"With OTOA you cannot betray yourself."
-Tony Naumovski, Actor
“I have taken part in the OTOA workshop, and find Gia's teaching and OTOA's philosophy refreshingly practical and rooted towards achieving a visceral authenticity… Gia spoke to everything I believe. I am going to continue to encourage all of my students investigate this work."
- Vicki Shaghoian, Assistant Professor of Acting, Yale School of Drama
What is OTOA Performance Technique & Training (PTT)?
OTOA PTT is a method for creating a vivid, engaged and dynamic life on stage or screen.
OTOA PTT identifies incremental components of thought as specific moments of physical action.
OTOA PTT brings specificity, versatility and dynamic physical vitality to the stage
Who Can Benefit from OTOA PTT?
OTOA PTT benefits actors, performing artists, stage & film directors, singers, collaborators, theater makers, & public speakers.
“It is magical when the shape leads into the next thought.” - Jordan Schachter, Writer/Director
What Does OTOA PTT Offer?
A clear approach towards a more liberating, physically connected, and moment-to-moment life on stage
Tools for crafting visually engaging storytelling
A method for a more confident stage presence
A useful vocabulary between performer and director
OTOA PTT Addresses Four Major Performance Obstacles:
Lack of variety
Wider range of movement
In Practice, OTOA PTT Brings:
A more dynamic physical vitality to the stage
“OTOA forces the actor to “think” from the body.” – Katrina Foy, Actor
CLASS PARTICIPATION includes individual and group exercises and observation.
EXERCISES are followed by class discussion and exchange.
ALL WORKSHOPS are led by OTOA Founder, Master Teacher and Theater Artist, Gia Forakis.
PTT Workshops Include:
- The identification of increments of thought
- An exploration of space & time through action
- An introduction to shape as a component of action
- An introduction to Storytelling
- How thought informs physical action
- An exploration of form & content as shape & thought
- Engaging the text
- The physical memorization technique
- Walking the text
- Locomotive tableau
- Movement with Music
- Compositions with Shape
- Tableau Improvisations
- Shape Scenarios
Additional Study Topics Include:
- Craft vs. Style
- Style vs. Technique
- Discipline & Craftsmanship
- Thought & Action
OTOA as a reliable method: As a Performance Technique OTOA can be used in its pure form or incorporated to work in tandem with other performance-based methods or public speaking systems.
In rehearsal and performance, OTOA addresses three major performance obstacles: generalization, lack of variety and physical detachment (e.g.: "What should I do with my hands?”).
OTOA liberates the participant through a very practical technique that ultimately brings physical variety and vitality to the stage.
OTTO PTT Workshop Formats Include:
“One of the most useful things I came away with from this workshop was how much physical variety is actually possible in even a short monologue.” - James Chen, Actor
“My past experience has often been one of helpless, hopeless prayer to access the character through some vague emotional/ psychological process. I was startled to find that OTOa gave me a deeper & clearer understanding of the character and his motivation by methodically identifying the separate thoughts in the text... ”
- Kerry Milliron, Actor
The Development of OTOA PTT
OTOA arose out of a personal and professional imperative as a theater artist, to get more detailed, specific, and physically dynamic performances from the actors I was working with.
It was this desire that forced me to consider more deeply what it was I found the most satisfying and compelling when watching a performance of any kind.
It became clear that what engages me the most is the physical expression of the performers thinking process. It is through this type of physical expression that I gain entrance into a production, it is what pulls me in, and what enables me to invest more fully in the production.
It is the specific visualization of thought into action that distinguishes the stage’s capacity for expression from that of radio or literature, thereby providing a more visceral event for the audience. And it was this observation that became the primary motivation in the development of OTOA as a performance technique and training".
~ Gia Forakis,
OTOA Founder, Master Teacher
& Theater Artist