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Kiara Pipino, Italy.



Kiara Pipino has been directing for the stage for over twelve years, both in the professional and academic environments.  She graduated with a BFA in Architecture at the Universita’ degliStudi di Genova (Italy) and focused on Scenic Design, which is the field she earned her first graduate degree in. She then moved to the United States, where she pursued her second graduate degree in Directing at the University of Arkansas, where she also taught theatre and directing classes prior becoming a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Grand Valley State University (Michigan), which is her current location.
As a scholar, she has recently published on American Theatre Magazine, Maia, Dioniso. Her academic interests include Greek Theatre, Musical Theatre, Movement for Actors and Shakespeare. She has recently presented at the “International Symposium on Curating the Performing Arts: Envisioning the Practice” (Montreal, Canada), and at the “Asian Shakespeare Association Conference” in Taipei (Taiwan). She is also involved in the productions at the 2014 ATHE Conference in Scottsdale (AZ) and in the 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference “Shakespeare: Pedagogy and Performance” (Allendale, MI).
In March 2013, she was invited to present the show she had written and directed for GVSU Bard To Go Puzzle The Willon the National Czech Theatre stage for Shakespeare Prague.
She has been the Artistic Director  and the Resident Director of the Festival Internazionale Valle Christi, a summer theatre festival in Italy, for twelve years and she is the president of the American based theatre company AleaIacta Est.
Her directing credits include: Clytemnestra, The Good Person of Setzuan, The Understudy, The Unseen, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Anon(Ymous),Dead Man’s Cell Phone, A Number.

 
Movement for Actors: Michael Chekhov
 

           
The workshop will focus on introducing the students to the key elements of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting and movement for actors. Students should be familiar with Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov.
 
Michael Chekhov was an actor, director and teacher. His psycho-physical acting technique incorporated imagination and body as well as intellect.