ABSTRACT

Steve Pearson, a professor in the program, had just introduced the Suzuki training into the MFA acting curriculum, and the director of this production wanted the actors to use the training as a preparation before rehearsals. In the mid-70s, Suzuki moved his company to Toga for part of the year and formed the company Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT). He began to invite Western theatre practitioners to train with his company in the summer months. Steve was introduced to Suzuki training by his former teacher, Jewel Walker, who invited him to see what was going on in the mountains of Japan, with this theatre company directed by Tadashi Suzuki. Steve traveled to Toga frequently and helped open up the opportunity for students to spend a few weeks training in Toga with Suzuki and his company.