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Transformation through the art of acting via unique methods and online tutoring

Methodology stems from the Russian theatre tradition, focusing on the actor as creator. The students discover through text analysis and improvisation their creative self, they develop their own voice and are introduced to the power of speech as action. They learn to read and see what is behind the immediate cliches and they uncover true action.

Lessons can be cancelled free of charge 2 days in advance of schedule

I teach acting, improvisational theatre. For the level(s)beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional, kids.
I give lessons exclusively by Webcam.

Maria's Experience

Dr of Philosophy in Theatre Practice as Research
10 years experience in theatre pedagogy
Teaching students internationally and for institutions such as the University of Kent, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Young Vic Theatre
Unique approach and rarely seen methods

Maria's CV

MARIA GAITANIDI

Theatre Director and Pedagogue

PUBLICATIONS
Stanislavsky in Greece, in Stanislavsky in the World, ed. By Stefan Aquilina, Methuen, Bloomsbury, 2017 (chapter)
Maud’s Song and Heraklitus’s Logos, in Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, August 2017
Anatoli Vassiliev and the art of Tai Chi, in The Drama Review, Date TBC
To have or not a Master in your life, in Venezia Musica, March 2012

TRAINING/EDUCATION
2007-2013 University of Kent Canterbury, UK
Doctor of Philosophy, Theatre Practice as Research
Title of thesis: A ludic proposition for acting ancient Greek drama

2008-12 Centro Teatrale di Ricerca Venice, Italy
Theatre Director and Pedagogue for actors and directors led by Russian
Director Anatoli Vassiliev
- Practice based training in acting and pedagogy through the works of Chekhov, Pirandello, Plato.
- Research of anthropological ways of approaching drama in different cultures.
- Evaluation of pedagogical methods for the transmission of theatre practice.

2002-05 Royal Holloway University, University of London Egham, UK
BA in Drama and Theatre Studies, High 2:1
2001-02 Universite Libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium
MPhil in Philosophy and Culture, High First
1998-1999 Universite Libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium
Certificate in Film Analysis and Aesthetics
1996-2000 Universite Libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium
Licence in Philosophy and Anthropology, High First

WORK EXPERIENCE
2017 The Young Vic Theatre London, UK
Workshop Leader on directing and the actor’s pedagogy

2016 Central School of Speech and Drama London, UK
Workshop Leader in Acting Techniques

2016 The Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts London, UK
Workshop Leader in Acting Techniques

2014-2015 Christ Church University Canterbury, UK
Sessional Lecturer
- Teaching the Classical Acting Techniques Module to 3rd Undergraduates, including Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Maria Knebel’s pedagogical approaches, through practice on Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky’s plays.

2011 - 2014 University of Kent Canterbury, UK Assistant Lecturer
- Teaching Modules: ‘Anthropology and Performance’ and ‘Performing the Classics’, including a seminar on philosophical theories in performance (from Plato to Deleuze), teaching a group of 18 students through lectures, seminars, practical training towards a public presentation.
- Leading one-to-one tutorials, rehearsals and essay supervision.
- Administering feedback, marking input and designing assessment material essay and practice based.
- Researching contemporary ways of performance.
- Evaluating contemporary Ancient Greek Drama performances across France, Poland, Italy and the U.K.

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