Virtuosi… an extraordinary workshop

Virtuosi… an extraordinary workshop

Dates: May 6-17, 2013 – Place: Weitra Castle, Austria – by invitation only

“The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen.”

Claude Debussy


Dear Actor,


Ten years ago, Robert and I embarked on an adventure that would change our lives. We wanted to know how actors from other cultures developed their craft, and so, one day, we packed our bags, we said goodbye to our home and hit the road. Like in the old days of theatre troops, we became gypsies.


Little did we know that the International Theatre New York adventure was going to grow so widely and reach so far. That so many people were going to follow suit and start adventures of their own. Everybody working with love and passion towards acting, performing, the creation of characters and the telling of stories.


We went in search of answers, and what we found has dramatically changed the way IT New York actors approach character creation.


We want to thank all of you who have worked with us so hard to achieve what ITNY is today. That is why we have designed Virtuosi… an extraordinary acting workshop.


What is Virtuosi?


We have invited a group of actors to live with us for two weeks, in a castle in Weitra, Austria. There they will be working hard in the development of what for us are the most difficult characters in theatrical literature.


For this workshop, we have developed a series of new exercises and rehearsal procedures that will challenge their talents to the extreme.

We have invited Peter McAllister, an acclaimed director and expert in Shakespeare to help us with the texts. We will also have a small library of materials ready to use for research.


And this is not all! Some of you, who have taken our workshops before, have heard us talking about Kirsten Russell and the Linklater technique.

Well, we are happy to announce that Kirsten will be teaching this extraordinary voice technique at the workshop.


How can you be part of this adventure?


It is a tradition of ITNY to allow observers in the workshops, and this case is no different. Although this time, observers will be there not only to watch, but to participate by creating the supporting roles for these extraordinarily challenging scenes.


Imagine a castle, first built in 1201 in the woods of ancient Bohemia, in what is now Austria, near the border to the Czech Republic.


Can you picture yourself walking through the corridors of this castle just to find yourself face to face with King Lear? Can you imagine eavesdropping on a conversation between Medea and Jason? What about walking into the forest and challenging Richard III to a duel? And when you are done wooing Ophelia behind Hamlet’s back you can then relax while being entertained. Or better yet: do you have a monologue? Do you sing? Do you play an instrument? Do you write? Are you working on something exciting? You can share it with us in our “Bohemian Nights.”


If you are ready to participate as an observer, then you should contact us right away because there are just a few spaces available.


The workshop will take place May 6-17, 2013. Contact us about the special prices for Observers.


In addition, our host and co-producer, Stephanie Fürstenberg, has found extremely low-cost housing options for everyone in and around the surrounding village of Weitra. The organizers will be Julia Schranz, who organizes our Vienna workshops so expertly, and Heiner Mohnen, IT New York’s special projects producer.


For reservations contact:


Julia Schranz:


If you have any questions or just want to say hello contact:


Robert Castle:

Alejandra Orozco:

Heiner Mohnen:


If you want to know more about Weitra and the Castle visit:


We will love to see you there.


Alejandra Orozco and Robert Castle





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"I am now experiencing tremendous freedom in my acting, the whole process of how to approach a character."

Trine Starup Madsen
Copenhagen Workshops 2004 and 2005