By 1989 Culp and Cogswell had formed a second group to study the effects of Walking, this time putting performers and therapists together for their reciprocal abilities; Performers were willing to use their bodies and emotions freely, while therapists had been trained to be observant of psychological effects and healing benefits.
Inspired by their findings, Culp formed the Walking Theatre Group in 1992 to work specifically with actors, writers and directors using the Walking-In-Your-Shoes™ process. In a workshop format, members were trained to apply the method to their needs as performing artists; Actors could walk characters, writers could walk their own work, and director’s could gain deeper insight and facilitate their vision through the highly effective process. By using the group and doing multiple “walks” of people and characters, the members found deeper levels of humanity that could further inspire their individual work and any project as a whole. It was in this period that Culp refined the Walking work for training by creating repeatable “guidelines”, “steps” and “questions” that would lead trainees into Walking with the most freedom, truth and benefit. Joseph continued to work with Dr. Cogswell leading WIYS workshops, presentations, seminars and study groups until the 2000’s. Joseph has introduced hundreds of people to WIYS, and trained many therapists who have gone on to make WIYS part of their practice and life work.
The Walking Theatre Group (and Workshop) is currently in residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. and performs original work regularly. The Walking Theatre Workshop serves as a home for theatre and film artists who wish to deepen their training as performers and create new work for theatre and film.
JOSEPH CULP - Actor, Director, Filmmaker
Son of late actor Robert Culp (I Spy, Greatest American Hero), Joseph has been working in theatre, film and television since 1982. His numerous acting credits include leading roles in Alan J. Pakula’s “Dream Lover”, “The Arrival”, “The Fantastic Four”(as Doctor Doom), Monte Hellman’s “Iguana”, and Maria Novaro’s “El Jardin del Eden”. He was featured in Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13”, HBO’s “Full Eclipse” and Mario Van Peebles’ “Panther” and “Badassss”. He co-starred in Hallmark’s “Wild Hearts” and the comedy sci-fi “Cyxork 7”. Television credits include “ER”, “Deep Space Nine”, “House” and recently as “Archie Whitman” in the hit series “Mad Men”.
Joseph won international critical acclaim for his performance as the starving writer in Maria Giese’s award-wining film “Hunger”(2007), a modern adaptation of Nobel winner Knut Hamsun’s classic 1890 novel, which he also produced and which featured his late father, actor Robert Culp. “Hunger” picked up Best Feature awards at Moondance Film Festival and FAIF Film Festivals. Joseph produced and co-starred in the award-winning indie feature “The Reflecting Pool” (2008), the first investigative drama to challenge the official version of the 9/11 attacks. “The Reflecting Pool” also screened internationally, garnering a Columbine Award at Moondance Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Chicago’s Polish Film Festival. Joseph recently directed the short film “TRACES” which had its European premiere at the Nordkapp Film Festival in Norway, and was an official selection at Palm Springs International ShortFest (2012).
New York theatre credits include Children of Darkness (opposite Ron Leibman) at The Actor’s Studio; A Step Out of Line at HB Playwrights, and the premieres of Raymond J. Barry’s Foul Shots (2004) and Awake in a World That Encourages Sleep (2011) at Theatre for the New City (opposite Mr. Barry). In Los Angeles: Barry’s Foul Shots, Awake in A World That Encourages Sleep at Electric Lodge; Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke directed by Kenneth McMillan; Gregg Ostrin's Rank and File; A Wilder Evening - Six Short Works by Thornton Wilder which Culp produced, directed and performed. He received a Los Angeles Drama-logue award for his performance as a rebel Irish coal miner in Jason Miller's Nobody Hears a Broken Drum.
Joseph is the founder of the L.A.-based Walking Theatre Group (since 1992), integrating theatre, film and transpersonal work for actors, writers, and directors. With the Group he has directed and performed his own adaptations of two short stories by Franz Kafka, The Judgment and In the Penal Colony. Recent productions include Reclamation (series I-IV) and Winter Walks. Joseph runs the Walking Theatre Workshop at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA where performers develop original work for theater and film. He is a Drama-Logue and SAG Award recipient.