People with disabilities are endowed with abilities and strengths which can be used to produce a competent socio-cultural result in an artistic field.
Our aim is to built the suitable background, integrating medical and acting sources for the training, production and staging of high-quality theater performances, towards the full acceptance of people with disabilities as an embedded part in performing arts.
We want to keep challenging the limits of the world and never lose faith in the so called ‘impossible’.
Annita Capousizi (Anna Kapousizi) is a teacher and program director of theater with people with neuromuscular disorders. She has a BA in Greek Literature, majored in Linguistics, a diploma in Acting and an MA in Theater Studies.
She worked as an actress in performances in various theaters and festivals in Athens, including Hellenic Festival.
She has worked as a Drama Teacher and Head Theater Program Coordinator in theatres and multi-cultural spaces.
In 2011, she cooperated with MDA HELLAS (Institution for people with neuromuscular disorders) as a Drama Program Director.
Since then, she has devoted her work and research on building the suitable medical and artistic background for the production and staging of performances integrating disabled and non-disabled performers.
She has developed her research on a neurological approach to acting as a Fulbright Scholar in Carolina’s Healthcare System Neurosciences Institute, North Carolina and in American Center for Alexander Technique, New York.
She has presented her work on theater with neuromuscular disorders as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in Oregon Science and Health University (OSHU), in the 4th World Parkinson Congress where she also leaded a theater workshop and in ACAT NY where she staged a performance.
She is also a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Hellenic Theater Studies Association and European Network of Research and Documentation of Performance of Ancient Greek Drama (Arc-Net).
She is the founder and artistic director of theater group ARTimeleia (www.artimeleia.com), founder of ISON-Inclusive School of Theater and Dance, co-founder of Directors Lab Mediterranean.
A neurological approach to acting
A method is based on the main principles of doubt, perception out of experience, resulting, analysis and synthesis.
Starting from that point and targeting to a better and more suitable approach of acting for people with neurological and neuromuscular disorders, I turn my interest to neurological observation and research as the starting base of an inclusive acting method.
‘A neurological approach to acting’ is the result of a neurological research that I contacted as a Fulbright Artist Scholar 2016-2017 in the United States.
This research is based on 7 main acting principles as established through the history of acting, which are:
Relaxation, concentration, action, emotional recall, circumstances, tempo-rhythm and fantasy
and the neurological observation of people with neurological diseases upon them.
Following the main principles of a method such as doubt, perception out of experience, resulting, analysis and synthesis and targeting to the better and more suitable approach of acting for people with neurological and neuromuscular disorders, I resulted to neurological observation and research as the base of my acting method.
The research was focused on the function of different areas of our brain, especially the motor cortex regarding the reception and execution of the movement signaling.
This research is under registration and it’s the unique way that theater group ARTimeleia works in Greece.
Through this working process, we observe improvement without claiming medical results though, of the body and mind of people with neuromuscular disorders. A physical and psychological status which works beneficially for the stabilization of the symptoms reducing the pace of the degenaration.
The workshop is consisted of two parts, theory and practice. First we examine the 7 acting principles, through their history on acting. Then we apply them focusing on the perception and reaction of our body and mind to them through acting as well as neuro diagnostic exercises. This workshop is exclusively designed for inclusive use.