Founder & Master Teacher

Gia Forakis is a theater artist, known primarily as a director for the stage, teacher and acting coach. She is also the Artistic Director of Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO), an ensemble of professional theater artists committed to the application of One-Thought-One-Action in Action. Gia holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program. In 2006, Forakis officially founded OTOA, and continues to articulate and develop the theory, principles and technique via workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, teaching opportunities and guest directorships at various colleges and theater institutions. In 2011, Gia was nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award.

OTOA arose out of a personal and professional directorial imperative to get more detailed, specific and physically dynamic performances from the actors I was working with. This desire forced me to consider more deeply what it was I found the most satisfying and compelling when watching a theatrical event. It soon became clear that it is the physical expression of the actor’s thinking process that engages me the most, allowing me to invest more fully in the production, rather than in just the text. It is this detailed visualization that distinguishes the stage’s capacity for expression from that of radio or literature, thereby providing a more visceral event for the audience.”  For additional information about Gia Forakis please visit: /        Photo By: Bill Bernstein © 2011


YOTOA* Instructor, Founding GF&CO Company Member

Katrina Foy (Founding Company Member, YOTOA Instructor) is the former Producing and Managing Director of GF&CO. After two inspiring seasons of assisting the company onto its solid feet, Katrina is now solely a proud Founding GF&CO Acting Member as she continues to pursue all of her interests including teaching, producing, acting and yoga. Katrina began studying and practicing OTOA three and a half years ago and is a Certified Yoga Instructor at the RYT-200 level. She has taught at Yoga to the People (where she received her certification), Smart Workout, and several theater programs. She currently teaches Corporate Yoga, small classes and privately at Synergy Wellness in Manhattan. Katrina is also a current acting teacher at the NYCinMA and NYCinLI Musical Theater summer training programs in Massachusetts and Long Island.

Selected Performance Credits: Off-off Broadway World Premiere of Stomp and Shout for which she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for the New York Innovative Theater Awards 2009 (Babel Theater Project, NYC); The Salon Series: Selected Scenes including A Hatful of Rain, The Stronger, and Antigone (GF&CO); Unnecessary Farce and Tartuffe (Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL); Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Connecticut Free Shakespeare); Josie in Iron (Kitchen Theater, Ithaca, NY, Dir. Gi Forakis ). National Tours: El Barbero de Sevilla (Actor), El Si de las Ninas (Director/Choreographer), The Story of Anna Frank (Director), and Mananas de Abril y Mayo (Musical Director/Choreographer). In 2009, Katrina created and directed the Professional Performing Arts Scholarship Program, a 5-week long theater intensive with six students through the summer program at Connecticut Free Shakespeare. AEA. Ithaca College.

*Blending of Yoga and Principles of OTOA


VOTOA* Instructor, Managing Director & Founding GF&CO Company Member

Ninon Rogers first worked with Gia Forakis in 1998 playing a young Ophelia/Janis Joplin in Jennifer Rudin’s EATING SKELETONS. She joined GF&CO as a founding company member in 2011 and recently came on as Managing Director. Ninon opened the company’s second Salon Season with fellow Company Members Kerry Milliron and Tony Naumovski in the “Greek Noir” interpretation of Euripides’ MEDEA. In the premier Salon Season she was seen as Mrs. X in Strindberg’s THE STRONGER.

Ninon began studying and practicing OTOA three and a half years ago. She has studied voice for more than 20 years and is an experienced singer as well. She incorporates her Yoga teacher training with the Bateman technique to help align the body and free the breath. She has studied with Joyce Hall, Ken Schatz and James Moody among others.

Ninon has performed with Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Stage and Film, and Hourglass Group. She was seen with John Tutturo in John Guare's WOMAN AT A THRESHOLD, BECKONING, for the Brave New World American Theatre Remembers 9/11 Festival on Broadway. Film and television credits include: Law & Order; Lipstick Jungle; Virgin, with Robin Wright Penn; Reading Rainbow; and the short comedy, Game Day, which she wrote. She is a graduate of Yale University. / GF&CO Member Ninon Rogers / Photo By: Bill Bernstein © 2011

*Vocal Strengthening Through OTOA Warm-ups


The OTOA Summer Seminar is being held at Triskelion Arts.

118 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11249
(6 block walk from the L-Train Bedford Ave stop)

For any questions CONTACT

Please DO NOT contact Triskelion Arts directly.



Participants are responsible for their own transportation.


The easiest way to catch a cab is to simply hail one from the street.

At the airport, look for signs directing you to the taxi stand.

(Nearest Airports:)

LaGuardia International Airport
- There is no set fare for trips to and from LaGuardia International Airport.
The regular metered rate of fare, applies in all cases.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

- The TLC has established a "Flat Fare" program for trips to and from JFK and Manhattan. The flat fare is $52.00 plus any tolls. There is no set fare to or from JFK to any point in New York City outside of Manhattan, and the metered rate applies.

Newark International Airport
-The set fare from New York City to Newark International Airport is the regular metered rate of fare, plus a $17.50 surcharge, plus all tolls going to and returning from the airport.

Most, but not all, New York taxis currently accept credit cards, though processing can be slow.


Call in advance to request price. Most car services do not accept credit cards.

Carmel Car and Limousine Service (1-800-922-7635)
Dial 7 Car and Limousine Service (1-800-777-8888) (1-800-909-8919)


NYCAirporter - Official operator for NYC DOT and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. NYCAirporter offers shuttle bus transportation to and from JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

Go Airlink NYC - Book a shuttle service


NYC has one of the largest subway systems in the world. The subway is a terrific way to navigate the city.

The cost of a single ride ticket is $2.50
A 7-Day Unlimited Pass is $29.00

Printable Subway Map

You may consider downloading a subway app that provides maps, directions, subway entrance/exit data, etc. Keep in mind that you won't have phone service or Wi-Fi in the subway. Here are a few to check out:
  • New York Subway Map
  • HopStop Transit Directions
  • Embark NYC Subway - New York City
  • iTrans NYC Subway


OTOA does not make housing arrangements for participants and students must cover their own housing costs.
OTOA does not endorse any of the lodgings below and intends for this list to serve only as a guide.
For more lodging options try:,,
In selecting lodging we recommend easy access to the L train.



Hotel Le Jolie $$ (866-526-4097)  253 Meeker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Pointe Plaza $$ (718-782-7000)  2 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
King & Grove Williamsburg $$$ (718-218-7500) 160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249



Ny Moore Hostel  (347-227-8634)  179 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
The New York Loft Hostel  (718-366-1351)  249 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Zip112 Hostel  (347-403-0577)  112 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Guest Rooms YMCA Greenpoint (718-389-3700) 99 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222


All hotels listed below are within a 30 minute or less subway trip from the Seminar.


Distrikt Hotel $$ (212-706-6100)  342 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018 - Hell's Kitchen
French Quarters Guest Apts $$ (212-359-6652346 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 - Hell's Kitchen
The Pod Hotel $$ (212-355-0300) 230 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022 - Midtown East
The Holiday Inn $$ (
212-430-8500) 125 W 26th St, New York City, NY 10001 - Chelsea


Participants are responsible for their own food unless otherwise stated in the Summer Seminar Schedule.
OTOA does not endorse any of the restaurants below and intends for this list to serve only as a guide.



Tops on the Waterfront  (718-782-6660)  89 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Bedford Fruits and Vegetables  (718-963-4257)  167 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Marlow & Daughters  (718-388-5700)  95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Gourmet Guild Williamsburg  (718-388-7726)  110 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Yelp is a terrific way to find local restaurants. Walking by and reading menu's is also a good way to go!
As well, many restaurants will deliver food to your door. Check out the Grub Hub or Seamless food delivery apps.

Forcella - Pizza $$ (718-388-8820) 485 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Levee - American $ (718-218-8787) 212 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Dar 525 - Middle Eastern $$ (347-422-0401) 525 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Driggs Pizza - Pizza $ (718-782-4826) 558 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tchoup Shop - Southern $$ (347-223-2710) 113 N 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Juniper - American $$ (718-782-8777)  112 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Blue Bottle Coffee Co - $$ (718-387-4160)  160 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
EL Beit - $$ (718-302-1810)  158 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Gimme Coffee - $ (718-388-7771)  495 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Email with 'Summer Seminar' in the Subject Line and Include the Following:
  • First and Last Name
  • Home Address
  • Theatrical Résumé - This can include acting classes, voice lessons, seminars, school productions, community productions, and/or professional productions.
  • Headshot or Photo
  • How did you hear about OTOA or the 10-Day OTOA Summer Seminar?
  • Please advise of any special needs you may have.



50% of the total payment is due at registration and reserves your spot in the workshop.

Payment instructions will be provided by email.

Full payment is due by June 14th.


Full refund less a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for all cancellations prior to May 14th.

After May 14th we will not be able to refund payment.


Notification of withdrawal must be made by email to

50% of the total payment is due at registration and reserves your spot in the workshop.

Payment instructions will be provided by email.

Full payment is due by June 14th.

Full refund less a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for all cancellations prior to May 14th.

After May 14th we will not be able to refund payment.


Q: Is there an age requirement?
A: The minimum age requirement is 18.

Q: Is performance experience required?
A: Some performance experience and memorization ability is required. All participants will be asked to memorize and perform short pieces of theatrical text.

Q: Do I need prior experience with the One-Thought-One-Action technique?
A: No previous OTOA experience is needed.

Q: What is the daily class schedule?
A: View the Summer Seminar Schedule page.

Q: Are grants available for the Summer Seminar?
A: It is recommended that participants seek grants, scholarships, and/or professional development funds through your employer, university, or cultural and civic service organizations in your community to help you meet tuition and/or travel costs.

Q: Can I get a ride from the airport to my lodging?
A: We are unable to offer transportation services, therefore, you must find your own way. Please refer to the Transportation information above. If there is any further assistance you need please contact us at

Q: Does the studio have air conditioning?
A: Yes, the studio has air conditioning.

Q: Will all classes be held in English?
A: Yes, all classes will be held in English. All participants must be able to speak and understand the English Language.



Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn's most popular neighborhoods and is known for its lively arts, music, and food scene. In your off-time take advantage of all Williamsburg has to offer: