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Staff Profile: Marta Cotrim

Marta Cotrim

Head of Drama

At the age of 19, Marta left Rio de Janeiro for Paris, looking for different acting techniques and theatrical aesthetics, from classical to experimental.

Between 1990 and 1993, Marta lived in France and studied language and French literature at La Sorbonne, and Theatre Studies at Paris VIII University. In 1993, she moved to Amsterdam where she developed her contemporary dance techniques, and performance abilities. In the year of 1995, Marta travelled to Bali, Indonesia, where she studied Topeng. Once back in Europe, in England, she completed her Master's Degree in Dance Anthropology at the University of Surrey; she also took part in Physical Theatre Workshops lead by Monica Pagneux (Peter Brook´s movement director) and Simon McBurney from Complicite Theatre Company.

Between 2001 and 2006, Marta lived in Greece with her husband and three children, and taught Master Classes on Topeng and Capoeira at International Schools and at the CID - International Dance Council from UNESCO in Greece and abroad.

Marta and her family moved back to Rio de Janeiro in 2006.  She was invited by Guti Fraga to teach acting at the community of Vidigal and Baixada Fluminense as part of the NGO´s philosophy, ‘theatre for all’. She also taught Neutral Mask and Physical Theatre for actors in amateur and professional theatre schools.

In 2010, Marta became Drama Teacher at the Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro at High School and Middle School level. In 2014, she initiated the IB Theatre Diploma at EARJ. In February of 2015 Marta joined the Wolf Maya’s Acting School team as movement teacher. Her new adventure will take her and her family to Shanghai as Head of the Drama Department of the British International School, Puxi Campus.

Marta has always been interested in human cultural expression; from rituals, through traditional theatre all the way to avant-garde performances. After working in Brazil as a professional actress and dancer she decided to study in Europe. So at the age of 19 she left her country and lived in 6 different countries and studied with as many gurus she could find in France, Holland, Bali, England, Italy and Greece.

Apart from theatre Marta takes great pleasure in horse riding and horseback archery. She has experience in sailing competitions in small and big boats. Marta loves to play volleyball, table tennis and fussball with her kids. Swimming and cycling are her favourite activities as well as dancing of course.

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