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2-Week Intensive Classes:
(1) Suzuki Method of Actor Training + Voice
(2) Viewpoints + Acting


Nine Years Theatre is offering a refreshed syllabus in our signature classes. While studying the SMAT and Viewpoints, we’re taking the opportunity to look into voice and acting at the same time.

Both the Suzuki Method of Actor Training (SMAT) and Viewpoints are training methods that require time to sit in the mind and body of a performer. With 2 weeks of class, we aim to impart the format and philosophy of the training to the participants. Participants are welcomed to join subsequent drop-in practice classes to deepen the training.

These classes are for beginners, no prior experience in the method(s) is required. Also suitable for actors who have experienced the method(s) and are looking to refine their training.

Both classes are taught on the same day so that participants may have the opportunity to experience both trainings together in the same period. It is possible to attend either one of the two classes only. However, participants are encouraged to attend both classes to maximise their experience in the complementary nature of the 2 trainings.

*Minimum 8 participants to start the class.

Dates:
4 - 15 July 2022, Mondays to Fridays.

Time:
SMAT + Voice: 2.30pm - 5.45pm
Viewpoints + Acting: 7.15pm - 10.30pm

Venue:
NYT Studio
28 Aliwal Street, #02-09, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918.

Instructors:
Nelson Chia and Mia Chee

Fee:
$600 for taking 1 class,
$1100 for taking both classes.

SkillsFuture:
This course is eligibile for SkillsFuture Credits.
For both classes, click HERE.
For SMAT + Voice only, click HERE.
For Viewpoints + Acting only, click HERE.

Conducted in:
English

Covid safety measures:
- SMAT participants will go through the training unmasked, with 1 metre safe distance between persons.
- Viewpoints participants will remain masked.

Kindly note that visitors entering Aliwal Arts Centre will have to be fully vaccinated. Only individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days, medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and children aged 12 years and below may be exempted from Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS).

Number of participants:
Minimum 8 to start the class.

Application is now open.
Click HERE to apply.
Deadline for application: 12 June 2022, Sunday.


We strongly recommend the use of traditional Japanese white tabi socks for SMAT. Tabi can be purchased from Nine Years Theatre at $20 per pair. Participants may also get their own tabi from outside sources. Please ensure that the tabi is white in colour, made of 100% cotton, with 4 buckles. It should be a snug fit.

Viewpoints is done barefoot.

The Suzuki Method of Actor Training + Voice

We will go through the 6 basic disciplines of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training (SMAT), and the philosophy behind the training. At the same time, we will look into the mechanisms of voice production, working on breath support, developing musculature and finding resonance. This class aims to help build strength in the performer’s body and mind, and work towards groundedness and presence on stage.

About Suzuki Method of Actor Training:

The Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a training system created by Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. Through a series of disciplines (basic exercises), the method focuses on enhancing the three important aspects of the actors' art: energy production, breath calibration, and centre of gravity. Taken together, these three aspects work towards the cultivation of the “invisible body”, the uncovering of the actor's inner potential and the development of a creative actor.

This training requires committed physical work from the actor.

Viewpoints + Acting

We will go through the elements of Viewpoints, and the philosophy behind the training. At the same time, we will look into some fundamentals of acting, and also explore viewing it through the lens of Viewpoints. This class aims to build awareness in the performer’s body and mind, while tapping into our impulses.

About Viewpoints:

Viewpoints is a method of performer training based on the works of Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart. It trains performers to work together by developing a common awareness of time and space, which can be broken down into elements such as shape, movement, architecture, kinesthetic response and duration, to name a few.

“Viewpoints is about having a meaningful relationship with Time and Space. It is about the awareness of being, of events that are already existing, and of events that are emerging. It is a way of working with others, of building an ensemble, and of establishing a common language. It is a practice in seeing things with new perspectives.”
— Nelson Chia

  • “Viewpoints is a philosophy translated into a technique for (1) training performers; (2) building ensemble; and (3) creating movement for the stage.”

  • “Viewpoints is a set of names given to certain principles of movement through time and space; these names constitute a language for talking about what happens onstage.”

  • “Viewpoints is points of awareness that a performer or creator makes use of while working.”

  • — Anne Bogart

    Bursary Information

    Nine Years Theatre wishes to support participants who may otherwise not be able to attend the classes due to financial reasons. As such, we strive to offer limited bursaries to eligible applicants. If you’re interested to apply, at the time of class application, please upload a letter requesting bursarship. In your letter, do include the following information.

    - Your annual income.
    - Whether you are a student and, if not, your current employment status.
    - The institution you are currently studying or working at.
    - Details about your financial situation; note any circumstance or other facts you want us to consider.
    - The bursary amount you hope to receive.

    SkillsFuture:
    This course is also eligibile for SkillsFuture Credits.
    For both classes, click HERE.
    For SMAT + Voice only, click HERE.
    For Viewpoints + Acting only, click HERE.