The OTOA Technique
Re-Envisioning The Creative Process One Thought & One Action at a Time

OTOA Teaching Since 2007

OTOA Founded 2004

One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™
is a Performance Technique & Creative Life Practice
benefiting creative thinkers in any field

Developed by Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis 
as a method for 
identifying smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action
the OTOA technique is taught as 
Performance Technique & Training
for Performers, Directors, Theater Makers, Collaborators & Public Speakers 
and as
Creative Life Practice
for anyone and everyone.


Gia Forakis, Photo: ©Lily Jandreska

A Letter from OTOA Founder & Master Teacher


A Brief History of OTOA...

I began developing One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™ over 15 years ago while I was in graduate school, as a tool for realizing my own work in the theater as a stage director.


OTOA quickly became the core principle in all my work as a theater artist, and I've been introducing the technique to my collaborators in every project I create ever since.


Over 10 years ago I formalized the principles behind OTOA into a teaching technique for performers and directors. Bringing the OTOA technique out of the rehearsal studio, and into the classroom. And that technique is what we now refer to as OTOA Performance Technique & Training (PTT)™.


I have been teaching OTOA since 2007, and during this span of time it became clear to me that OTOA was a practice that went beyond the stage, beyond the rehearsal studio, and beyond the classroom.


As I brought OTOA into my personal & professional daily practice what emerged is the curriculum that we now refer to as OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)™, which I have been teaching since 2015.


To be clear...


OTOA Workshops & Coaching are Environments For Learning & Actualization. And although OTOA CLP can be a tremendously beneficial tool for clarity in personal and professional matters, I am not a therapist. I am an OTOA teacher, OTOA artist, and an OTOA CLP Private Life Coach.


As an OTOA Teacher, I lead OTOA Workshops and offer OTOA CLP Private Coaching sessions in both

      OTOA PTT (Performance Technique & Training)™ and

      OTOA CLP (Creative Life Practice)™

...bringing the principles and benefits of incremental thought and action into professional, personal and creative applications.


                                                                                    ~Gia Forakis, Brooklyn 2018

OTOA TEACHING was founded in 2007 by New York City theater artist and educator, Gia Forakis.

Although, originally created as a technique for performers and directors, OTOA's primary principles offer a broader application, going beyond theater craft to support creative endeavors across multiple artistic platforms, as well as a reliable system of support for the a creative life practice in any field or endeavor.

OTOA functions from an intuitive premise that leads the participant to liberate their motivations for a more detailed, physically engaged, dynamic and rooted sense of confidence in all their activities and areas of creativity.


OTOA is intentionally inclusive. Those whom can benefit from OTOA include, but are not limited to:
  • Performers, Directors, Theater Makers,
  • Creative Thinkers in Any Field
  • Public Speakers
  • Teachers, Managers, Administrators
  • Your Company, School, Institution, Project, Production, Community



OTOA is Based on the Inherent Relationship Between Thought & Action.


OTOA liberates the participant through a very practical technique, that ultimately brings more detail, versatility and physical vitality to the stage. OTOA can be used in its pure form or incorporated to work in tandem with other performance-based methods or public speaking systems.

As a Performance Technique it helps to address three major acting and performance obstacles: generalization, lack of variety and physical detachment (e.g.: "What should I do with my hands?”).

OTOA is a Technique and not a style of performance, making it applicable to any performance medium and/or any performance style in the western cultural cannon. From Commedia del arté, to Farce, to Melodrama, to Epic Theatre, to Symbolism, to Naturalism, to Post Modernism and everything in-between.

Offers a clear approach and tools for creating a more specific, physically engaging, moment-to-moment life on stage, enhancing the directors’ craft for dynamic and visually detailed modes of storytelling.

Click here to learn more about OTOA Performance Technique & Training (PTT)™


The Principles of OTOA are also extremely beneficial as a practical tool for personal, professional and collective growth and transformation.

Utilizing established OTOA principles (incremental thought, content-driven action, watching and listening, and the inherent value of time) OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)™ classes focuses on the study and investigation of  CLP's 6 Aspects for Creative Influence.

Click here to learn more about OTOA Creative Life Practice (CLP)™


Liberate your motivations for a more engaging and dynamic presence and delivery, ultimately, connecting with your audience with vitality and in a more visceral way. OTOA helps public speakers to: Overcome Nervous Anxiety, Increase Self-Confidence, Speak with Composure, and Learn to Think on Your Feet.

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OTOA offers tools for enriching any project, or untangling hidden obstacles, by identify smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action. OTOA is a reliable technique for immediate and practical application for both the performance based environment or as a tool for personal and collective growth.


Design an OTOA Workshop to fit your needs, budget, and schedule. Workshops can be tailored for various disciplines and are excellent for a variety of groups.

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Photo: ©Lily Jandreska

OTOA is the only technique of its kind
, offering participants a clear approach to a more specific dynamic and moment-to-moment life on, or off, the stage.

As a guiding principle for clarifying goals
, OTOA Creative Life Practice can bring balance and focus into our multitasking life styles. It is a rigorous mental discipline to help us quiet anxiety and recognize how often fear can over ride, and undermine, all our other more supportive motivations.

Things we consider of value are enriched by time. Objects of lasting value are rarely mass-produced. OTOA is built upon the application of the age-old principle that a disciplined investment of time and fine craftsmanship will produce high quality results.
OTOA is a discipline. Instinct and inspiration need to be nurtured as part of a life-practice. How do we maintain our practice if we are between jobs/projects?

A technique-driven approach to the creative process is different from the attention we give to administering our careers. This is an uncommon, holistic, way to view our creative lives.

OTOA workshops are lab-like environments where the technique is taught through a series of experiments framed by a given set of parameters. In this way we pursue the question and not the answer, a process-based approach to learning.

As a Creative Life Practice, OTOA asks: what is the difference between your role as a performer, a director, a writer, a designer a producer, or in any given field of expertise and your role as an artist? Is creating content as important as creating product?

As a performance technique & training: OTOA encourages participants to slow down, identify and enrich each moment of their project, whatever it may be, incrementally offering a rewarding engagement with content that translates into a more valuable and visceral experience of the product.  We think of this in much the same way as when a master pianist sits down to learn a new piece of music, long before it is ever performed, the musician is dedicated to identifying each note, each cord, each hand movement, and analyzing each gesture individually, in an effort to construct a full and rich product.
The OTOA technique of identifying the incremental components of time, thought, action and space, offer a highly detailed, content rich, vivid and vitally stimulating product, a more enriched life/performance practice, and emotionally gripping performances in any arena.


Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis offers OTOA Workshops, Residencies, Seminars, Master Classes and One-on-One Coaching. For the next OTOA event please check the Schedule Page for upcoming OTOA Events.

Or consider booking a workshop for your company, institution, classroom, community, ensemble, business, or private gathering or project by visiting the Custom Designed Workshop page.


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