"BSTL is Eden. A place where unbounded experimentation, trust, and
dedication play a large part in the group finding new sensations, images,
techniques, and tools together. It is a testament to the notion that through
a generous group process--- we find ourselves. Isolation is not possible,
walls are not possible, and static is not possible in such a place of coming
together around the prismatic investigation of theater."
-Annie B. Parson, Artistic Director, Big Dance Theatre
"BSTL is a time and place of inexplicable freedom and joyful creativity...
... through an agreement to leap."
-Alix Angelis, NYU, Experimental Theatre Wing, student
"It's the most important 2 weeks of the year for me. The teachers,
environment and caliber of work make it the most potent creative
exploration and outlet I've experienced."
-Camron Robertson, Graduate NYU, Experimental Theatre Wing
"Big Sur Theatre Lab allowed me to reconnect with the essential elements of
the craft--raw creative energy, big play, and simple exposure. I have a
deep respect and admiration for the teachers I have been priveleged to work
with particularly Raina Fernandez Von Waldenberg and Annie B. Parsons. In
vastly different approaches they provided physical, emotional, and
intellectual challenges that have ultimately had a deep impact on my ideas
of the possibilities of " performance" and the nature of theatre itself.
Lastly, I cultivated sincere relationships with people that have continued
not only artistically but personally. I made some friends that I treasure
more than words. This program is a true gift. I am so glad I chose to give
this to myself."
-Gustine Fudickar, actress, Los Angeles, New York
"It's at the same time the most challenging and safest place, where you
can to push your self creatively and personally further into those
areas that usually intimidate or frighten you or let yourself gently
wander into wholly new territories."
-Vincent Cardinale, Graduate Central School of London, CircusSpace
"The setting of Big Sur is magical… It is nestled amongst redwoods with a creek flowing by, and it
gives the feel of the earth embracing you. The work we do is so
unique and it is an unearthing and expansion of self. This type of
training was different than any other acting training I had ever done,
and it inspired me to pursue this type of work further. Authenticity
and Craft are truly found here."
-Nicolee Nazemi, Naropa University, Performance Art Masters Candidate
"The summer I was at Big Sur Theatre Lab I felt on the edge of many cliffs."
-K.J. Holmes, prolific dancer and Contact Improv instructor, Movement Research NYC.