Sita Mani, Head of Movement at Columbia University’s Graduate Acting Program, and Justine Wolf Williams, Faculty at Yale School of Drama and NYU, will join The Actors Center’s Resident Company in May 2022, for a series of artist development workshops focused on movement, wellness, and the actor at play.
Sita Mani is Head of Movement for the Graduate Acting Program at Columbia University and a founding faculty member of The Studio New York. She has also taught at The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, Mark Morris Dance School, Feldenkrais Institute, HB Studio, Scott Freeman Studio, and The Drama School Mumbai, as well as privately. Her training includes Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The School Of Western Dance and Classical Ballet, Michael Howard Studio and The Feldenkrais Institute. She is a scholarship recipient and graduate of The Actors Center Teacher Development Program and The Hagen Teacher Training Lab. Certifications include Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Shiatsu and Reiki Practitioner. Movement work includes Dance, Contact Improvisation, Tae Kwon Do, Aerial Arts, Yoga, Alexander Technique and Lucid Body.
Justine Williams is an actor-creator and director working across theater, film, and social practice. In her work, she strives to evoke (and invoke) a sense of theatricality, pathos and play. Original work has been developed and/or presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Public Theater, Are Nova, Abrons Arts, Dixon Place and the Leslie Lohman Museum, and has been supported by Queer|Art and The Orchard Project. Her film work as actor/director has presented at Maryland Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Rotterdam Film festival, and many more. She is a 2022 Aubrey Fellow with New Georges working on A History of Gatherings, a new work of performance and live cinema. A teacher and scholar on play, collaboration and creation, she has been on faculty at Yale School of Drama and NYU since 2013, and maintains a thriving coaching practice for artists.