COMPANY MISSION

Re-Envisioning The Creative Process, One Thought and One Action At A Time
 
GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY (GF&CO) dedicated to the application of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™ through art, ritual and performance, under the Artistic Direction of Theater/Visual Artist and OTOA Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis, and the Associate Artistic Direction of Theater/Visual Artist/Teacher and OTOA Managing Director, Darya Gauthier.
 
GF&CO’s Mission is built upon the premise that the arts are where we
encounter our humanity, nurture our civility, and fortify our connection to one another. We aim to do this though our commitment to putting One-Thought-One-Action into action by creating projects that remind us to foster something larger than our quotidian sense of self.

OTOA is the study and practice of identifying smaller increments of thought as smaller moments of physical action. OTOA as a Performance Training Technique (PT&T) is designed for performers, directors, collaborators, theater makers and public speakers. OTOA as a Creative Life Practice (CLP) is for creative thinkers in any field.

OTOA is also our sister enterprise offering classes, workshops, seminars, salons, studio-projects and performance-labs that are open to the public, as well as GF&CO member training, project development, production and residencies. CLICK HERE for Offerings & Schedules.


RE-ENVISIONING GF&CO: A letter from the Gia ....


Although the One-Thought-One-Action technique grew out of a performance aesthetic, after the last 13 and a half years of developing and working with OTOA as a stage director and teacher, and during the last 5 years of running GF&CO as a production company, it’s become very clear that the same principles that bring clarity and enrichment to the staged event are just as meaningful when applied to the individual and collective activities that take place off of the stage. 

What began as a forum for engaging audiences with new avenues of theater-making, through the exploratory lens and innovative technique of OTOA, we have re-envisioned as a platform for engagement of the public in a wider range of forums beyond theater production.

 

Our aim is to offer an expanded variety of workshops, labs, salons and studio-projects with a broader range of OTOA application. We see this as an opportunity to serve a larger community by sharing the creative and the practical benefits of OTOA.

In a very personal way, our members have found the principles of OTOA to be vital criteria for enhancing their craft as well as versatile tools for: maintaining longevity in their field, pragmatic administrative application, untangling professional, personal or artistic road-blocks, and as basic support for the daily discipline of a creative practice in any field and for any enterprise. 

 

OTOA's practice of incremental thought and action is the preliminary step that manages all our goals, no matter what the project --big or small, quotidian or visionary.

 

OTOA has been the central operating principle behind GF&CO, artistically and administratively, since its inception, and in an age where multi-tasking challenges our depth of attention and engagement, we see that OTOA is the most valuable commodity and creative tool that we have to offer to the public and to one another."


- Gia Forakis, Brooklyn, February, 2016