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  • 2020 – 2024: Mphil in Performance Practice, 'Performing and 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​



Opera / Music ​Directing

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

2024: Director, The Unicorn in Captivity, written by Angelika May, Bread and Roses Theatre, The Lion and Unicorn and Theatro Technis, London

2022 -  '25: Director, Electra Untitled by Vertebra Theatre, The Place, Arcola Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, International touring.

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​

Acting / Performing 

2024: Actress, The Game Opera, Composed by Elif Karlidag, Directed by Sam Redway Wells, Tet a Tet Opera Festival

2023: Puppeteer, Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo by Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin & Janni Younge, Composed by Georg Kallweit and Directed by Janni Younge, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, Germany

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

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

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

2017: Puppeteer, The Fishsticks, Short Film Animation, Written and Directed by Aurora Adams, Cinematography by Lee MJ Daley

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

2013: Actress/Chorus, Run Away, Short Film, Directed by Kati Emma Affleck 

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


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 


2023 - 2024: Dramatherapist, Inpatient Unit, St Charles Hospital, Arts in Health, CNWL NHS

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

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

2012 to present: Freelance Dramatherapist at Crisis UK, Age UK, RBKC Oremi/Grove MH Centres and other 

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


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 


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

2003-2004: Research Assistant / Project Worker: Research SW Project led by Anita Gulczynska, 'Understanding Youth from the Unpriviledged Neighbourhood in Lodz', Department of Social Pedagogy, Poland 


  • 'Imagine' Dramatherapy Conference 2023, Amersfoort, Netherlands 

  • World Stage Design, Calgary, Canada 2022

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

  • 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).​


2024: Creative Identities, co-facilitation: Nela Fortunato, Technourgeio, Athens, Greece

​2024: Devised Theatre and Embodied Materiality, Al Balad Theatre, Amman, Jordan

2021: 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


  • 2024: Falling / Blending Reality, Peeping Tom, Brussels, Belgium

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

  • 2022: Ridicule and Transformation, Evripides Laskarides, TripSpace, London, UK

  • 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, Thessaloniki, Greece 

Holistic Trainings:

2012: Reiki Level 3 Usui, Torus Wellbeing Clinic 

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



HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) Nr: AS15451

SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers) Nr. 1749

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