I am trying to put together a Viewpoints workshop in Mostar. I trained Viewpoints and Suzuki with CITI company from New York City and I enjoyed Viewpoints more than any other aspect of my actor training. I miss it tremendously and I realized only recently that I will not be able to do any Viewpoints unless people around me know how to do it too. I have not heard of any workshops in either Zagreb or Mostar so I guess all the work is up to me.
I was also very surprised to learn that online resources on Viewpoints are quite limited. The only book I managed to find on the subject was my college textbook called The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau.
This surprised me because Anne Bogart's CITI company produced a whole bunch of very successful and critically acclaimed productions using this very method. A great number of Viewpoints workshops I dug out using Google's search engine also led me to believe that this kind work was growing in popularity, so the lack of resources was even more striking.
However, I am fortunate enough to have my own resources - Viewpoints class notes, my colleagues and my former professors. I believe that they will be enough to help me get this project rolling.
I only hope that I will manage to inspire my fellow actors to pursue this kind of work in the future. I hope that they will discover the beauty of non-hierarchical work, the value of listening to the wants of their ensemble (instead of feeling pressured to constantly 'produce') and I hope that they will enjoy themselves while working with me.
Also, please wish me luck with logistical challenges I am facing at the moment because I will need it.
My degrees are useless in Croatia until they are officially validated by a special institute. Validation (along with official translations and official photocopies) is expensive and time-consuming so I have been delaying this for the entire past year. Now that I finally started the process, I feel myself going slightly insane. Bureaucracy makes me very nervous and it makes me miss the USA.
I am leaving Zagreb tonight and traveling to Mostar, where I am taking drivers exam. I cannot wait to be on the bus because riding a bus always makes me feel like I am getting somewhere.