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Evi Stamatiou

Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Programme Coordinator: BA (Hons) Acting

e.stamatiou@chi.ac.uk

Evi is an award winning actor, director and writer that works across stage and screen with 14 years of international experience. She is close to completion of a PhD in Actor Training and Direction at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with the title: ‘Investigating the Trainee Actor’s Agency: a radical conceptual actor-training framework for devised comedy, inspired by Aristophanes’s The Frogs’. Parts of Evi’s academic work are in preparation or have been published by Intellect Books, Routledge, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama and McFarland & Co. She is a receiver of the 2017 Board of Governors Bursary Award at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for her contribution to the School and the field during her studies. She has trained actors in conservatoires and universities and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She specialises in comedy and in using a variety of text-based and devising stage and screen practices that tackle underrepresentation and misrepresentation issues in the acting industry. She also specialises in the development of new work, having workshopped new writing for various platforms. She is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Young Vic Directors Network and Book, Music and Lyrics Workshop. She is an Associate Artist to New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. She is represented by RD Casting in all aspects of her creative work. You can see more about her work at www.evistamatiou.com.

Professional

Selected Credits:

Directing

The Big Beautiful Sky, by Bernie Byrnes, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, CTheatre in association with New Theatre Royal

Day Job, by Evi Stamatiou, commissioned by Fanny Pack Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre

Three StreetWise Monkeys by PhilipWebb Gregg, devised, scratch, Theatre N16

Krakow on the Book-Self, devised site-specific, Massolit Bookshop (Poland)

The Patmos Project, devised piece, Fleetstreet Theatre (Germany)

Voices from Tennessee, adaptation from T. Williams, Bath Fringe Festival

The Parade by Loula Anagnostaki (reading), Lincoln Center Theater Dir Lab (NY)

The Woman Who, devised piece, Blakehey Theatre

Disconnected, adaptation from J. Cocteau, Stratford Circus

The Tightrope, adaptation from J. Genet, At Colonus Festival (won a distinction at 2010 OFF OFF Athens Festival: toured in summer 2010 and was programmed at At Colonus Theatre in winter 2011)

 

Acting

Caryatid Unplugged by Evi Stamatiou (touring internationally since 2013: performances include Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Monomaffia Theatre Festival (Estonia), Rosemary Branch Theatre, Nour Festival and Migration Matters Festival)

Kaltrina, short film, Dir. Evi Stamatiou (Gold winner for Actress in a Leading Role, International Independent Film Awards)

The Queen, short film, Dir. By Hugo Teuels (award winning)

Disconnected, Stratford Circus Theatre, Writer/Dir. E. Stamatiou

Blacksmiths by Milos Nikolic, Residential Theatre of Veria, Dir. G. Nakos

Midnight’s Summer Dream, adaptation from Shakespeare, Argo Theatre, S. Hatzidakis

Eumenides by Aeschylus, Dora Stratou Theatre, Dir. G. Panteleakis

Blind by Maurice Maiterling, Topos Allou Theatre, Dir. Z. Manta

Noe’s Family by X. Kalogeropoulou, Residential Theatre of Ioannina, Dir. Y. Anastasakis

Filmmaking

Kaltrina, short film by Evi Stamatiou (Gold winner for Narrative Short, International Independent Film Awards 2017)

 

Publications

Stamatiou, E. (2017) ‘Caryatid Unplugged: a cabaret on performing and negotiating belonging and otherness in exile,’ in J. Rudakoff (ed.) Foreign Bodies: Performing Exile. Bristol, UK and Portland, USA: Intellect Books.

Stamatiou, E (forthcoming c. 2018) ‘King George III in Hamilton: how musical comic devices challenge contemporary dispositions about class and taste,’ in Hamilton: History, Hip-Hop and Politics: Essays on the Afterbirth of a Nation, USA: McFarland & Co.

 

Stamatiou, E. (forthcoming c.2018) ‘Stepping Forward: an exploration of devised theatre’s democratic designs in a performer training setting’, in IFTR Political Performance WG Volume, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Stamatiou, E. (forthcoming c.2018) ‘Time in Actor Training: the commodity of illusion,’ in L. Worth, M. Evans and K. Thomaidis (eds) The Temoporal Turn – Time, Age and Performer Training, London: Routledge.

Stamatiou, E. (forthcoming c.2018) ‘The Economic Community of the Edinburgh’s August Festivals: an exclusive global sense of place and an inclusive local sense of space,’ in S. Musca. M. Galea (eds) Redefining Theatre Communities: Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making, London: Routledge

Stamatiou, E. (2012) ‘The GROW Model in Theatre Education’, 7th Athens International Conference in Theatre in Education: Bonds of Solidarity. November 2012. Conference Proceedings. (http://users.sch.gr/theatro/Praktika2012%20En/indexPRAKTIKA2012%20En.htm) 

Research

PRACTICE RESEARCH

Caryatid Unplugged Clean it Off, Migration Matters Festival, June 2017

#refugeeswelcome, Arts Journeys International Festival, December 2016

Caryatid Unplugged the Brexit Edition, Rosemary Branch Theatre, June-July 2016

The Tenants, Official launch of Centre for the Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth, January 2016

28 Bananas, Collisions Festival 2014, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama http://www.collisionscentral.com/evi-stamatiou, September 2014

Digital Handshake, Networked Bodies Symposium, Networked Bodies Weekender, Watermans, London, November 2014

2011-2014 Main deviser/solo performer for practice-as-research ‘Etheatre project’ on web platforms as Upstage and Waterwheel; cyberformance. In collaboration with the University of East London. Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA3CGaA4t1k Author: Papagiannouli, C. (2015). Political Cyberperformance: The Etheatre Project. Palgrave Macmillan

CONFERENCE PAPERS and WORKSHOPS

‘The end of the autonomy—sociopoliticising actor training’. The Performer Training Working Group. The 13th Annual TaPRA Conference, co-hosted by the University of Salford, 30 August-1 September 2017

The sex workers’ song in London Road from stage to screen: Dramaturgical manoeuvres and the challenge of incorporating verbatim theatre practices in musical’. Song Stage and Screen 2017, University of Surrey, 19-22 June 2017.

‘Writing Beyond Genres and Borders—Diversity across genres/media’. North London Literary Festival 2017, Middlesex University London, 16th of March 2017. INVITED SPEAKER

‘An Artist’s Beloninging and Otherness in Post-Brexit Britain’. Performing Greece II, Birkbeck, University of London, 3rd of December 2016. KEYNOTE SPEAKER

‘#Refugees Welcome: Citizens of Europe’. Speaker in panel discussion about the refugee and European crisis. Journeys Festival International, Artreach. October 2016.

‘Actioning in RP: The Second Language (L2) User Trainee Actor and the Text’. The Performer Trainer Working Group. The 12th Annual TaPRA Conference, co-hosted by the University of Bristol from 5 to 7 September 2016

‘Frogging: Practice Intersections with Research’. Intersections 2016, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, January 2016

‘Time in Actor Training: The Commodity of Illusion’. The Performer Training Working Group, The 11th Annual TaPRA Conference, co-hosted by the University of Worcester, 10 September 2015

‘Re-imagining Aristophanes’ Comedy as a New Way of Building Theatrical Communities’, Redefining Theatre Communities. Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making, University of Malta, September 2015

‘Writing for Cabaret’ Workshop, Women Playwrights’ International Conference 2015, University of Cape Town, July 2015

‘Aristophanes’ The Frogs as Vehicle for a Contemporary Audience from Spectating to Participating’, Viewing and Spectating in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama, 15th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama, Oxford University, June 2015

‘Caryatid Unplugged: Antagonism, Agonism and Agonistic Pluralism’. Performing Greece: An International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London, May 2015

‘The Impact of Power Distribution in Actor Training, PaR; Critical Pedagogy, The Oppressor of the Illusion’. Intersections 2015, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, January 2015. https://cssd.academia.edu/EviStamatiou/Papers

‘The Political Responsibility of the Performance Maker in Contemporary Political Comedy: Krakow on the Book Shelf and taboo’, 2014 IFTR Conference ‘Theatre and Stratification’, University of Warwick, July 2014

‘The FrogCity: Ugliness in the Aristophanic Chorus and its Effect Towards Active Citizenship in Action’, Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama, RCSSD and APGRD, Oxford, June 2014

‘Responding to Intersections’. Intersections: A Colloquium on Practice-Based Research, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, January 2014

‘Puppetry or Poor Theatre?’ Women in Puppetry Symposium, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, November 2013

‘Translation on Stage: The Performance Disconnected’, 2013 IFTR Conference, ‘Re-Routing Performance’, Barcelona, 21-26 July

‘The Patmos Project: Apocalypsising’. Performance and Mystical Experience Conference Meeting 2013, Queen Mary University, May 2013

‘Physical Theatre and Madness’. Performance Philosophy Conference, Surrey University, April 2013

 

Research Supervision

MRes in Performance Studies: ‘What Time is it Anyway? A performer’s exploration of mental time travel and presentness’ by Alexandra Britton, University of Portsmouth (first supervisor).