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CV

EDUCATION

                                 

  • 2020 – 2024: Mphil in Performance Practice, 'Staging the lived experience of Trauma through Embodied Materiality', Guildhall School of Music and Drama

  • 2009 - 2011: Advanced Devised Theatre and Performance, London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), (Lecoq based Physical theatre training)

  • 2007- 2009:  MA Dramatherapy, University of Derby, School of Health and Science

  • 2002 - 2007: BSc Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Economic and Social Sciences, Major in Special Education​

SELECT ARTISTIC WORK

Opera / Music 

2023: Assistant Director, No For an Answer, Written by Marc Blitzstein, Directed by Mehmet Ergen, Arcola Theatre

2017: Stage Director, Sisyphus Distressing, Composed by Gregory Emfietzis, Performed by Metapraxis Ensemble, Otto Cafe and Iklektik 

Stage Directing

2022 -  '24: Director, Electra Untitled by Vertebra Theatre 

2020 - '23: Director / co- Scenographer, An Ice Thing to Say by Vertebra Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, The Vault Festival, International Touring

2015 - '19: Stage Director, Dark Matter by Vertebra Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and European Touring

2018: Stage Director, At The Heart of Things by Vertebra Theatre, Castillo Theatre (New York, USA)

2018: Assistant Director, Fine and Dandy by Sue Frummin, Directed by Jonathan Richardson, Arcola Theatre

2016: Stage Director, Maggie by Richard Fitchett, 5 mins festival, Lost Theatre​

Performing 

2022: Performer/Clown, The Court Judge by Miguel de Cervantes, Adapted by Ministry of Clowns, The Courtyard Theatre

2022: Performer, Mixed Feelings, Libretto by Sam Redway, Composer Fatima  Fonte, Milton Court Music Hall 

2017: Performer, Luminous by Mem Morison, Spill Festival of Performance, Ipswich

2015: Puppeteer, Angeleta and Etelvina, Directed by Almudena Adalia Calvo, Little Angel Theatre, London

2014: Puppeteer, Flying Roast Goose Devised by Out of Chaos and Yellow Earth, Directed by Kumiko Mendl, Oval Theatre, London

2011: Performance Artist, Give by Leah Capaldi, David Roberts Art Foundation and Bermodsey Gallery, London​

Teaching

2021 - Present:​ Associate Lecturer: MSc Creative Computing, University of the Arts

2021: Visiting Lecturer: BA Drama, University of Roehampton

2021 - 2022: Visiting Lecturer: MFA Scenography, CSSD

2018: Visiting Lecturer: MA Dramatherapy, University of Roehampton 

2012 to present: Freelance Dramatherapist 

2015- 2018: Dramatherapist, Jewish Care, Elders Living with Dementias

2013 - 2014: Recovery Day Centre Manager, Hestia Housing and Support, RBKC Integrated Mental Health Service

2010: Assistant Dramatherapist, Introductory Level Course in Psychodramatic Bodywork, Belgrade, Serbia

2008 - 2009: Trainee Dramatherapist, TCC Camelot, HM Prison Dovegate

2008: Trainee Dramatherapist, 'Project Wolf' Supervised by Dr Sue Jennings, Brasov, Romania

2007 - 2008: Trainee Dramatherapist, Rosehill School of Autism, Nottingham, UK

2005 - 2006: Research Assistant, University of Macedonia / 'Helios' School for Visually Impaired, Thessaloniki, Greece

PUBLICATIONS / CONFERENCES 

Book Chapters

Mayra Stergiou (2023) 'The Neutral Mask and Embodied Dreamwork, spaces of containment', Space, Place and Dramatherapy, Edited by Eliza Sweeney, Published by Routledge 

Conferences

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  • 'Imagine' Dramatherapy Conference 2023, Amersfoort, Netherlands 

  • World Stage Design, Calgary, Canada 2022

  • 2021: Theatre and Trauma (working title), Invited Speaker, ResearchWorks, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

  • 2021: Puppetry in Therapy and Performance: Engaging the Unspeakable in End of Life, Invited Speaker, CIRAPT, University of Roehampton, Research Centre

  • Mayra Stergiou, Applied Puppetry in Mental Health, Arts in Health Conference, Brunel University and CNWL 2019, Pratt Institute, New York 

  • Mayra Stergiou, Applied Puppetry: Engaging the Unspeakable, Broken Puppet Conference, Newham University, Birmingham, UK

  • Mayra Stergiou and Anastasios Gaitanidis, Wisdom versus Desire: Embodied poetics of death and dying, Canterbury Christ University, 2017

  • Maria Stergiou, Puppetry and Dramatherapy for recovery, Performing the World 2014, East Side Institute, New York.

  • Maria Stergiou ‘Embodied Dreams and the Neutral Mask in Dramatherapy': The 6th World Congress for Psychotherapy for ‘world dreaming' (WCP2011), Sydney, Australia, 24-28 August 2011 

  • Goudiras, D., Papadopoulos, K., Koutsoklenis, A., Papageorgiou, V. & Stergiou, M, Factors affecting the reading media used by visually impaired adults , British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2009 (27: 111-127).​

SELECT TEACHING / WORKSHOPS

2021: Workshop on object theatre, Kulturtemple, Gothenburg, Sweden 

2019: Neutral Mask and the Poetic Body, Organised by Annamuh, Budapest, Hungary

2019: Bunraku Puppetry, Frillagret Theatre, Nordic Touring, Gothenburg, Sweden 

2018: Applied Puppetry, Performing the World Conference, New York, USA

2018: Intergenerational Puppetry and Embodied Imagination, Living Well Week, Arcola Theatre, London, UK

2017: Bunraku Puppetry, Claremont Project, London, UK

2017: Puppetry and Storytelling, Migration Matters Festival, Theatre Deli, Sheffield, UK

2016: Queer Identity and Physical Storytelling, co Facilitated with Angela Ciandro, The Flight Deck, Oakland, USA

2011: Introduction to Dramatherapy, co Facilitated with Elena Boukouvala, Thessaloniki, Greece

CPD

  • 2023: Transfiguration and Transformation, Olivier De Sagazan, Movement Laboratory, Chalkidiki, Greece

  • 2021: Alchemy of the Extraordinary, David Glass, Athens, Greece

  • 2021: ACT International Training, Anna Helena Mc Lean, Italy 

  • 2021: Light Design Course with Alexandros Politakis

  • 2021: Performance Art: From Idea to Execution with Marta Jovanovic

  • 2020: Mentorship Scheme in Scenography by SBTD, Mentor: Micheal Taylor

  • 2019, 2020, 2021: Physical Theatre training in Theodoros Terzopoulos Method, Theatre Attis

  • 2019: Dark Poetics and the Transcendent Performer led by David Glass, International Mime Festival              

  • 2018: Artist in Residency, Tholpavakoothoo Shadow Puppetry Institute, Kerala, India                  

  • 2015, 2016: Artist in Residency, Institute de la Marrionette, France 

  • 2016: Large Scale Puppet Making, Little Angel Theatre 

  • 2015: Bunraku Puppetry Training, Theatre Deli, Rachel Warr 

  • 2014: Choreographic theatre and Voice, Pantheatre

  • 2014: Coordination Method with Song of the Goat, London 

  • 2012: Neutral Mask and the Poetic Body with Norman Taylor 

  • 2011: Voice in Tragedy and Chorus, Sofia Paschou, London, UK

  • 2008: 5 Rhythms, Manchester and London, UK

  • 2008: Psychodrama Workshops, John Casson, Machester, UK

  • 2008: Voice in Dramatherapy, Natan Eran, London, UK 

  • 2008: Directing, Sergey Ostrenko, Malphis, Latvia. 

  • 2008: Dance Movement Therapy (30h), Devon, UK 

  • 2006: Voice Exploration, Martha Frigila, Music village, Pilio, Gr.

  • 2005 - 2006: Professional Training in Acting, Grotowski Physical Theatre, Technourgeio, Thessaloniki, Greece 

  • 2004 - 2006 Professional Training in Systemic Group Facilitation, EKA.PSY Institute, Greece 

Holistic Trainings:

2012: Reiki Level 3 Usui, Torus Wellbeing Clinic 

2008: Advanced Psychodramatic Body Work, Susan Aaron, Cornwal, UK

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Membership:

HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) Nr: AS15451

SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers) Nr. 1749

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