OTOA Founded 2004
OTOA Teaching Since 2006
OTOA Founder & MasterTeacher
OTOA Managing Director
About Gia Forakis
Gia Forakis is a theater artist, recognized as a professional freelance stage director, working locally, regionally and internationally, with well regarded credits as a playwright, performer, producer, educator, visual artist, and Creative Life Practice private coach.
She is the Founder & Master Teacher of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™, and the Artistic Director of Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO) a company dedicated to the development and application of OTOA as a tool for experimentation and education through art, ritual, and performance and as a Creative Life Practice.
She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing, and a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Conservatory Acting Program. Since receiving her Masters Degree in 2004, her primary focuses have been in the development and application of OTOA, and as a professional Theater Artist.
Gia is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). She has had the great good fortune to direct plays across the United states, and to lead OTOA workshops across the country and around the globe.
Gia has been nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award, and received a New York Innovative Theater Award nomination for Outstanding Theater Direction. She has received a Mary Jean Parson's Award (for directing studies) and a Paulette Goddard Award (for acting). www.GiaForakis.com
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In the international journal The Theatre Time
Gia Forakis' directing projects including original works and film.
Gia Forakis' OTOA teaching resume including education background, professional activities, and OTOA Master Classes.
Gia Forakis' full resume including artistic projects, teaching experience, selected directing credits, affiliations, etc.
About Darya Gauthier
Darya’s first experience of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™ came by participating in one of the OTOA Performance Technique & Training (PTT) workshops led by OTOA Founder & Master Teacher, Gia Forakis, in the Fall of 2012.
After that workshop Darya was eager to learn more and become a part of Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO: a not-for-profit forum for the advancement of OTOA).
She first joined GF&CO in an administrative capacity, soon becoming GF&CO’s Associate Artistic Director. Over the last four years, OTOA teaching and development has taken primary focus in GF&CO’s mission, branching out in its application and class formats.
This led to the natural next step of adding the title of OTOA Managing Director to her duties in OTOA’s progress.
As a theater director, musician and visual artist, Darya has found both OTOA PTT and OTOA CLP (Creative Life Practice) to be instrumental in her own projects and vital to her artistic success.
She is eager to continue exploring and mastering the technique and is currently training to become an OTOA practitioner and OTOA instructor.
Darya holds a BA in Dramatic Literature, Theater History and Cinema Studies from New York University, NYC, and is currently studying for her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Post University, Waterbury, CT.