Maria Merve Amasyali, Turkey
Maria Merve Amasyalı was born in İstanbul, Turkey. She has chosen her life path as theatre from a young age attending school plays every year since she was 10. After going to PERA Fine Arts High school and finishing with a degree in theatre she went onto study in England. In her fist year she attended the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing arts finishing it with a RADA Drama foundation certificate. After her year in Cambridge she went onto studying Drama and Psychology as a double major at Kingston University in London. She has been apart of plays and musicals with the British Community in Istanbul, Transcending Arts Physical Theatre Company and Lucky Seven Productions in London. Since she moved back to İstanbul she has been apart of Tiyatro Laboratuvari (Theatre Lab ) as an assistant and an actress. Tiyatro Laboratuvarı is a new alternative theater company where they write their own plays to be performed trying to add more plays into the Turkish theatre library. She also volunteered at a arts therapy centre for people with autism doing exercises on drama therapy and psychodrama with them. Through out her years she has also attended several other workshops around Europe in Turkey, Germany, Italy and London. This will also be her third time at İn.f.o.Ma.t festival but first time as a teacher.
Drama and Psychology:
Learning through exercises of Psychodrama and Drama Therapy.
Drama and Psychology are connected in many ways; Psychodrama and Drama Therapy are two of the main art therapy forms where drama and psychology collide. This is a workshop built on exercises that are used in Psychodrama and Drama Therapy with patients. Many of these exercises are used in drama classes and actor training we will explore these exercises and look at them from a therapeutic point of view. We will explore our emotions and expand imagination skills doing several exercises. Some physical some more emotional the workshop will give you a better understanding for the reason of some exercises that you may have questioned in the past.