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Anne Bogart

M.A. (1977)

Artistic Director, The SITI Company

Anne first moved to New York City after graduating from Bard College in 1974.  She became deeply involved in the theater and dance scene and decided to pursue graduate studies in order to focus all of her energy on the performing arts.  Anne was thrilled to be accepted into the Graduate Program in Drama (now known as Performance Studies) and says her most memorable moments were during the time she spent working with Richard Schechner, Ted Hoffman, Brooks McNamara, and Michael Kirby. Since graduating from NYU, she has gone on to serve as artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Theater and co-artistic director of Via Theater.   In 1992, Anne founded the SITIcompany with Tadashi Suzuki with an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration.  Anne says that performance studies continues to impact her work in very meaningful ways: "Every time I approach a new production I pose the questions I was encouraged to ask at NYU: What is a play? How does it function in society? What is acting? What does it mean 'to act'? What is a rehearsal? What is an audience? The questions are anthropological and sociological. Performance studies initiated an appetite for theoretical inquiry that continues to infect all my waking hours."

Anne has taught at University of California (San Diego), New York University, Williams College, Bennington College, University of Alaska, Playwrights Horizons, Trinity Rep Conservatory, the School for Movement Research, and American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, among others. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, 2000-01; two Obie Awards; the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award, 1984; the Villager Award, 1980; and a National Endowment for the Arts Artistic Associate Grant, 1986-87. Anne was the president of Theatre Communications Group, 1991-93, and has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Overview Committee, the Opera Musical Theatre panel, and the Fulbright Committee. Anne was the featured speaker at the Toga Theatre Festival in Japan, 1988, and participated in the Cultural Olympiad (Atlanta), 1996.  She was the designated Modern Master at the Modern Masters Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Anne is a recipient of the Kellogg Award from Bard College (2001) and the ATHE Achievement in Professional Theater Award (1999).