three most significant to SITI's development as a company are the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the City Theatre in Pittsburgh.