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Transformation through Training

Symposium on the Suzuki Method for Actor Training

May 31 - June 3, 2017

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Click here to register! Register by March 31 to receive a $150 discount off of the full Conference fee.

Often we hear acting referred to as a form of play. But we must be careful how we define ‘play’ in the theatre. For me, this ‘play’ is not simply an attempt to amuse oneself or others, but a way to make people think critically of the world and struggle to ponder the ways we might improve it.

- Tadashi Suzuki, from “The Lonely Village” in Culture is the Body (TCG 2015)


In honor of SITI Company’s 25th Anniversary season, Skidmore College is proud to present Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga in their return to Saratoga Springs to perform The Trojan Women for two nights only on June 2 & 3.

SITI will host Transformation through Training: Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training from May 31 - June 3.  The symposium will include a keynote lecture by Tadashi Suzuki, round table discussions, master classes with both SCOT and SITI, and the performance of The Trojan Women. Registration opens on January 9, 2017 and closes on May 15, 2017. 


Registration update (4/3/17):

The Symposium has reached capacity. However, you can join the wait list by completing the registration form. We will offer any open spots due to cancellations to registrants on the wait list. 

If you have already registered for the wait list, we will contact you by or before May 16 to update you on your registration status. Thank you for your patience! Please reach out to Megan Hanley with any questions at symposium(at)


Housing update (2/27/17): On campus housing for the Symposium is now full. SITI has reserved a block of rooms at the Saratoga Hilton for Symposium participants. Book your room now! You can also reserve a room by calling the Saratoga Hilton at 1-888-866-3596 and using the group code “ALYI.”

Participants who would like to share a hotel room in order to bring costs down can contact each other through the Facebook event page. If you are not a Facebook user, but you would like help connecting with another Symposium participant to share a room, please e-mail Megan at for assistance. 


Symposium Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 31: Arrival & Opening Reception
  • Thursday, June 1 : Welcome from SITI Company, Observe SCOT rehearsal, Roundtable discussion, and Master Class in the Suzuki Method 
  • Friday, June 2: Roundtable discussions, Master Classes in Suzuki Method, and performance of The Trojan Women
  • Saturday, June 3: Keynote Lecture from Tadashi Suzuki & early afternoon departures. 

Further guest speakers and comprehensive schedule will be announced closer to May.


Symposium Fees:

  • $450 : Early-bird registration  (deadline: on or before March 31)
  • $600 : Regular registration (deadline: on or before May 15)


Room & Board Options:

  • $275: Stay on campus for 3 nights in a single dorm room with a comprehensive meal plan for the Skidmore dining hall from May 31 – June 3.
  • $100: Daily meal pass for the Skidmore dining hall (3 meals/day), no housing included.
  • $35: Lunch-only meal pass for the Skidmore dining hall (1 meal on each of the 3 days), no housing included.
  • Entrance into the dining hall without a meal pass can be purchased by credit card or cash at the dining hall.


Trojan Women on Friday, June 2:

Symposium attendees will receive 1 ticket to the performance of The Trojan Women on Friday, June 2, as part of their registration. 


Getting there:

Skidmore College is located at 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

As you plan your travel, please note:

  • Driving from New York City to Skidmore takes about 3.5 hours.
  • The Saratoga Springs Amtrak station is just a few minutes’ cab ride from campus. Trains run from NYC to Saratoga Springs about twice a day (taking about 3 hours). Trains run from Albany to Saratoga Springs a few times a day.
  •  A cab from the Albany airport or the Albany train station to Skidmore takes about 45 minutes and will cost about $75, not including tip.
  • The Megabus station in Saratoga Springs drops off passengers at the racetrack just outside of downtown. There is usually just 1 trip from NYC to Saratoga Springs each day. There is also a local bus that runs from the racetrack to Skidmore that costs just a few dollars. 



Originally named The Saratoga International Theater Institute, SITI was founded in Japan in 1992 by Tadashi Suzuki, Anne Bogart, and a group of like-minded American artists interested in revitalizing and redefining contemporary theater in the United States. Inspired by years of training in Toga-Mura, Japan, under the tutelage of Mr. Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), the SITI acting company inherited SCOT’s core values: commitment to training, international cultural exchange, and collaboration. The newly formed SITI Company set out to create a center in the US to help make these activities possible.

SITI premiered its first two productions, Charles L. Mee’s adaptation of Orestes, directed by Anne Bogart, and Dionysus, a collaboration with SCOT, directed by Mr. Suzuki, at the Toga International Theatre Festival in the summer of 1992. From there, both productions traveled to the US for performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, a location identified by Ms. Bogart as the place to begin SITI’s presence in the US. In 1993, Skidmore College and SITI began a partnership, creating a world-renowned summer theater program. Initially 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. 


25th Anniversary Skidmore Summer Intensive:

Symposium Participants have the option to apply to SITI’s annual Summer Intensive, taking place this year from June 3 - July 1, 2016. The program includes daily training in Suzuki and Viewpoints, in addition to the generation of new work. For more information, please visit  Applications are due by March 13, 2017.


If you have questions about room and board, please write to Wendy Kercull at

If you have questions regarding programming for the Symposium, please e-mail Megan Hanley at

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Symposium on the Suzuki Method for Actor Training

May 31 - June 3, 2017

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Click here to register.




Summer Intensive at Skidmore College

June 3 - July 1, 2017

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Deadline to apply: March 13



Questions? Please visit our Symposium FAQ