Elaina graduated from Russian Academy of Theatre Arts
(GITIS) with MFA in Directing.
Later she completed Ph.D. at the same institution. She is
one of disciples of Maria Knable who was a distinguished Russian
Theatre director and the student of Stanislavsky and Michael
Elaina was a founding member of the Tabakov Studio Theatre in
Moscow, where she worked for many years before starting a teaching
career at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MATS). Many of her
students achieved national and international acclaim in Theatre, TV
and Movie industries. She moved to the United States and joined
Butler University Faculty in 2005.
Her directing credits at Butler include "The Marriage" by N.
Gogol, "Balzaminov's Wedding" by N. Ostrovsky, "The Cherry Orchard"
by A. Chekhov, "The Twelfth Night" by W. Shakespeare and
Elaina founded the Butler International Theatre Exchange Program
and has developed a system to training that incorporates Michael
Chekhov's Method, Vakhtangov Research and Stanislavsky System. This
unique course is aimed at developing an awakening of actor's
imagination, stage awareness and creativity.
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