Training FAQ

For questions specific to the SITI Conservatory, please see the Conservatory FAQ.

Q: Is it possible to take just Suzuki classes or just Viewpoints classes?

For SITI Company the relationship between Suzuki and Viewpoints is an important, even essential part of the training. They are, in essence, two sides of one coin. We know there are other artists who are teaching the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints training, and that our students may have previous experience with these forms. However, we feel we have a distinct approach, specifically because we are looking at our classes within the context of their synergy.

Q: Are there drop-in classes available?

SITI Company members lead bimonthly drop-in classes for artists who have previous training with SITI Company. For more information, see the Workshops page.

Q: What is proper training attire?

For Suzuki classes, it’s important that the company member leading the class be able to have a clear view of the position of your body. This means that tighter-fitting attire is preffered. It is particularly important that we be able to see the angle of your knees. Socks are also required. For Viewpoints classes, ease of movement and comfort are your primary concern. Dress as you would for a yoga or dance class. Feet are bare for viewpoints classes. Both trainings include moments of intense exertion and downtime. Please plan for a situation in which you will be sweating in air-conditioned studios.

Q: What are tabi, are they required, and where can I get them?

Tabi are a form of Japanese sock with bifurcated toe. There are many kinds of tabi, but the kind that are appropriate for Suzuki training are the simple ankle-high black/dark blue or white cotton tabi, with cloth soles. Many people prefer to train in tabi, but they are in no way a requirement. Regular athletic socks are perfectly acceptable. 

Tabi are available for purchase on the web at houserice.com/cottabsoc.html or in New York City at The Kimono House (131 Thompson St., between Houston and Prince, 212-505-0232); call ahead for a fitting appointment.

Q: Can I bring a water bottle into the studio?

You can, but we ask that you be sensitive to the fact that many times when you want to take a drink, your colleagues are engaged in intense work. SITI’s training is primarily artistic in nature, and although it has a strong athletic aspect, the studio is not a gym and we want to foster an environment that is respectful and sensitive. Many company members will also suggest that, within the bounds of safety and health, you challenge yourself to make it through a class without additional hydration as a way of preparing for performances, where it may not be possible.

Q: What should I do if I have an injury or medical condition that might affect my training?

Please talk to us about anything that might be relevant to your training. We are not qualified to offer medical advice, but we can advise as to whether, in our opinion, it is safe for you to train or what modifications to the forms might be appropriate for you. It is not uncommon or unacceptable to train with a certain degree of injury; this is often a useful way of learning to adapt to your condition so you can perform more artfully. Ultimately, however, it is your responsibility to seek professional help for any serious situation affecting your health and safety.

Q: Can I take notes during class?

No. We ask that you attend to the material with your full attention and being. If you want to take notes, please do so after class.

Q: Can I record a class?

In general or as a form of ongoing recording, we ask that you not record classes using audio, video or photo equipment. There are cases when you may need documentation of class work as part of your reporting back to a funding source. If this is the case, please consult with us, and we will make the necessary accommodations. SITI Company reserves the right to gather media material from classes for publicity use.

Q: Is it possible to audit or observe classes?

We do not allow audits of our classes, but we do allow interested prospective students to observe one class session. Please let us know at least 48 hours in advance so the instructors can be alerted that we will have an observer. When attending to observe, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of class so you may meet the instructors first. House rules for observers include:

  • No shoes in the studio
  • No food in the studio
  • Plan on observing the full session (no coming in and out of the studios)
  • No note-taking, cell phones or other devices

Q: Does SITI Company sponsor visas for participants without U.S. residency status?

As we are not an accrediting institution, we do not advise participants on visa matters. Many international participants have entered the United States on a tourist visa. Visa status is not something that SITI Company verifies.

The seasonal SITI training sessions take up 18 hours per week or less, an amount of class time that, as far as we are aware, does not require non-U.S. residents to obtain a student visa under current laws and regulations.

Q: Can SITI Company help arrange living accommodations for students training in New York City?

SITI Company does not directly assist with securing or covering housing accommodations. We have prepared a resource list for short-term housing options in the New York City area, which you can download here

Q: Are there scholorships available to train with SITI Company?

Yes. For the fall and spring training sessions, previous training with SITI Company is a prerequisite for scholarship aid. We profoundly appreciate our ongoing relationships with students and look for ways to make it easier for them to participate in further training. Those applying to a Mixed-level, Level 2, or Advanced level workshop in our New York City studio are eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships. 

For scholarship information specific to our Summer Workshop at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, please visit the Skidmore website. Any summer applicant may apply for scholarship aid for the Skidmore program.

Q: How do I get an internship with SITI Company?

Previous training with SITI Company is a prerequisite for internships in our New York City office and during our summer Saratoga workshop. Please note that due to high demand, we are able to respond only to those applicants we choose to interview. To apply, email training@siti.org and include: 

  • A statement of interest and goals for your internship
  • The workshop session for which you are applying
  • Your administrative resume
  • Your artistic resume.

New York City: A limited number of administrative/training internships are offered in conjunction with our seasonal studio workshop sessions. These require a commitment of approximately 100 total hours over the course of a 10-week period. 

Saratoga: More than a simple exchange of work for training, we look for applicants with a strong interest and ability in theater management/producing, as we require a significant amount of administrative support in Saratoga. The ideal applicant is an asset in the training/rehearsal room and equally so in the office. Saratoga interns tend to have a longer training history with SITI, as they will be living and working in close quarters with Company members.

Q: Does SITI Company hold auditions?

No. Actors are invited to join SITI only after many years of working with us as guest artists. The best way to be considered as a guest artist is by getting to know SITI through our training opportunities. See siti.org/training.

Also, we are an Equity professional theater company and do not employ non-union actors, even as guest artists. We do conduct semi-annual Equity open calls, which are required because of our agreement with the actors’ union.

Q: Where can I find more information?

SITI Company is surrounded by a global community of artists who have and continue to work with us. You can find many of them at SEE (SITI Extended Ensemble). You can also find SITI on Facebook and Twitter (@SITICompany). Also, make sure you are signed up to receive SITI Company’s newsletter!