TWO-DAY INTENSIVE OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP

September 5th, 2012

ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION™
A Rehearsal & Performance Technique for Performing Artists, Directors & Public Speakers
Founded and Taught by Gia Forakis

TWO-DAY INTENSIVE OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP
SAT & SUN, SEPT 15 & 16
1:00 – 6:00pm

If you have already taken an OTOA Introduction Workshop you are invited to sign up for:

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 5, 12 & 19
Three Consecutive Monday Evenings 6:30 – 9:30pm

To qualify for the OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP you must have taken two or more
OTOA INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP, unless you have received special permission from Gia to attend.
For further information contact Gia directly or visit: http://www.onethoughtoneaction.com/workshop

Final Registration for OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP is OCTOBER 12th

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKSHOP

OTOA TWO-DAY INTENSIVE: $225. Per Person*
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SPECIAL $200
FOR SEPTEMBER INTENSIVE:
Sign up by September 8th: $25 discount = $200
Sign Up With A Friend and get an additional $10 off

OTOA SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP $250*
Contact Gia directly to discuss what discounts
are available for this workshop.
Returning students are welcome to attend any OTOA 2-DAY WORKSHOP on a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford basis within two years of their first class. After that time, please contact Gia directly. This offer is contingent on making a commitment to the entire workshop schedule.

LOCATION:
Hope-Martin Skylight Studio
39 W. 14thStreet, 5th Floor
Union Square, btwn 5th& 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011

*No single class rates are available.
*Some Acting/Performing Experience Necessary
*Memorization of a short contemporary monologue is required for 2-Day Intensives
*CLASS SIZE LIMITED

What Is One-Thought-One-Action™ (OTOA)?
One-Thought-One-Action™ is a revolutionary rehearsal and performance technique developed by New York director and coach, Gia Forakis.
One-Thought-One-Action™ is a method for identifying smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action.
One-Thought-One-Action™ functions from an intuitive premise that leads the performer to liberate their motivations for a more detailed, engaged and dynamic presence; ultimately connecting with and engaging audiences in a more visceral way.

Gia Forakis is a theater artist, known primarily as a director for the stage, and acting coach. She 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 application via workshops, one- on-one coaching sessions, teaching opportunities and guest directorships at various colleges and theater institutions. Gia is the Artistic Director of GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY (an ensemble based theater company based on OTOA). She is also a member of SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographer’s Society), a Women’s Project Director’s Lab Alum, and a New Georges Associate Artist. In 2011, Gia was nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award. For additional professional credits visit: www.GiaForakis.com

For Further Information Contact:
Email: GiaForakis@aol.com (Subject Header: OTOA)
Website: www.onethoughtoneaction.com
For Further Information: www.GiaForakis.com
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Summer 2012

August 10th, 2012


JUNE: It has been a truly rewarding summer.

It began with the conclusion of GF&CO’s Second Salon Season: Three Salons of our unique brand of work-in-progress showings where we put One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)tm into Action in an intimate setting, along with wine and light refreshments and engaging talk-backs between company members and guests.

This season was extra special as we experimented with a mash-up of genre’s between Greek-Tragedy and Film Noir, creating our very own genre that we are calling Greek-Noir, Our experiments in Greek Noir with Euripides’s MEDEA, Anouilh’s ANTIGONE, and Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX were received with great enthusiasm, and have lead to a project that we will be developing over the next year: To Be Announced! Stay Tuned!

JULY: Next was my 18 day visit to Greece where I was invited to teach 3 workshops of OTOA at the International Festival of Making Theater, in Athens -a truly joyous occasion!

I met international teachers and students of theater and was deeply gratified to have OTOA so well received despite language differences.

The students were wonderful: focused, eager to learn, courageous, supportive to one another and talented.

The faculty (some of whom are pictured below) was terrific: a brain trust of information, good humor, generosity, professionalism and intelligence from all over the world!

The Theater of Changes, the hosting institution, was superbly organized, accommodating, supportive kind and welcoming.


I also had the honor of performing a staged reading at the festival of one of my original movement-theater scripts: The Purpose of Existence or Should I Keep the Dog? And was honored to be accompanied by the wonderful acting and generosity of George Simondidies, with stage directions and support by Zoe Tsavdarides.

Before and after the festival I took the opportunity to do a little bit of traveling and visited two of the Greek islands, Spetses (with my former OTOA student and actress from Lee Strasberg in NYC, Athena Deliadi), and Santorini with my brother Jozeph Forakis.

I met distant relatives on my YiaYia’s (Greek for grandmother) side of the family and saw many significant Greek ruins: The Acropolis, Epidarus, Delphi, and Akritiri (the “lost” city of Atlantis).

My time in Greece was penetrating on many levels: I was warmed by the sun; Nourished by the food; Revitalized by the crystal clear Aegean waters; Invigorated by the engagement of theater in an international level; and I was inspired by the epic proportions of time that one experiences all at once -a the mythical and magical lure of the ancient history of my heritage.
The remainder of July was really spent mourning my having to return from such an enchanting journey.

AUGUST: GF&CO Training this Sunday, and this weekend a GF&CO Business Retreat to plan ahead for our activities in the coming year. More to come!


Post Script on Greece:
Yes, I saw the despairing crisis that Greece is facing in numerous examples. I saw it in the empty storefronts, the boarded up buildings, and in the crumbling infrastructure as modern day Greece seems to be joining its ancient ruins.
But, worse, was that I also saw it in the surprising numbers of drug addicts who populated the streets of Athens in the district near my hotel. It reminded me of the East Village, NYC in the 1980’s before you could get a cappuccino on Ave A, much less Ave D, when you didn’t walk in Alphabet City alone at night because you might accidentally stumble upon drug dealers, drug users, or gun fights—and/or get mugged (and I did, in 1982).

However, the Greek version was different. There was nothing covert about it. It was not hidden by a cloak of night. Late in the afternoon the zombies, as I came to call them, would come out into the streets lost in their heroin “dance” and balancing on the edge of reality. They were shooting up in broad daylight, just a block away from the police stationed on the corner in full SWAT gear ready to break up a protest or a riot. They did not care about the users or the dealers. The Zombies lay naked on the sidewalk in an act of interrupted sex, or “floated” in the oncoming traffic, or formed silent tableaux’s along the sidewalks –talk about theater! THIS IS THE REAL GREEK TRAGEDY!

This, along with it’s mythical past, it’s epic beauty, its charm, and spirit—kefee– is the current terrain of Greece.
The blatant signs of desperation are heart crushing. The crashing economy is no longer an abstraction. A country is more than its gross product, or its bank revenue. It is made of people and their life-force. These visions of Greece’s crisis are an outward expression of how a corrupt government can poison the soul of this once heroic nation.

SALON THREE 2012- Our last Salon of the 2012 Sesaon

May 29th, 2012

Art Work by Marlee Faye Koenigsberg, ©.2012

GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY
Re-Envisioning Theater, One Thought and One Action at a Time
SALON THREE: June 9 & 10

A Noir Rendering of Our Work-in-Progress Showing of Scenes from
Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX
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Oedipus … Marcus Ho
Tiresias … Tom Ligon
Creon … Adam Boncz
Jocasta … Danielle Delgado
Messenger … Kerry Milliron
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Saturday Curtain: 7:00PM- Doors Open: 6:30PM
Sunday Curtain: 4:00PM- Doors Open: 3:30PM
Location: Java Hauz, 169 Java Street
Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York
“G” Train to Greenpoint Ave- Exit India Street, Walk One Block
FREE Admission. Limited Seating.
For Reservations Please Email: JavaHauz@aol.com
Subject Header: “Salon Reservations”
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW!

Salon Two: ANTIGONE

May 15th, 2012

SALON TWO 2012: ANTIGONE. Original Artwork by, Marlee Koenigsberg ©2012


Another remarkable weekend as we wrapped up our SALON TWO
work-in-progress GREEK-NOIR presentation of scenes from Jean Anouilh’s ANTIGONE.
What our Guests were saying:

“Your Greek-Noir mash-up illuminated the text for me!
It was as if I’d never heard the play before! ”
“I want to see the entire play done this way. ”
“Your Salons are a wonderful forum. I loved it.”
“I am so glad I came to see this. I want to see your next Greek-Noir of Oedipus.”
“Gripping!”

Up Next: The final installment in our 2012 Salon Season of experiments
with our newly coined genre of GREEK-NOIR
Salon Three, June 9 & 10
will be our work-in-progress presentation of scenes from
Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex

For more information: www.GIAFORAKISANDCOMPANY.com

SALON ONE: MEDEA

April 17th, 2012

SALON ONE 2012: MEDEA. Artwork by, Marlee Koenigsberg ©2012

WOWZA! What an EXCELLENT WAY to start the 2012 Series!
For those of you who weren’t there
OTOA + VERSE + MEDEA + NOIR + FEMME FATAL + GF&CO Actors =Hot, sexy, violent, power-play!

NOIR + The Greeks is a match up of Archetypes

Some quotes from our Guests:
“The Best production of MEDEA I have ever seen. Would love to see the entire play this way”
• “I saw Diana Riggs’s performance of MEDEA on London’s West End -and this was so much better! ”
• “The noir illuminates the text as I have never before understood it!”
• “OTOA in action to the best purpose.”
• “A new genre: Greek-Noir!

NEXT UP SALON TWO:
Scenes from a work-in progress showing of ANTIGONE
MAY 12 & 13
www.giaforakisandcompany.com

SONG FROM THE UPROAR REVIEWS

March 30th, 2012

Recently, I was very proud to have directed the critically-acclaimed run of the original, multi-media opera, Song from the Uproar, composed by Missy Mazzoli, and performed at the Kitchen in NYC.  In case you missed Song from the Uproar, below you will find a few of the accolades we received which I am pleased to be able to share with you.

“FIVE STARS!…director Gia Forakis’s fluid, gently hieratic choreography … contributes to the magic of this extraordinary piece, a paean to a woman whose indomitable spirit sings on, even in death.”

- Time Out New York, By Marion Lignana Rosenberg (full article here)

“The emotional efficacy and irresistible magnetism of Ms. Fischer’s performance and in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound.”

-  The New York Times, By Steve Smith (full article here)

“Powerful and New…. Gia Forakis’ ingenious multimedia staging was built on stylized gesture, incorporating soft-focus black-and-white films by Stephen Taylor that suggested the inner and outer lives of the protagonist without being prescriptive.”

- The Wall Street Journal, By Heidi Waleson (full article here)

“Director Gia Forakis deserves the highest praise for her work.  She and her team conceived and choreographed a stunning artwork of sight and sound that worked extremely well the intimate space of The Kitchen, but would not feel out of place on a larger stage as well. Song from the Uproar is a thrilling drama that deserves to be performed many more times in the future.”

- I Care If You Listen.com By Lauren Alfano (full article here)

“Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer… uses the repetitions of musical lines and choreographed movement (courtesy of director Gia Forakis) as a means of understanding her character’s own state of being, the way a burgeoning reader would sound out the same word until it clicked in their head… a cool 75 minutes that packs a Ring–worthy punch… a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere.”

- Operavore, By Olivia Giovetti (full article here)

Photos by James Matthew Daniel © 2012

ANNOUNCING GF&CO’s 2012 SALON SEASON

March 28th, 2012

ANNOUNCING
SALON SERIES
2012
GF&CO’s Work-In-Progress Showings of
THE GREEKS

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Please be our guest to attend our
Exclusive, Free Salon Series
where GF&CO Member Actors bring
One-Thought-One-Action™ into ACTION
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SALON ONE: April 14 & 15

Our Work-in-Progress Showing of Scenes from
Euripides’ MEDEA
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Medea … Ninon Rogers
Creon … Kerry Milliron
Jason … Tony Naumovski *
(*our newest Associate Artist)

SALON TWO: May 12 & 13

Our Work-in-Progress Showing of Scenes from
Anouilh’s ANTIGONE
***
Antigone … Jennifer Lim
Ismene … Katrina Foy
Creon … Ed Herbstman
Haemon … Adam Boncz

SALON THREE: June 9 & 10

A Noir Rendering of Our Work-in-Progress Showing of Scenes from
Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX
***
Oedipus … Marcus Ho
Tiresias … Tom Ligon
Creon … Adam Boncz
Jocasta … Danielle Delgado
Messenger … Kerry Milliron
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Saturday Curtain: 7:00PM- Doors Open: 6:30PM
Sunday Curtain: 4:00PM- Doors Open: 3:30PM

Location: Java Hauz, 169 Java Street
Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York
“G” Train to Greenpoint Ave- Exit India Street, Walk One Block

FREE Admission. Limited Seating
For Reservations Please Email: JavaHauz@aol.com
Subject Header: “Salon Reservations”
Reserve your seats now!
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Dear Friends of GF&CO:

It has been four months since our wonderfully successful Staged Reading Event of Love in Space-Time in November 2011. Since that time, a lot has been in the works. Our Company Members have been busy performing regionally and on Broadway, appearing on television and in films, and much more.

Recently, I was very proud to have directed the critically-acclaimed run of the original, multi-media opera, Song from the Uproar, composed by Missy Mazzoli, and performed at the Kitchen in NYC. Now, I am eager to share with you our very exciting and super ambitious SALON SEASON 2012!

GF&CO’s Work-in-Progress Showings of THE GREEKS!!

As some of you already know GF&CO’s Signature Salon Season are exclusive, invitation only, free events where GF&CO Member Actors put the unique and revolutionary performance technique, One-Thought-One-Action™, into ACTION. The Salons give us an opportunity to share our ongoing development and application of the technique while exploring and experimenting with various texts in an intimate social setting, followed by wine, light refreshments, and stimulating dialogue between our guests and our Company Members.

The idea of an entire Salon Season devoted to exploring scenes from The Greeks was actually suggested to me by one of GF&CO’s devoted patrons who knew of my current ongoing directorial investigation of Oedipus Rex with NYC theater company, Extant Arts. The minute this particular theme-driven Salon Season was recommended to me I knew the idea it was an excellent way to frame our second Salon Series!

To this end, I am framing our explorations as an investigation into the origins of the original “femme fatales” of the theater. With the combination of GF&CO’s ensemble of superlative OTOA trained (and training) actors, plus scenes from three well known Greek tragedies, and our unique lab-like Salon environment, I am certain that our experiments in these ancient Hellenic Myths will be something you won’t want to miss!

The first Salon, April 14 & 15, is just around the corner! With space limited to 35 people per evening, it’s never too soon to reserve your seat(s).

Let us welcome you to Java Hauz in this, our second Salon Season. As always, we invite you to share in the conversation as we endeavor to keep theater relevant in the 21st century!

With Joy & Inspiration!

Gia Forakis
Artistic Director
GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY
Re-Envisioning Theater, One Thought and One Action at a Time

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In case you missed Song from the Uproar,
below you will find a few of the accolades we received
which I am pleased to be able to share with you.

“FIVE STARS!”
“..director Gia Forakis’s fluid, gently hieratic choreography … contributes to the magic of this extraordinary piece, a paean to a woman whose indomitable spirit sings on, even in death.”
- Time Out New York, By Marion Lignana Rosenberg (full article here)

“The emotional efficacy and irresistible magnetism of Ms. Fischer’s performance and in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound.”
- The New York Times, By Steve Smith (full article here)

“Powerful and New…. Gia Forakis’ ingenious multimedia staging was built on stylized gesture, incorporating soft-focus black-and-white films by Stephen Taylor that suggested the inner and outer lives of the protagonist without being prescriptive.”
- The Wall Street Journal, By Heidi Waleson (full article here)

“Director Gia Forakis deserves the highest praise for her work. She and her team conceived and choreographed a stunning artwork of sight and sound that worked extremely well the intimate space of The Kitchen, but would not feel out of place on a larger stage as well.
Song from the Uproar is a thrilling drama that deserves to be performed many more times in the future.”
- I Care If You Listen.com By Lauren Alfano (full article here)

“Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer… uses the repetitions of musical lines and choreographed movement (courtesy of director Gia Forakis) as a means of understanding her character’s own state of being, the way a burgeoning reader would sound out the same word until it clicked in their head… a cool 75 minutes that packs a Ring–worthy punch… a meticulously maintained Versailles of abstraction and atmosphere.”
- Operavore, By Olivia Giovetti (full article here)
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TO GF&CO

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What is GF&CO?

GF&CO is a collective of theater artists committed to the exploration, experimentation and application of One-Thought-One-Action™ in ACTION under the Artistic Direction of Auteur Director and Theater Artist, Gia Forakis, founder and teacher of the acting and directing technique, One-Thought-One-Action™.

Our Commitment is to the application of One-Thought-One-Action™ in ACTION (OTOA™ in ACTION) via the staging and re-imagining of both old and modern classical texts in pursuit of their contemporary relevance, as well as to the creation of original adaptations and company-generated new work while exploring new avenues in form and style towards the creation of a vivid, highly detailed, physically engaging approach to story-telling.
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What is One-Thought-One-Action™?

One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)TM is an acting and directing technique developed by New York director and acting coach, Gia Forakis, as a method for identifying smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action.

OTOA Two-Day Intensive
June 23rd and 24th
Time and Location: TBD
Attendance on BOTH days in Mandatory

For more information visit:

ONE-THOUGHT-ONE-ACTION™

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What is a SALON?
The Salon Series is a Social Gathering designed to foster a nourishing environment for the experimentation of OTOA™ in ACTION via lab-like, theatrical stagings within an informal, intimate setting. Each Salon is followed by a wine & refreshments reception, and a Talk-Back with The Company as a means of providing a vital and engaging forum for dialogue and the exchange of ideas as we endeavor to build a lasting community of invested audience members for GF&CO.
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718.208.6583
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Company Members 2012
Adam Boncz
Danielle Delgado
Katrina Foy
Ed Herbstman
Marcus Ho
Tom Ligon
Jennifer Lim
Kerry Milliron
Ninon Rogers
Affiliated Members
Ümit Celebi
James Chen
Juju Stulbach
Associate Artists
Tony Naumovski
Riley Teahan
Production Intern
Maria Galuppo
Java Hauz, 169 Java St Brooklyn, New York 1 1 2 2 2
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GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY
Ph: 917.687.4116
giaforakisandco@gmail.com
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GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY
Java Hauz
169 Java Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222
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Song From The Uproar

January 16th, 2012

SONG FROM THE UPROAR is a new multimedia opera inspired by the life of Swiss adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt, composed by Missy Mazzoli. SONG FROM THE UPROAR features mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer as Isabelle, and includes a libretto by Royce Vavrek, video by Stephen Taylor, and stage direction by Gia Forakis.

 

Dates: Feb 24, 25 & March 1, 2, 3, 2012

*As you see this is a very limited run but I am told that this is a “long” run for a new opera !!

Location: The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011-2899

Cost: $15 per Ticket

For Tickets Visit thekitchen.org

 

I have been developing this opera for the last 3 years after our critically acclaimed chamber production in Spring 2009 at the Galapagos Art Center. I do hope you will be in attendance Please reserve your tickets in advance!
MUCH JOY!
Gia

 

SONG FROM THE UPROAR is supported by a grant from The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Commissioned in part by Linda and Stuart Nelson with additional commissioning funds from the Mayer-Ahearn Family Charitable Fund.

OTOA January Workshop

January 3rd, 2012

OTOA

One-Thought-One-Action

An Acting & Directing Technique for Performing Artists

Taught by Founder

Gia Forakis

OTOA Two Day Intensive Workshop

DATES:

SAT. JAN 14 1:00 – 6:00pm

SUN. JAN 15 1:00 – 6:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH DAYS/TIMES

 

TWO DAY INTENSIVE: $200 Per Person

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $175 Per Person

 

Sign up by Jan 7th

-and get a $25 discount = $175

AFTER Jan 7th

-sign up with a friend and get $10 off = $190

CLASS SIZE LIMITED

 

LOCATION:

Hope-Martin Skylight Studio

39 W. 14th Street, 5th Floor

Union Square, btwn 5th & 6th Avenues

New York, New York 10011

 

For further workshop details

Or Contact:

GIAFORAKIS@AOL.COM

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www.giaforakis.com

 

GF&CO’s Holiday Party

January 3rd, 2012

GF&CO’s December 10th 2011 Holiday Party Was

A FETE Accompli

(tee hee!)

GF&CO Members & Guest-Patrons enjoyed a delicious home cooked feast, wine, hot cider, tree trimming, and the live and original bossa nova stylings from members of the bands Mosquitoes and Undersea Poem plus a live concert piano performance of a Bach Prelude by Phyllis Yampolsky.

We would like to extend our thanks to all who attended and to our generous donors.