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Oct 26, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Segal Theatre

Photo: cover and text from Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture is the Body

Monday, October 26
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for an evening celebrating the work of Theatre Communication Group’s publishing wing with the publisher Terry Nemeth, Robert Weinert-Kendt (new editor of American Theatre magazine), and Kameron Steele (editor and translator of Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture Is the Body). Nemeth will highlight TCG’s unique contributions to the American landscape of theatre and introduce Weinert-Kendt who will outline his vision for American Theatre magazine. The evening will also feature a discussion of Culture is the Body, the writings of legendary theatre director Tadashi Suzuki, who created a video for the Segal evening.

Terry Nemeth has led TCG’s publishing programs since 1982. He helped launch American Theatre magazine, the only national magazine on theatre in the U.S., in 1984 and oversaw the expansion of the book program. Today’ TCG Books is the largest independent publisher of dramatic literature in North America and home to fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. Before joining TCG, he spent 14 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he co-founded Mudra, a literary publishing house, and was one of the original employee-owners of Bookpeople, which was the most prominent distributor for independent publishers in the country where he also directed its book imprint, Wingbow Press. He was awarded an Obie in 2004 for play publishing.

Kameron Steele was born in Duluth, Minnesota, raised in Baltimore, Maryland.  After receiving his BFA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 1991, Steele joined Tadashi Suzuki’s SCOT company in Toga, Japan, where he has since worked as an actor, translator, teacher and assistant director, appearing in King LearIvanov, Dionysus and Greetings from the Edge of the Earth, among others. From 1998–2008 Steele also worked extensively at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, appearing in Wilson’s touring productions of Persephone, The Days Before, Woyzeck and the title role in Prometheus. A graduate of the CalArts MFA directing program, Steele has presented works in New York City at HERE, P.S.122, PRELUDE, LMCC and the Public Theater, as well as on tour in Argentina, Mexico, Belgium and Spain. In addition to Suzuki’s writing, he has translated and/or adapted works by Yukio Mishima, Shuji Terayama, Kobo Abe, Masataka Matsuda and Mikuni Yanaihara, as well as the English subtitles for Kazuhiro Soda’s landmark documentary films Senkyo (Election) and Engeki (Theatre). Since 2011 he has led the Suzuki Method of Actor Training Summer Program in Toga along with Italian director Mattia Sebastian, and currently teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Tadashi Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), the organizer of Japan’s first international theater festival (Toga Festival), and the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Suzuki has articulated his theories in a number of books. He has taught his system of actor training in schools and theaters throughout the world. Besides productions with his own company, he has directed several international collaborations.

Rob Weinert-Kendt is editor-in-chief of American Theatre. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Back Stage West and writes about theatre for the New York Times, Time Out NY, and the Los Angeles Times. He studied film at USC and is a composer member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

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