Interviews with NYC's Indie Theatre Directors
Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell from Mabou Mines. Mabou Mines is a company of which epic stories are told, and the chance to have one-on-one time with the founding artistic director, Lee Breuer, is phenomenal.
Basil Twist. Basil Twist is…. well, you can read his bio at the link below, but the important thing to know is that he’s a one-of-a-kind puppet master who wants to introduce you to the magical world of puppetry, and how/when they can assist you in telling a story.
Sanjay Ganguly. Who is Sanjay Ganguly? You probably don’t know – but it would be worth your while to learn. He has worked for years to spread messages of social equality in India via theatre, and what he’s learned can be of great benefit to you when you decide to weigh in on social issues.
Nube Sandoval & Bernardo Rey. Continuing in the vein of theatre as a social tool, Sandoval and Rey, the 2016 winners of LaMaMa’s Ellen Stewart International Award, will show you how to combine civil and theatrical ritual to help heal people – and societies.
And that’s just the first session! Session Two incorporates the work of an amazing array of international artists: Yoshiko Chuma (Japan) and Tian Mansha (China) both speaking about movement but from different perspectives; Marianne Weems (USA) speaking about the impact of media and how it can interact with your art; and Elia K. Schneider (Venezuela) who looks at set design through an epic lens.
And now for the unofficial stuff: I have two wonderful colleagues who have attended this symposium, and both of them went multiple times. They rave about the camaraderie they found with other directors, the one-on-one time spent with fascinating teachers, the network of support they’ve built with these artists that remains strong well after the time in Italy is over. And for pete’s sake, it’s time spent in Italy in the summer surrounded by beautiful nature, and delicious food. Art + Brain + Food + Friendships = LaMaMa. Sorry to sound like a commercial, but I’m a believer!