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’.
A neurological approach to acting
‘A neurological approach to acting’ is the result of a neurological research Annita Capousizi contacted as a Fulbright Artist Scholar 2016-2017 in the United States.
The research is based on 7 main acting principles (relaxation, concentration, action, emotional recall, circumstances, tempo-rhythm, and fantasy) and the neurological observation of the physiology of actors with and without disabilities practicing them.
Its focus is on the neurobiological function of our body and the mindfulness we can have over it on stage, aiming in an integrated educational and artistic environment for both people with and without disabilities.
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) and the co-founder of Directors Lab Mediterranean ( directorslabmed.org )
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