The GF&CO OTOA VERMONT SUMMER INTENSIVE

We are literally buzzing with excitement
as we announce a week long period of study and exploration for OTOA veterans and novices alike, set in the beautiful hills of Putney, Vermont, on the campus of The Putney School.

This intensive study will offer a deeper penetration and focus into the OTOA Technique than has ever been offered before. We will review the practical tools and principles of OTOA, and experiment with new exercises and applications within a broader context.

The VT Intensive will provide
an opportunity to participate with GF&CO members in the methods and development of OTOA. It is also meant as a focused retreat for refreshing and reviving creative passion, as well as explore questions of craft and career as we consider our artistic life-practice. And all set in the tranquil surrounding of Vermont's green mountains!

See below for details and whether you qualify to join us on this exceptional week of study, lab-like examination of OTOA and Creative Life-Practice.


AUGUST 16-22* PUTNEY VERMONT
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

5 Minimum - 6 Maximum
Remaining Spots: 3

The remaining 3 openings are
available to the following participants:

1) Former OTOA Participants
2) Those who have worked with or studied with Gia Forakis
3) Or those who come recommended by GF&CO Member
in the areas of...
THEATER & PERFORMING ARTISTS,
VISUAL ARTISTS, TEACHERS, WRITERS, PUBLIC SPEAKERS
AND CREATIVE THINKERS IN ALL AREAS


TO APPLY FOR THE SUMMER INTENSIVE
FINAL DUE DATE: July 13

1) Please address your application to
GF&CO Associate Artistic Director
Darya Gauthier

2) In your email please include your headshot & resume
and a brief summary
about yourself, your background and
experience, and why you are
 interested in attending the Summer Intensive

3) Send to:


*August 16th & 22nd are travel days


INTENSIVE AGENDA


The Basics: OTOA's Primary Principles, Tools & Technique
A Practicum: monologues, speeches and dialogue

Examination of Content Driven Thought & The Thinking Body
Enriching & Expanding Physical Vocabulary
Making Content Your Greatest Strength

Applying OTOA to a “Devised” Work
Experimentation & Lab-Like Investigation: New Work
Theme & Topics TBA

The Practice of Watching & Listening
Communication Implies to Think Together
Relationship Between Audience & Performer; Thinker & Thought

Time & Space as Creative Mediums
Thought = Time
Action = Space

Theater as a (Spiritual) Practice
  A Creative Life Practice; The Search for Synthesis
Enriching your practice, clarifying goals, untangling and reinvigorating the Artist

 “For rituals that could make theater going an experience that feeds our lives, true forms are needed”
- Peter Brooks
"If you want to know what your belief system is, look around you. The way you see the world is a manifestation of your beliefs.”
- Dr. Cynthia Northrop

"Goodwill alone will never save your work, it's mastery and only mastery that can save it."
- Jerzy Grotowski

“Eventually you realize the path of the artist is the next "good" question.
With a worthy question there is a worthy quest.
It's the caliber of our questions, followed by the dedication of our inquiry, that matter.”
 ...Things of value are enriched with the quality of time." 
- G.Forakis, OTOA Founder & Master Teacher


This one-week workshop is equal to two and a half OTOA Weekend Workshops
With the added bonus of a getaway to Vermont


To read Gia's further thoughts on the OTOA VT Summer Intensive


SCHEDULE


Research topics and suggested preparation will be announced August 1st.


AUGUST 16 & 22 are Travel Days

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

6:00 - 7:00pm
MEET & GREET: Group Orientation & Intensive Overview


DAILY

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE**

MONDAY thru FRIDAY,  AUGUST 17 - 21

9am-12pm: OTOA WORKSHOP SESSION

12pm-3pm: Lunch & Independent Time*

3pm - 6pm: OTOA WORKSHOP SESSION

NOTES: There may be some homework for the following day.
One evening may be dedicated to the reading of a script by the group.

*The OTOA Workshop Schedule is designed to include a period of daily leisure time
for enjoyment of our beautiful surroundings, however, the group dynamic of the workshops is key.
**For this reason, participants agree to make a commitment to attend all daily OTOA WORKSHOP SESSIONS.

~FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER AUGUST 1st~


WHAT IS INCLUDED


HOUSING
Dorm style housing is provided at The Putney School Lower Farm.
Bunk Beds with a separate Women's and Men's dorm.

ROUND-TRIP TRANSPORTATION
Free Round-Trip Transportation in the GF&CO Car/Van Rental on the 16th & 22nd.
Any other form of transportation, will be the responsibility of the individual.

LUNCH (MONDAY - FRIDAY)

Provided by The Putney School.

COFFEE & TEA
Provided by GF&CO.


PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR


LINENS & BEDDING
Please bring, towels and bedding appropriate for bunk beds.

BREAKFAST & DINNER

Breakfast & Dinner is the responsibility of each participant. There is a full kitchen at Lower Farm. Although there are some restaurants in the area, they are at minimum a 20min drive away, if not farther. ‎Most participants in the past cooked for themselves or for one another.

KITCHEN & HOUSE UPKEEP

Overall Kitchen and House upkeep is the responsibility of the group.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS & PREPARATION
TBA August First


PAYMENT


$150 HONORARIUM*


*Honorariums will be processed as a tax-deductible contribution to GF&CO. Honorariums are seen as a necessary way to establish the value of what is being offered, as well as to strengthen the participants commitment to the residency.

PAYMENT DUE DATE BY JULY 13
Payment accepted by cash or check only.

INSTRUCTION for CHECK PAYMENT

1)
Checks should be made out to:

GIA FORAKIS COMPANY

2)
Checks should be written as shown above

without "and" without ampersand "&"


3)
Mail checks to:

GF&CO Associate Artistic Director
Darya Gauthier
29 Nassau Avenue, Suite #1
Glen Cove, NY 11542

FOR CASH PAYMENTS

Please Contact
GF&CO Associate Artistic Director

CANCELLATION POLICY


If, for any reason, you must cancel before AUGUST 1st
$50 of your payment will be returned to you.
$100 of your honorarium will be kept and considered as your generous contribution towards GF&CO
with a $40 credit given towards any NYC-based OTOA 2-Day Workshop.

If, for any reason, you must cancel on or after AUGUST 1st
the entire amount ($150) of your honorarium will be kept
and considered as your generous contribution towards GF&CO
with a $55 credit given towards any NYC-based OTOA 2-Day Workshop

Your reservation, application and honorarium are seen as your commitment to
the time, training and limited space for this very special offer
that would otherwise have been made available to another participant.

If, for any reason, this Vermont Intensive is forced to cancel you will receive a FULL REFUND on your payment.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and welcome your participation.



LOCATION


THE PUTNEY SCHOOL

418 Houghton Brook Rd, Putney, VT 05346

Note: The Vermont Summer Intensive is being offered through GF&CO.
All questions should be directed to
GF&CO Associate Artistic Director
Darya Gauthier
Please do not contact The Putney School regarding this OTOA Vermont Summer Intensive.
~Thank You~


POSITION AVAILABLE

VT RESIDENCY COMPANY MANAGER/ADMIN ASSIST


We are also looking for one person to attend as a PAID Company Manager.
This is approximately 2.5 weeks of work. See hours breakdown below.

AUGUST 7 - 16 (approx 21 Hours)
AUGUST 16 - 22 (Residency/Full-Time)
AUGUST 22-25 (approx 4-5 hours)

COMPENSATION

$200 + VT RESIDENCY*

DUTIES INCLUDE
  • Contact & Coordination with all participants ‎for travel round-trip
  • Managing daily schedule while in Vermont
  • Running errands if needed while in Residence
  • Collecting & Preparing All Receipts
  • Assisting Gia as needed
  • Driver's License is required
  • Must be 25 or older (for car rental purposes)

SKILLS NEEDED
  • Team Player
  • Organized
  • Energetic
  • Good Driver with Driver's License
  • Excel
  • Stage Management and/or Production Assistant Experience Helpful
  • Interest or Experience in Performance Helpful
  • Trouble Shooting/Problem Solving
  • Responsible
  • Takes pride in their work
The Company Manager will be responsible for picking up the
Car Rental/Company Car in NYC as Gia will be meeting the group in VT.

*NOTE: This person is not guaranteed participation in all of the OTOA residency workshops, although they are welcome to join when it doesn’t conflict with other duties.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Please Contact
    GF&CO Associate Artistic Director
Darya Gauthier