During the period 2017-2018, the following artists are invited to give workshops and work with our students.

Week 9 & 10, March 1st – 9th

A N D R E W   T O D D  


“We will be attempting to make forms for a new parliament designed to encompass all the factors relating to burgeoning ecological catastrophe. I start from the premise that parliament is a form of theatre, both literally and figuratively: it is an auditorium for various forms of visible and invisible manifestation. I would argue that our existing forms are totally inadequate -systemically and architecturally- for the realities we are beginning to face.
My own work continually returns to these questions about the ethics of participating, presence, awareness, sharing, difference, etc., and is deeply inspired by my earlier collaboration with Peter Brook.”
Land Parliament
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Week 5, January 30th – February 2nd

E L E O N O R A   F A B I A O

Eleonora Fabião is a performance artist and theorist. Since 2008 she performs in the streets. Her artistic practice also includes lecturing, conducting workshops and publishing internationally (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada, UAE). In 2011 she received the Arts in the Streets’ Award from the Brazilian National Foundation of the Arts and in 2014 the Rumos Itaú Cultural Grant that resulted in the publication of the book AÇÕES/ACTIONS (Rio de Janeiro: Tamanduá Arte, 2015). Fabião is a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, School of Communication – Theater Directing Undergraduate Program and Arts of the Scene Graduate Program where she chairs the artistic experimentation wing. She holds a PhD and an MA in Performance Studies (New York University), and an MA in Social History of Culture (PUC-RJ). She was the researcher on Latin American performance art for the Re.act.feminism Performing Archive and is a member of the board of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Her performance work has been enacted in several venues including, most recently, the project Things That Must Be Done at Performa 15 (Wall Street/New York 2015), MOVIMENTO HO [HO MOVEMENT] at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica and surroundings (RJ 2016), and the series azul azul azul e azul [blue blue blue and blue] at Colônia Juliano Moreira and Museu Bispo do Rosário (RJ 2016).

Institutions and projects where she taught as visiting professor include: Máster en Práctica Escénica y Cultura Visual, UCLM (Spain), La Voz Humana Project (Cuba), Department of Performance Studies NYU (US), Norwegian Theater Academy (Norway), Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden), MoMA NY (US), Departamento de Artes del Movimiento IUNA (Argentina), Department of Theater Studies Freie Universität (Germany), Movimiento SUR (Chile). Fabião just finished her post-doc at New York University.

Week 2 & 3, 2018

P E R   N O R D I N

Per Nordin is senior lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He has been teaching acting for over 35 years, mostly at the school in Gothenburg but also at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. Per has studied for Yat Malmgren, Uta Hagen, Doreen Cannon and others. He has taught the Laban/Yat Malmgren- technique for the last 25 years. Per has also directed and acted in Sweden and the US. He has written, adapted and translated plays for several theatres in Sweden. In 2015 he was awarded Oslo International Acting Festivals Award and in 1995 The Pedagogical award of the University of Gothenburg. He is a licensed Embodiment Practitioner at the International Society for Embodied Imagination since May 2016, working on creativity using the method Embodied Imagination.

Through work with short dramatic texts Per will explore some of the acting tools included in the Rudolf Laban/Yat Malmgren-technique:  ‘working actions’, ‘inner attitudes’, ‘eternalized drives’ and others. We will connect that work to the notions of action, activities, obstacles, conflict and “character”. The texts will be given to the participants in the beginning of the workshop. After working on the scenes for some time we will add a specific method for focus, and deepen the actors imagination in connection to the scenes. The method, called Embodied imagination, has been developed by Robert Bosnak. It uses so-called directed dreams as a way to further develop the understanding of the characters life on stage. At the end of the workshop the scenes will be shown for the participants and maybe special invited guests.


A N T O N I O   S C A R P O N I

Antonio Scarponi is an Architect and Designer. He studied architecture at the Cooper Union in New York and Venice at IUAV, from which he holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design. He taught and lectured in different design and architecture Schools in Europe, Asia, and the US. He is currently teaching at ZhDk, Zurich. His work and projects with Conceptual Devices, have been widely published in specialized magazines, worldwide. He received many prizes and awards, including the prestigious Humanitarian Design Prize Curry Stone (2008). Antonio Scarponi is also the author of ELIOOO and co-founder of TANTOOO, the fairy tale beanbag.



J O S H U A   S O F A E R

Joshua (b. 1972 Cambridge, England) is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation, which he explores through social sculpture, performance, installation, exhibition and publication.

Equally as comfortable in the clean white gallery, the dramatic curtained stage of the opera house, the carefully positioned vitrine of the museum, the shared areas of public space, and the domestic personalised rooms of private homes, what draws Sofaer’s diverse practices together is a concern with how audiences engage with the world as a place of potentiality. People’s experience is key, as are the material cultures they choose to surround themselves with.

Recurring themes of his work include ‘rubbish’: what we choose to throw away; ‘collections’: what we choose to keep; and, ‘names’: how what we are called becomes who we are.

For Scavengers (Tate Modern, London; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Edinburgh Festival) members of the public raced around the city answering clues and forming a new gallery exhibition. Name in Lightswas a national competition and installation in the City of Birmingham that culminated in a giant illuminated name in Centenary Square. Object Retrieval (a Wellcome project for UCL) was nominated for a 2010 Museum & Heritage Award for Excellence. Viver a Rua was the opportunity for citizens of Porto in Portugal to nominate someone to become the permanent name of a street in the city; all the maps have had to change. In spring 2014 he directed a new staged version of Bach’s St Matthew Passion for Folkoperan in Stockholm to critical acclaim. The Rubbish Collection at Science Museum London saw every single thing thrown out by staff, contractors and 281,647 visitors documented for 30 days before becoming an exhibition. In Summer 2015 he conceived and directed Border Force an immersive nightclub, for Duckie and created Your Name Here for Heart of Glass, which took over the town of St Helens. Sofaer’s interest in ‘the nose’ has led to a recent body of work that plays with absurdity and disguise for The Horniman MuseumWellcome Collection, and Hull 2017 City of Culture.

After a BA in Drama & English at Bristol University, Joshua went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and was subsequently awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts.

Joshua was a winner of the 2009 Bank of America CREATE Art Award, and the first Artist Fellow on the 2010/11 Clore Leadership Programme. He is a PCT accredited Relational Dynamics Coach.




DA N   S A F E R

Dan Safer is the head of Movement Training at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and  has taught professionally at the University level for nearly two decades, at Universities, Dance Festivals, and Theaters across the US and Internationally, including Princeton University, The Norwegian Theater Academy, NYU Abu Dhabi, La Mama Umbria, Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, Australia, Naropa University’s MFA in Performance, and Dhurakijpundit University in Bangkok, Thailand.




J U L I    A P P O N E N

Juli Apponen is an artist who works in several different configurations as performer, choreographer and director. Based on her autobiography, she has previously created acclaimed performances as: Life is hard and then you die – part 3, a text-based performance reading. As well as the choreography Everything Remains in a duo collaboration JULI/JON.

Juli is an NTA alumni.




B I A N C A    C A S A D Y

Bianca Casady (born 1982 Hilo, Hawaii) lives in Texas and Southern France, both rural landscapes from which she draws inspiration for her work which often starts in the form of photography, video and poetry. All of which is a kind of character driven narrative exploration which is most fully realized in theatrical form. Week 42, in Fredrikstad, Bianca will put up her third production with the students of NTA. Equally prone to expressing herself in music, poetry, fashion, drawings, and sculpture, Bianca is a holistic artist. She has exhibited internationally and more recently composed the music for three productions with director Robert Wilson with her sister and musical partner as the duo CocoRosie.




I  V A R  F U R R E   A A M




P H I L L I P    Z A R R I L L I

Phillip Zarrilli is internationally known for training actors, dancers, and performers in psychophysical process through Asian martial/meditation arts, and as a director. He runs a private studio (Tyn-y-parc C.V.N. Kalari/Studio) in Wales, and conducts workshops throughout the world—including recent workshops or long-term residences at the Intercultural Theatre Institute (Singapore), the Grotowski Institute (Poland), Seoul International Theatre Festival, International Workshop Festival (London), National Theatre of Greece, Theatre Training Initiative (London), Tainan-Jen Theatre Company (Taiwan), Gardzienice Theatre Association, and Passe Partout (Netherlands), among many others. As Artistic Director of THE LLANARTH GROUP, Zarrilli’s most recent dance-theatre and theatre work includes “…sweet…dry…bitter…plaintive…” co-created with Stella Subbiah (SANKALPAM, premier The Green Room, Manchester November 2010 and on UK tour including Laban, London); The Evora Books: a library of hands co-created with Kaite O’Reilly and commissioned by the Evora, Portugal festival (August, 2010); Told by the Wind—co-created with Kaite O’Reilly and Jo Shapland (preview: Evora, Portugal festival, 2009; premiere (2010): Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, touring England, the Grotowski Institute in Poland, Chicago Theatre Symposium (May, 2011), touring to Tokyo in 2013; and The Echo Chamber co-created with Kaite O’Reilly, Peader Kirk (Mkultra), and Ian Morgan (Song of the Goat) (premiere: Cardiff, 2012). He has just received a development grant from ACW to work with Gaitkrash in Cork, Ireland and Theatre P’yut (Korea) on a response to Genet’s modernist classic, Playing the Maids—as a new multi-lingual dance-theatre performance.

His productions of Samuel Beckett’s plays in Los Angeles (2000), Austria (2001), Ireland (2004; 2012), USA (2006/2008), and Malta Arts Festival (2012) have won critical acclaim as well as awards for ‘best actress’ and ‘courageous production’ in Los Angeles. In 2002 he collaborated with UK-based award-winning playwright, Kaite O’Reilly and Theatre Asou (Austria) on a semi-devised performance, Speaking Stones, that opened in Austria in September, 2002, received its English premiere in Wroclaw, Poland on invitation of the Grotowski Institute in 2003, and was again performed in Aflenz, Austria in 2004. In 2004 he also directed Ota Shogo’s The Water Station for TTRP at The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. During 2005-06 he directed Genet’s Die Zofen (The Maids) in Austria, and performances of The Beckett Project were on tour in the U.S. in March and September. In 2007 he directed the Singapore premiere of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (a TTRP production at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay). He recently directed the critically acclaimed world premiere production of Kaite O’Reilly’s The Almond and the Seahorse for Sherman Cymru (Cardiff and UK national tour), and a new translation of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis at KNUA (Seoul, Korea).

Zarrilli is also noted for his work with Indian dancers/choreographers. In 2000 Walking Naked with bharatanatyam dancer/choreographer, Gitanjali Kolanad, opened in Chennai and toured internationally until 2004 with performances in Mumbai, London, Seoul, New York, Toronto, etc. In 2003 he adapted and directed the seventh century Sanskrit farce for the UK-based  bharatanatyam dance/theatre company, Sankalpam, with performances at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Royal National Theatre, London), and throughout the UK. He is currently completing a new solo piece, The Flowering Tree, with Gitanjali Kolanad, opened in 2006.

In addition to his professional work, Zarrilli teaches psychophysical process throughout the world and is author of numerous books including: (editor) Acting (Re)Considered (2nd edition, forthcoming), When the Body Becomes All Eyes (1998), Kathakali Dance-Drama: Where Gods and Demons Comes to Play (2000), and (editor) Martial Arts in Actor Training (1993). His new book with interactive DVD-Rom (by Peter Hulton) on his approach to training actors and performance, Psychophysical Acting: an intercultural approach after Stanisalvski is published by Routledge Press (2009). It won the 2010 ATHE Outstanding Book of the Year Award.




A N D E R S    H U L T G R E E N 

Anders Elsrud Hultgreen is a filmmaker born in 1986. He grew up near a river in the woods of Ringerike. He has studied Film and Art at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, The Rogue Film School, Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Nordland Vocational College of Art & Film.


Scenographer, Visual Designer Markku Uimonen Born in Helsinki, Finland, 1965. Markku Uimonen has designed visuals for over 60 large-scale productions for e.g. Finnish National Opera, Opera du Rhín Strasbourg, Opera di Cosenza, Savonlinna Opera Festivals, and most of the major theatres in Finland. In Sweden he has designed sets, lighting, and projections for Gothenbourg Folk Theatre (as a faculty scenographer for three years) and Riksteatern in Stockholm in mid 90´s. In Hong Kong he has designed sets, projections and lighting in several venues, including Hong Kong Arts Centre, and the Hong Kong Adademy for Performing Arts HKAPA (where he has served as a Visiting Professor and Artist-in-Residence numerous times during last 20 years). Other artistic work varies videly from Conceptual Light Art to Contemporary Theatre, from Exhibition lighting (e.g Finland’s Hannover Expo pavillion 2000) to contemporary dance visualisations and PostDramatic Theatre. Set, lighting, and projection designs from Grand Opera -scale to extreme Abstract Minimalism. Mr. Uimonen also served as the Artistic Director of LUX Helsinki 2011-2014, largest annual city scale Light Art Festival in Northern Europe. He was professor and head of department of Lighting Design in the Theatre Academy (later University of the Arts Helsinki) for 15 years, from 2000 to the end of 2014. He was in charge of creating interdepartmental collaboration and joint studies between departments of Set, Costume, Direction, Choreography, and Sound Design. He wrote curriculums and syllabuses for Lighting Design several times, and created a new MFA program ”Advanced Visual Studies for Performing Arts”. He supervised MFA and Doctoral level thesis and research works, and committed 11 years at the University Board, 15 years at the Board of Research, and from 2011-2014 in the University Colloquem, at the highest level of Academic Administration. He is a member of the Professors’ Union of Finland. Markku Uimonen has lectured globally, e.g. in USA, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan. He´s been invited keynote speaker and panelist in numerous international conferences and seminars. He has been a voting member of the Oistat Education Commission 1998- 2015, and founding member for the Oistat Lighting Design Working Group. (Oistat stands for Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre). Mr. Uimonen is educated in the Theatre Academy of Finland, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and MIT Center of Advanced Visual Arts in Massachusetts, School of Architecture, USA (Fulbright Grantee 1992-1993). He lives in Helsinki, is married to scenographer Mimmi Resman, and has two sons, age 16 and 18. Interests: Koden Enshin Ryu Kenjutsu (Japanise fencing), Hokutoryu Ju-Jutsu, Racing and Cruising Off-Shore with classic yacht s/y Gemma, a C&C Design Baltic 33. Honours and Awards: Knight, 1st Class, in the Order of the White Rose of Finland. IRIS award from the Colour Association of Finland, of achievements for Artistic work and Art Education.



B I N O   S A U I T Z K Y  

Biño Sauitzvy (Robinson Sérgio Sawitzki) is a performer, director, researcher and choreographer from Brazil/Italy.



L A U R E N T   C H E T O U A N E 

Laurent Chétouane is a director and choreographer. After engineering studies, he switched to theatrical studies at the Sorbonne and directed the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2000 he has directed numerous productions (Goethe, Schiller, Büchner, Heiner Müller, Jon Fosse, Sarah Kane, Jelinek) in major German theatres such as Hamburg, Munich, Weimar, Koln. Since 2006 he has worked on dance projects, the Tanzstücke. Tanzstück # 3: Doppel / Solo / Ein Abend was represented for the first time at PACT Zollverein Essen in May 2009 with performances at tanz nrw 09, Springdance, Utrecht Springdance, at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine- Denis, Sophiensaele Berlin and Tanzquartier Wien. He has been visiting professor at Giessen and lectured in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Bochum. In 2008, Chétouane received the Wild Card of RUHR 2010 from Rhin Nord-Westphalia for young artists of exception.




B E N G T    W A N S E L I U S 




B E R N T   B  J Ø R N 

Bernt Bjørn was one of the founders of Northern Norway’s first fringe group, Totalteatret, in 1983. Since 2003, he has been managing Ferske Scener. Bernt has a diverse career as an actor with appearances on stage, in film and on television. For these efforts, he has achieved several scholarships and awards. He also gives courses in acting technique, communication and voice training.