July 1, 2019

The Six Viewpoints Summer Masterclass Course

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Mary Overlie and Wendel Beavers 



Dates & Times:

Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July 2019.

Physical Address:

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park
Burnt Oak Lane
, Kent
DA15 9DF
United Kingdom


This summer’s classes, usually focused on the Viewpoints practices, will be focused on forming a solid understanding of the foundation, the origin and structure of this work.  The benefit of this approach is meant first to establish and preserve the Viewpoints through connecting to their foundation. This approach is meant to prepare a dynamic ground for students to explore within the viewpoints structure. Extending from this base the workshop will then focus on topics of pedagogy, performance and making individual work.

This may be taken as a part of a two-week workshop divided into two sections. The first is primarily led by Mary Overlie the second is primarily led by Wendell Beavers. Students are invited to enrol in one or both workshops. This course in week one is a prerequisite for the advanced course in week two. 

*This may be taken as a part of a two-week workshop divided into two sections. The first is primarily led by Mary Overlie the second is primarily led by Wendell Beavers. Students are invited to enrol in one or both workshops depending on their history of working with the Viewpoints. New comers must take the first course and may take the second.

Course Director – Mary Overlie

Mary Overlie is the originator of the Six Viewpoints, a performance theory and practice, which is now commonly known as Viewpoints and is taught in many universities and colleges in the USA and abroad.  Ms. Overlie is the co-founder of two well-known dance institutions in New York City: Movement Research and Danspace at St Mark’s Church. From 1984 to 1994 she worked extensively abroad, as a teacher, choreographer and dancer.  She was a board member and for a time the assistant director of the Pro Series division of the Tanz Wochen Wein. Overlie was the director of the Viewpoints Studio, a one semester intensive course that was maintained at Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama at NYU.

She is a former Arts Professor in the Department for Undergraduate Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU).  She was the first faculty hired to begin the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, 1978 and served as director from 1987 to 1990.

She has received two Bessie Awards first for conceiving the Studies Project for Movement Research and second for her solo “Location of Love” combined with her contributions to the NY dance community. She is a respected member of the avant-garde theatre community collaborating with both Lee Breuer and Joanne Akalities of Mabou Mines, Laurence Sachrow, Anne Bogart and Brian Jusha among others.

She is published in numerous publications: Training the American Actor, edited by Arthur Bartow, Manifesto Now edited by William Daddario and most recently her book, Standing in Space, the Six Viewpoints.

Course Director – Wendell Beavers in Collaboration with Mary Overlie

Wendell Beavers, a choreographer, director, performer, and educator; instrumental in the founding and development of seminal programs that have researched and disseminated The Six Viewpoints work, somatic movement techniques, and diverse approaches to creating performance. He founded Naropa University's MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance Program in 2004, Directing that program until 2015 and was a founding faculty member and Director (1984-1990) of The Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) at NYU teaching there from 1979-2003. The Naropa program joined The Six Viewpoints to meditation practices and contemplative education. At ETW he collaborated with Mary Overlie in applying the Viewpoints over many years. He was also a co-founder and early director of Movement Research Inc. in New York.  His work has been seen in New York at Dance Theater Workshop (now NY LIVE ARTS) and PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place/Vineyard Theatre and as part of many loft space projects.  He also has taught his own Developmental Technique™ extensively in the American Dance Festival’s Six-Week School and in numerous university venues in the US and in Europe. He currently teaches, directs and performs under the auspices of his company SomaticPerformer LLC. He recently retired as Associate Professor of Performance at Naropa University and continues to teach in the Naropa MFA and ETW/NYU. He studied extensively with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, developer of Body Mind Centering® and Jean Hamilton, originator of The Hamilton Floor Bar. Recent Guest Artist Residencies include Ohio University (Sept ‘15), SITI Co. Saratoga Intensive (June ‘15. '16 ’17 ‘18), NYU/ETW (Spring ’16 and Fall ’17, Spring ’18, Fall ‘18), Nine Years Theater/Singapore (Nov. ’16), University of Colorado, Boulder (March 2018).


Early bird fee of £630 (if paid in full by 30 April 2019)

Contact Email: Email: enquiries@bruford.ac.uk  

Contact Phone: Tel: +44 (0)20 8308 2600Call: +44 (0)20 8308 2600 

Web Address for More Information: https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/the-six-viewpoints-and-performance/