World of Culture for Performing Arts | About VISIONS FOR A CHANGING THEATRE Program:
World of Culture, Mark Amitin, Theatre, NYC, The Living Theatre


MARK HALL AMITIN brings his expertise of 45 years of work in the experimental and international theatre as teacher, director, actor, writer, producer and manager. The programs provide a historical look at the experiments of many artists and companies in the U. S. and abroad, and a dialogue for the next generation of theatre artists. The workshops explore physical training, styles, forms and philosophies, derived from the work of Chaikin, Beck, Malina, Schechner, Ludlam, amongst many other directors, and Amitin’s own experiments. A longer residency can lead to the creation of a workshop presentation. The lecture/discussions examine the hagiography of over thirty years of experimentation accompanied by video, showing the work of numerous companies and artists Amitin has worked with. The video clips are from performances of such groups as The Living Theatre, Bread and Puppet Theater, Open Theatre, Manhattan Project, and Squat Theatre, to name a few.

The workshops are structured to meet the needs of the students and faculty of each individual institution, undergraduate and graduate levels, running about three hours each. The lecture, with video and discussion, is approximately two hours. Additional programs can be presented on international theatre, directing, auditioning, and producing/management. It is also possible to mount a small exhibition for display during longer residency programs, and to screen videos of full–length productions.

Since 1971 Amitin’s lectures, workshops and residencies have been presented at over 200 colleges, universities, festivals and conferences world-wide including: Moscow Art Theatre School, Beijing and Shanghai Drama Academies, Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Universities of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Parma, Schiller College/Berlin, American Embassy and Consulate in Israel, Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities, Palestinian National Theatre, American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center, ATA and ATHE conventions and for the National Theare Conference. The Universities of California, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. Yale, Columbia, Carnegie-Mellon, Smith, Swarthmore, Oberlin, Washington, Wesleyan, Wellesley, Drake, Notre Dame, Brigham Young, Villanova, Hampshire, Brown, Cal Arts, the Asia Society, and dozens of others.

His writings have been published in Performing Arts Journal, Travail Theatral, Win Magazine, The Village Voice, Hamptons Magazine, Black Book, US-China Review, Avenue Be, Our Town, Manhattan Spirit, The Westsider and The Chelsea-Clinton News.  He has contributed chapters to the books: Famous Women in the American Theatre (Greenwood), and Conversations on Theatre and Performance (Johns Hopkins). His work is mentioned in: The History of the Theatre, 2nd Ed. (Oscar Brockett), The Radical Theatre Notebook (Arthur Sainer), Living Theatre, USA (Renfru Neff), Theatre in Amerika  (Karen Malpede), Squat Theatre (Anna Koos and Eva Buckmuller),The Living Theatre (John Teitel), and Albee in Performance, (Rakesh Solomon).

In October 2003 New York University hosted a conference examining Amitin’s career, his organizations Universal Movement Theatre Repertory, World of Culture and the theatre companies and artists he has produced. The four symposiums included panels of academics, critics, journal editors, actors, directors and producers culminating with the opening of an exhibition curated by Amitin of over 200 items from his archives, now housed in New York University’s Bobst Library.

As a director Amitin has created works for the Copenhagen International Theatre Festival, Universite Paris, (where he taught and earned a Diploma of Profound Studies and his Doctorat), and in Gaza with Ashterot for Culture and Art. He has been included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.  Amitin’s archives are housed in the University of California, Davis, Shields Library and New York University, Bobst Library. Amitin has appeared in a number of films and theatre productions and on television, including Chantal Ackerman’s L’Histoire D’Amerique, Peter Lillienthal’s Wasserman, Alexandre Rockwell’s In The Soup, Steve Buscemi’s Animal Factory, The Equalizer, and Squat Theatre’s Andy Warhol’s Last Love.

  As producer he created and coordinated numerous theatre festivals, toured dozens of theatre companies and performing artists world-wide including Edward Albee, Spalding Gray, Mabou Mines, Living Theatre, Open Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Pilobolus, and dozens of others at major theatres in NY, including Lincoln Center, the Joyce, Vineyard, La MaMa, the Taper Forum, Guthrie, ACT, Goodman, ART, Kennedy Center, & Walker Arts Center, He negotiated contracts for actors in films of Coppola, Scorcese, Woody Allen, Mazursky, Bertolucci, Jarmusch, trained and represented such actors as Steve Buscemi, Peter Facinelli, Wilson Heredia (Tony Award, Rent), He has also taught over 40 classes on auditioning at major institutions and privately.

In September 2005 Amitin served as jury president for the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre and delivered the keynote lecture. In the fall of 2007 he directed his own environmental adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt as the production for the graduating class at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Fall of 2011 he presented two days of master classes at the National Theatre Institute/Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.

 (Photos from Shanghai Theatre Academy and University of Montevallo, AL. ) 

Listing of colleges, universities, institutes, festivals and conferences where Amitin has presented his lectures, workshops and residencies:


United States:

Agnes Scott College, GA

Amherst College, MA

Asia Society, NY

Ball State University, IN

Barry College, FL

Bowling Green State Univ. , OH

Brigham Young University, UT

Brookhaven College, TX

Brown University, RI

Bucknell University, PA

California Institute of the Arts*

Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Central College, IA*

Cerritos College, CA

City University of New York, Grad Ctr.

Coe College, IA

Columbia University*, NY

Cornell College, IA** *,

Cumberland College, NJ

Dean College, MA

Drake University, IA**

Drew University, NJ**

Eastern New Mexico State Univ. **

Edison Community College, FL

Florida State University** *

Gettysburg College, PA*

Goddard College, VT**

Great Neck Adult College, NY

Hampshire College, MA**

Hartwick College, NY

Hofstra University, NY

Illinois State University**

Iowa Wesleyan University

Kent State University, OH

La Verne College, CA

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Marlboro College, VT**

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Methodist University, NC

Michigan State University

Middlebury College, VT

Missouri Western University

National Theatre Institute- Eugene        O’Neill Theatre Center, CT**

New Hampton College, NH*

New Mexico Highlands University**

New School for Social Research, NY**

New York University*

Oberlin College, OH

Parsons School of Design, NY

Pratt Institute of Technology, NY

Rhode Island Governor’s School

Salem State College, MA

San Jose State University, CA** *

School for International Training, VT

Shasta College, CA** *

Smith College, MA*

State Univ. of New York – Buffalo**

State Univ. of New York – Stony Brook

Sullivan County Comm. College, NY

Swarthmore College, PA

University of California – Davis*

University of California – Riverside*

University of California- San Diego*

University of Cincinnati, OH

University of Colorado

University of Delaware

University of Evansville, IN

University of Florida**

University of Hartford, CT

University of Michigan

University of Montevallo, AL **

University of N. Carolina- Greensboro

University of Northern Iowa

University of Notre Dame, IN

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh, PA**

University of Rhode Island

University of South Florida

University of Texas – Austin

University of Toledo, OH

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Western Michigan

University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Virginia Polytech University

Villanova University, PA

Washington University, MO

Wellesley College, MA

Wesleyan University, CT*

Western Michigan University

Windham College, VT

Yale University, CT



Queens College, ONT.

North Vancouver Drama Assoc. , BC. **

St. Francis Xavier University, NS.

University de Laval, QUE.

University of British Columbia

University of Western Ontario



Copenhagen Interntional Theatre Fest. **

Festival of Fools** (Amsterdam, NE)

Groupo A** (Portugal)

Liceo Ginnasio Romagnosi (IT)

Liceo Scientifica Mantova (IT)

Liceo Scientifico Marconi (IT)

Mariaborgs Folkshogskola** * (SW)

Moscow Art Theatre School (USSR)

Oleg Tabakov Studio (USSR)

Schiller College (GER)

Scoula Media Fra Salimbene (IT)

Scoula Media Oltretottente (IT)

Universite Paris III  (FR)

Universite Paris VIII * **(FR)

Universiti Degli Studi de Parma** (IT)

University of Aarhus (DE)

University of Copenhagen (DE)

University of Lund (SW)

University of Stockholm (SW)



Beijing Central Drama Institute

Chinese Theatre Association-Beijing

Chinese Youth Art Theatre-Beijing

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Swiss-German Interntnl. School (HKG)

Shanghai Theatre Academy* **

Shanghai All Arts Federation

Shanghai Youth Art Theatre

Wuhan Opera and Acrobatic School


Middle East:

American Center** – US Consulate (Jerusalem)

Ashterot for Culture and Arts** (Gaza)

Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Cultural Center (Haifa)

Dar Al Jal’a for Arts and Culture**  (Gaza)

Hebrew University (Jerusalem)

Habama Theatre (Jerusalem)

Israel Festival** (Tel Aviv)

Palestinian National Theater** (East Jerusalem)

School for Visual Theatre** (Jerusalem)

Seminar Hakibbutzim** (Tel Aviv)

University of Tel Aviv**

United States Embassy** (Tel Aviv)

Cairo International Festival of

   Experimental Theatre (Egypt)***


ATHE – Association of Theatre in Higher Education* – National Conferences

American Association of Chinese Studies – National Conference

American College Theatre Festival** *  -National and Regional Festivals

American Theatre Association** – National Conferences

Association of Asian Studies – National Conference

Chinese –American Friendship Association – National Conference

Chinoperl – National Conference

Midwest Theatre Conference**

National Student Association

New England Theatre Association

Second International Theatre Conference

US-China Peoples Association – National Conference

National Theatre Conference – NY

100th Anniversary of Chinese Spoken Drama, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre–China



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