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Summer 2020 Core Faculty & Artistic Advising Staff
Stephanie Mavrides (Founding Director) is the founding Director and Executive Producer of International Theatre & Dance Project (formerly Int'l Dance Project) and the Alexander Children’s Theatre School (ACTS). She also serves as the Senior Financial Production Advisor for Theater Uncorked, and as the Director for the Waltham Recreation Department’s Summer Drama Camp and Summer Dance Camp, a collaboration with IDP & ACTS.
A graduate of Suffolk University and Emerson College, Ms. Mavrides has performed with Edward Villella, National Ballet of Greece, Athens Ballet, Dimitri Ivanov Ballet, Boston Chamber Dance Ensemble, Bay State Ballet, Copley Square Ballet Company, as well as numerous, musicals, cabarets, television specials, concerts and fashion shows, in the US and Europe. She has coordinated and produced many educational dance and theatre seminars, workshops, dance concerts and musicals both domestically and abroad. Ms. Mavrides is a recipient of the Capezio Award for Excellence for Choreography.
Lenni Stone (Program Coordinator/Musical Theatre Dance Teacher/Shakespeare & Text) will teach a standard Musical Theatre Styles dance class, beginning with a thorough technical warm-up, jazz-based across the floor, and culminating in Broadway Repertory Choreography combination. Students will strengthen both their technical and artistic skills through routine, feedback, and exploring a variety of styles. Her Shakespeare workshops will focus on using the text to inspire physical work to fulfill a character's intention. Work will be both individual and group-based for both monologues and scenes.
Ms. Stone is in the final stages of her dissertation for her MA in Shakespeare & Education from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in England. Ms. Stone is on track to complete her formal certification in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s teaching pedagogy. Currently, only one other individual in the USA has this credential. She is a former New York City and Boston based Actress, Singer, Dancer, and a member of Actor's Equity. Ms. Stone is an undergraduate of Wagner College's Theatre program and is currently the year-round Program Director of the Reagle Youth Theatre Workshop and the Director of Educational Programs at The Alexander Children's Theatre School. She also serves on the faculty for the arts concentration at the Corwin-Russell School. She has directed and choreographed at various summer youth and pre-college theatre programs and teaches both dance and theatre workshops year round for children ages 8-18.
McCaela Donovan (Suzuki Movement & Heightened Text) Ms. Donovan is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award-winning actress, theatre educator, and audition coach, and has served as Associate Artistic Director and founding member of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. She has performed A member of SAG-AFTRA, AEAa nd SAFD, Donovan has worked and taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
As Assistant Director of the BU School of Theatre, she serves as head of Admissions and Recruitment for performance, student advising, curricular changes, and also teaches in the areas of music theatre and career opportunities. Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD.
Shana Dirik (Administrative Advisor/Audition Technique A-Z) is excited to join the ITDP Summer Theatre & Dance Seminar in Greece for a second summer as a teaching professional. She is excited to share her vast knowledge of Improvisation for the Actor, Auditioning/ Feedback and coaching on both monologues and cold-reading skills, professional presentation, Monologue showcasing, and improv games that allow actors to trust, share and grow.
Ms. Dirik is an Irne Award-winning Equity actor from the Boston area who, after performing 40 years on the stages of New England, is excited to bring her unique vision as Artistic Director of her new theater company, Theater UnCorked! Her first "Pop-Up Musical" production of “Sweeney Todd in Concert” as the Producing Artistic Director, was critically acclaimed by reviewers and audiences alike where she reprised her IRNE winning role as Mrs. Lovett along with a very talented production crew and cast. She is honored to bring her vision to the Boston theater scene and is thrilled to be able to "UnCork the Artistic Possibilities!" Her vast experience in Community and Professional Theater has given her the tools to work with all types of actors, professional and non-professional. www.theateruncorked.com
Ashley DeLane Burger (Laban Movement for the Actor/Yoga) joins ITDP to teach Movement for the Actor and somatic practices of physical health in YogaTune Up.
Ms. Delane Burger is a performer, choreographer, and movement specialist originating from Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from Wagner College as a Theatre Performance major/Dance minor, after graduating from the Youth Performing Arts High School with a Dance major/Musical Theatre minor. In 2013, she completed her certification in movement analysis (CMA) at the Laban and Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and graduated with an MS in Kinesiology from Arizona Still University in 2018. Ms. Delane Burger joined the Wagner College Theatre faculty in 2015 teaching courses such as: Jazz III/IV, Ballet I/II, Movement for the Actor I/II, Musical Theatre Styles/Dance, Stretch and Fitness, Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer and Introduction to Acting.
Ms. Delane Burger has choreographed for MacHadyn Theatre, the New York Fringe Festival, YouTube sensation Corvyx and the off-Broadway 13th Street Theatre. Choreography Credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Working: 2012, Merrily We Roll Along, RENT, A Christmas Carol, South Pacific, Spring Awakening, Hair, The Call of the Siren, Grey Street, Down in a Hole, Lysistrata, & King John. Ms. Delane Burger has also performed professionally across the country and is an equity membership candidate.
Paul Bronisław Kmiec (Acting for Film) will be guiding students through the differences of stage and on-screen acting. He will focus on both non-verbal expression, as well as scripted text work.
Mr. Kmiec is a professional filmmaker and educator. He is currently completing his Master's in Film & Television Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Mr. Kmiec graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory in 2015 with a B.F.A in Writing & Directing for film. Recently his film "Skye" screened at the Solaris Film Festival in Nice, France and was awarded Best Director of Short Film Category at the Symi International Film Festival in Greece. Mr. Kmiec's music video, "When November Came" was awarded winner at the Berlin Flash Film Festival in Germany (July 2018) and will also be featured at the Movement for Peace event at the 17th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival this October 2019. In 2013 his film “Magi” won BEST SHORT FILM at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. In 2012 Mr. Kmiec was awarded The Joan Potter & Miriam Arsham Award for Directing Actors from SUNY Purchase College and is a two-time recipient of the Harriet Irsay Scholarship from the American Institute of Polish Culture. His essay, “Cinema: A Source of Polish Survival” was published in their annual magazine. Mr. Kmiec has lived and worked in Hollywood, Northern California and Boston where he has taught history and theatre. He will be returning as Film Instructor for the SUNY Purchase Summer Film Intensive for a fifth year.
Mr. Kmiec also studied acting in his time at SUNY Purchase, performed in live theatre and film upon and prior to his graduation and is an equity membership candidate. He is also a songwriter & musician, and headshot photographer. https://vimeo.com/pbk007
Joe Short (Suzuki Movement & Heightened Text) Mr. Short is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has performed in numerous theaters in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and elsewhere. Mr. Short was a founding artistic associate of two successful New England theatre companies: Bridge Rep of Boston and The Wilbury Theatre Group, in Providence, RI. He has also directed both professionally and at the university level, most recently directing True West, by Sam Shepard, for the Gloucester Stage Company. Mr. Short has taught acting at numerous universities in the area and has been an instructor of acting, voice, and movement at the University of Rhode Island since 2010. His wide interest in the craft of theater also includes the production support for the newly created Theatre, Dance, and Media concentration at Harvard University, and as production manager of the Gloucester Stage Company, a 176-seat professional theater in Gloucester, MA, since 2013. Mr. Short earned his B.F.A. at the University of Rhode Island, and is an M.F.A. graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. He lives in Boston with his wife, McCaela, and enjoys travelling (far and often is best!), hiking in the Berkshires, and woodworking in his free-time.
Rachel Bertone (Artistic Adviser & Collaborater) is an award-winning director/choreographer and a professor of theater and dance. Her work has been seen on stages both in New York and at top Boston professional theaters such as The Lyric Stage Company, Reagle Music Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre and Moonbox Productions. Favorite directing/choreography credits include: Cabaret, Carousel, Gypsy, The Wild Party, Barnum, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Show Boat, In the Heights, Musical of Musicals, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Brundibar, But the Giraffe, and Creative License. Ms. Bertone has served on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, and The American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. She holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Summer 2019 International Guest Teachers
Giannis Lagos (Ancient Greek Theatre & Acting ) will teach ancient Greek theory and present an introductory course in the practice of ancient Greek drama. He will initiate the participants in the world of ancient chorus, drawing text from Agamemnon (Aeschylus), Oedipus Rex (Sophocles), and Medea (Euripides).
Mr. Lagos studied theatrology at the university of Patras and went on to receive a first class honors master’s degree in ancient Greek drama at the university at Athens. He was the director of an amateur dramatics group which performed in several cities in Greece.
He has taught theater and theatrical games in primary education for years and has adapted and directed a number of theatrical plays for children and adults. He has also dramatized traditional fairy tales from Europe and the Balkans.
Mr. Lagos has participated in international seminars about ancient Greek drama and he is a member of Hellenic Theater Studies Association.
Eleni Moleski (Ancient Greek Theatre) is an actress, dramaturg for theatre and dance and tutor of Greek Literature and Theatre History. Eleni graduated at 2006 from the Department of History and Archaeology (focusing on History), of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. During her studies she received two scholarships from A.G Leventis Foundation and Cypriot State Institution Scholarships. Ms. Moleski also studied acting at the Higher Private School of Dramatic Art ‘Embros – Theatrical Workshop.” At 2014 she was awarded her a master’s degree in Text and Performance with higher distinction from the University of London, Birkbeck College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (focusing on Acting and Dramaturgy). From a very young age she received training in classical and contemporary dance and she holds an Award Degree from the Royal Academy of Dancing (with Honours).
Ms. Moleski has been working as actress since 2008 and she has collaborated with several directors, private and state theatre organisation such as Thanos Papaconstantinou (Hamlet, Venison, Pedestal, Colossus, Macbeth, Electra – National Theatre of Greece), Magdalena Zira ( Measure for Measure - Fantastic Theatre), Takis Tzamargias (Petros’ war - Cyprus State Theatre, Tribes- Stathmos Theatre), Efi Birba (Our beautiful hands – Res Ratio Network), Niketi Kontouri ( Trojan women - National Theatre of Northern Greece, Dancing at Lughnasa- Regional Theatre of Kozani and Regional Theatre of Ioannina), Dimitris Degaitis, Andri Theodotou, Zoé Lemonnier, Sophia Edlund, Betty Nikolessi, Marili Mastrantoni, Dimitris Karantzas, Stephanos Dregos and Filippos Filippou. She has also acted in the movies “Matriarchy” , directed by Nikos Kornilios, “Slay”, short film, directed by Christos Mouroukis and “And God created… the Greeks”, directed by Giorgos Karypidis, Dimitris Makris, Thanassis Scroubelos and Vasilis Vafeas. On television she has worked for Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation for the series “Footsteps on the Sand” and “At the Edge of Paradise”.
Ms. Moleski has also worked as dramaturg in different theatre and dance projects and collaborated with the directors Thanos Papaconstantinou, Niketi Kontouri, Takis Tzamargias, Filippos Filippou and the choreographer Charis Kousios. In 2014 she directed a performance that combined theatre and dance based on Puskin’s “A feast in time of plague”, at Backford Studio του Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has thought Greek Literature and Theatre History at Higher Private School of Dramatic Art ‘Embros – Theatrical Workshop” (2010- 2013). The last two years she has led seminars and organised theatrical workshops for educators as well as teenagers for the public schools of Marousi in Athens. The workshops led to a theatre festival of school performances with the title, “Theatropedagogia”.
Cindi Trent (Ancient Greek Theatre & Dance) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her professional training in dance and musical theater at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, where she majored in Dance Performance and Theater Education (concentration in Musical Theater). She is a faculty member of the Frances Rich School of Fine and Performing Arts at Deree – The American College of Greece where she has created and teaches Dance and Musical Theater courses such as Body Awareness and Movement, Jazz Dance Technique, Tap Dance, Introduction to Musical Theater, Choreographies of the American Musical, Musical Theater Performance Skills.
Ms. Trent served as Coordinator of the Deree Dance Program for over 10 years and directed the Deree Dance Company. Since 1995 she has been teaching dance, movement for actors and musical theater at the Veaki School of Dramatic Arts where she also directs and choreographs the degree-granting examinations for dance and musical theater. Her extensive teaching experience also includes a ten-month course for the Alumni Organization of the University of Athens Theater Department, seminars in Musical Theatre at the Ionian University of Music in Corfu, and numerous seminars in Cyprus and Thessaloniki.
Ms. Trent is the founder and director of “STAGEDOOR” An Open Platform for Musical Theatre Performance, located in Athens, Greece. She has staged, lighted, directed and choreographed numerous musicals, dance and music productions at the Herod Atticus, Athens Concert Hall, and the Pallas Theater. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and a Certified Autism Movement Therapy Provider:
Kay Will (Studio Host and Paros Culture & Arts Activities) will serve as our activities guide and host while on the island.
Mr. Will was born years ago in Germany, but considers himself a `Mixed Salad´: a mix of Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, French, Russian- and Greek (Athens).
After mid-exams at university in law and economics Mr. Will found out that photography was the passion of his life. He learned advertising-photography in the US, returned back to Germany and immediately opened up an advertising agency with an attached photo-studio with a Brazilian graphic-designer as a partner.
One passion never comes alone: The love for Greece was increasing year by year, and the decision to move to Paros was a consequent one, which he never regretted. Ms. Bettina Will-Sterr, his wife, was an international competition dancer for 19 years, in Latin and Ballroom dance. They built up the `Paros Dance Academy´ on their beloved island. Besides working on photography in Paros, Mr. Will created his own challenges in building up new ideas for Paros Social Media Advertising. He is also in the process of creating the new institution `PAREA- Paros Residents Activities´. Mr. Will enjoys teaching photography as well as taking pictures, and offers photography-workshops for groups or individuals.
Bettina Will-Sterr (Studio Host and Specialty Classes in Latin Ballroom) is the co-founder of 'Paros Dance Academy.'
Ms. Will-Sterr was an International Latin & Standard Ballroom competition dancer for 19 years. She ranked 14 in the World as the German vice-champion at the International Dance Sport Federation , top five in Germany for 7 years, and spent 7 years as the Southwest German champion. Ms. Will-Sterr teaches to all levels from beginner to competition. She has also been a Pilates instructor for 10 years and maintains four Zumba instruction licenses.
"I see myself not only as a teacher of step-sequences and choreographies: Feel the rhythm and the music, feel the character and the passion of the different dances. This is what is most important for me and this is really what makes a good dancer- and believe me: it makes a lot more fun."