Find other projects
This project was successfully funded on October 9, 2016

Completion of the Six Viewpoints Theory & Practice Manual

by Mary Overlie


I have been working on a manuscript for my theory and practices, the Six Viewpoints, for over two decades. Over that period the theater and dance worlds embraced this work in ever-widening circles. The Six Viewpoints have a worldwide reputation and are sited as being seminal to the artistic careers of such luminaries as Moises Kaufman and Ann Bogart. I began this project as a child growing up in Montana beginning with the question, “what are dance and theater made of?” I was seeking a language of a technical nature such as existed in painting. I discovered a wonderful language and in addition a uncovered philosophical depth to performance when laid bare by my deconstruction. Together they became a vast system, I carried the project with me through several major artistic and social changes of the 1960s and 70s until in the 90”s I had finally complete entire structure, theory and practices.

As the popularity of the Viewpoints expanded over the years, I worked tirelessly to fulfill the other priority, making sure that the vocabulary and philosophy were written down. In this process I “finished” approximately seven manuscripts. Each version represented an era of the writing project: 1) learning how to write by getting my voice and style stabilized, 2) getting the all the material down on paper 3) organizing the material into a linear narrative (the beginning of the real structure of the book), 4) improving my descriptive abilities and learning how not to repeat myself, 5) fleshing out parts of the theory to reveal the intent, 6) adding a more personal, story-telling aspect to what was dry text, 7) the final epiphany that brought the entire book together allowing the reader to visualize the pure source of this work. (My students, having received the Six Viewpoints directly from our classroom practice, would fill in this “core” when asked to read earlier versions of the manuscript.)

I have arrived at the final manuscript at last and am now seeking funds to help get the book published. Although I have an offer from Northwestern University, I am self-publishing. The book is in great shape—the text, photographs, narration having exceeded my expectations. I have no obligation to Northwestern, but appreciate their interest and have used the criticism and comments from anonymous readers sent the manuscript. But I am in dire need of the revenue the book will likely bring (since it already has a significant expectant audience). I would stand to make virtually nothing if published by Northwestern. Also as a benefit to self-publishing, I get to choose where the book will go, and a part of the focus will be communities who wouldn't have had direct access or funds for it. 

I have hired on a young publicity/design team with excellent credentials who will manage all the production stages of this book, making sure it moves forward successfully. The book will be printed in Billings, Montana by a very reputable press and distributed first via my own new website, and then Amazon and Barnes and Noble down the line. This website is being created around my career, the book and the Six Viewpoints to serve the community of artists who have been working with this material for decades. 

I promise you will not be disappointed in what your donations will achieve.

Mary Overlie

Match Funds are not currently available.

Previous donations matched by:

    • January 20, 2017 Matthew Glass Community Member

      When do you release the digital download.

    • January 20, 2017 Matthew Glass Community Member

      When do you release the digital download.

    • December 19, 2016 Kristof Van Perre Community Member

      Hi, when will the book be released?

    • October 20, 2016 Matthew Glass Community Member

      When do you release the digital download?