Director Anne Bogart to Discuss Women in Greek Theatre

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Podcast features: Anne Bogart (SITI), Ellen Lauren (SITI), David Roselli (Scripps), and Christine Guzaitis (Scripps)

Renowned American theatre director Anne Bogart and members of her SITI Company will discuss “Women in Greek Theatre: Ancient and Modern” with Scripps College professors David Roselli in the Classics Department and Chris Guzaitis in Gender and Women’s Studies, on Monday, September 5, in Scripps College’s Vita Nova 100 at 5:45 p.m. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

A reception and book signing with Bogart and SITI will follow in the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building faculty lounge. Bogart’s three books will be available for purchase; they are And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World (2007), A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre (2001), and, with Tina Landau, the seminal Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition (2005).

The events are part of a one-day residency of SITI Company at Scripps and Pomona Colleges. Starting at 1:30 p.m., there will be a three-hour workshop with Bogart and SITI Company members for theatre students and faculty. For more information, contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College at (909) 621-8186.

This fall, Bogart and the company she co-founded are creating a new adaptation of Euripides’ classic antiwar play, Trojan Women, first performed more than 2,400 years ago. They are giving it a contemporary treatment for the annual Outdoor Theatre Production at the Getty Villa, from September 8 through October 1, 2011. This production has a new title –Trojan Women (After Euripides)—a new script, and a fresh modern approach. Click here to view an introduction to the new version and how it is being created.

Bogart earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Master of Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded SITI Company with Tadashi Suzuki in 1992, with an emphasis on creating new work, training young theatre artists, and international collaboration. She currently heads the Graduate Directing Program at Columbia University, as well as serving as artistic director of the SITI Company.

Bogart has won two Best Director Obie awards, one for No Plays No Poetry But Philosophical Reflections Practical Instructions Provocative Opinions and Pointers From a Noted Critic and Playwright (1988) and the other for The Baltimore Waltz (1990). In 1984, she was honored with the Bessie Award for Choreographer/Creator for her work with South Pacific.

After working together with Mary Overlie at NYU in 1979, Bogart developed a version of an improvisational technique called Viewpoints, based on Overlie’s discovery of The Six Viewpoints of dance.

The September 5 panel discussion with Bogart and SITI is sponsored by Intercollegiate Women’s Studies, the Malott Commons Office, Pomona Department of Theatre and Dance, and the following Scripps offices and departments: Classics, Dean of Faculty, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Music. For more information, contact the Scripps Music Office at (909) 607-3266.