The Practice of Authentic Movement for the Performing Artist


Sum Theatre is proud to offer a rare opportunity…

A master class with world-renowned teacher Judith Koltai!

After successful workshops with Sum Theatre and the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, Judith returns in 2019 offering opportunity to build upon previous experience as well as to introduce the Practice of Authentic Movement  to a new group of artists.

The Practice

Authentic Movement, which originated in the dance world in the late 1950s, invites and teaches the ability to listen to and follow deep internal cues from the body. In the application of Authentic Movement to the actor’s practice, creative sources are accessed and given form through heightened attention to sensory/kinesthetic experience.

The Teacher

Judith Koltai, MA, ADTR, Master Movement Teacher and pioneer in the Application of Authentic Movement Practice to the Performing Arts. Past Director of Movement, National Voice Intensive of Canada; Invited Master Teacher in Movement, National Theatre School of Canada (2003-2008); Invited Guest Faculty, Venice Biennale College, Dance Section

For over 30 years, she has pioneered the application of the principles and the practices of this physical discipline to the spoken theatrical text as well as to the sourcing and developing of new theatrical material

The Workshop

will begin with introduction to the basic elements and forms of the practice of Authentic Movement, and will then move on to performance exploration enriched by the application of Authentic Movement practice. There will be opportunity for individual, dyadic, and collective exploration.

The Pleasure of the Text

Workshop participants are invited to come prepared with a memorized classical text in verse (Shakespeare or Greek or French/Racine/Moliere). Minimum 4, maximum 12 lines.

Choose a piece of text which is new to you, which you love (or hate), and which satisfies yet challenges you personally and artistically

You can read further about Authentic Movement and about Judith Koltai on the website.

2019 Workshop Details

Friday March 1st  7pm – 9pm

Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd – 10am – 5pm


*a small number of bursaries may be available, so please contact us (confidentially) if cost is an issue

Please email to request a spot. Please include a few sentences about your interest in this workshop and relevant experience.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants - early application is advised.

Acceptance into the workshop is not on a first come first served basis. We will attempt to select participants with attention to experience and to compatible diversity for a safe environment and enhanced collective and individual experience.