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is a theatrical director, writer and Philosopher working out of Toga, Toyama Japan.
Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), Chairman of the Japan Performing Arts Foundation (JPAF), Artistic Director of the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the co-founder of the SITI Company in Saratoga Springs New York,.
He organized Japan's first international theatre festival, the Toga Festival, from 1982 through 1999, serves as a founding member of the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics since 1993 and of the BeSeTo (Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo) Theatre Festival since 1994.
He has published over 12 books in Japanese, and "The Way of Acting" stands as his most influential work published in English.
Created the “Suzuki Method of Actor Training
Suzuki’s methodology for approaching theatre and performance comes from understanding ancient Greek theatre and experiencing the Japanese performance styles of Noh and Kabuki, both of which emphasize strength in traditional values, discipline, and physical control
Goals As A Director
He is a progressive director who has sought to redefine any traditional notions instilled in the realm of Japanese theatre and thus revitalize an art form.
His philosophies concerning the humanistic relationship between man and earth, one that defies spirituality in the traditional sense of the term, manifest in rigorous training practices that demand an extreme level of body control and physical exertion
Schools that practice
Some programs which employ this method in their training of actors include the Juilliard School, Columbia, University of Washington, and others.
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His method of training actors has been taught in the United States since the early eighties. This technique has gained a broader audience in professional theater circles including the Royal Shakespeare Company among many. Outside of Mr. Suzuki some of the main proponents and teachers of this method have been Americans.
This method has been reviewed and written about in major theater journals and publications dealing seriously with issues surrounding the state of American theater and the training of American actors.
The Suzuki Method of Actor Training develops the actor's inner physical sensibilities, builds the will, stamina and concentration. The workshop activities include a series of exercises centered around the use of the feet in relation to one's center. These exercises are designed to throw the body off center while maintaining a consistent level of energy and not swaying the upper body. The energy necessary to accomplish this task is considerable and constitutes a primary focus of this work. In the course of doing these exercises the body becomes more centered, and thus changes the manner in which the actor views his/herself within their body. This change is also related to how the actor views their work onstage. Issues such as engrained habits become more apparent as do strengths and weaknesses.
By developing the body awareness of the corporal center, and a consistent level of energy, primary elements of the actor's awareness are heightened. The best and most consistent evidence of this work is apparent onstage reflected through an increasingly centered and controlled actor.
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