Marina

Marina Katsari was born in Nicosia, in 1986. She got her university degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Cyprus and obtained a Master degree in Drama and Theatre in Education from the University of Warwick, UK.

As a university and college teacher, Marina has been teaching Creative Drama at the University of Cyprus and also taught ‘’The Art of Storytelling’’ and ‘’Contemporary Education Issues’’ as a specialized professional. She has also taught Literature for Children at the European University of Cyprus. She has also been teaching Creative Arts and Animation at the Master Programme of Global College, Nicosia, as an external associate.

As an external associate of the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus Marina implements programmes of professional learning as and delivers Seminars on School Base (teachers) and Seminars for Parents focusing: Drama in Education, establishing a positive environment at school, development of communication skills, self confidence among teachers and parents and self-esteem among children, emotions management through Drama, prevention of violent behaviors and juvenile delinquency.

As a drama practitioner, Marina designed and implemented educational programmes in Greek and English for Museums (“Something ancient is being cooked”-Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and Cyprus Food Virtual Museum, “Mélousine”and “Caterina Cornaro”-CVAR“The paintings tell their story-Zampella Museum).

As a trainer, Marina delivers experiential workshops for adults concerning Drama in Education (ind. CARDET institution, OMEP and others) and Storytelling (Cyprus Theatre Organisation 2016-2018, Fengaros Music Village 2016-2018, Erasmus+ 2016-2018, Kindergardens’ Association of Western Greece and others).

As a storyteller, Marina performs for children and adults in theatres, festivals, culture spaces, schools and elsewhere (ind. :“Medieval Tales of Cyprus”, “Spinning the Myth-Sounds and Myths of Crete”, “Tales and Sounds from Ireland”, “Arabic Nights”, “Illusions”, “French Fairytales”and others). She has cooperated with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and as a member of storytelling groups she has been awarded the support of the Embassy of Ireland in Cyprus and the Embassy of Venezuela in Cyprus. She has also worked with musicians and artists from France, Venezuela, Palestine, Greece and Cyprus etc.

Marina wa also a founding member of “Paramythies” and “Okladon” storytelling groups with which she implemented educational programmes approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture in schools and museums.