Why I love Theatre:
For an extension of life, for a joy of experiencing connection
Why I love Butler:
It is a great team, a family of people passionate for art who
allow themselves to search for a new way of theatrical expression
without fear of mistakes
Why I love teaching:
I believe that rejuvenation of Theatre starts in a college. I
love the energy and inspiration that students bring to me.
- Guiding postgraduate students in their education at Russian
Academy of Theatre Arts, Moscow (GITIS) Fall 2013
- "The Two Maples", fairytales by Evgeny Shvarts. Artsfest -
Butler University. April 2014
- Intensive Acting Summer Program at Moscow Art Theatre School
(MXAT). Summer 2014
- New postgraduate program in Acting, Directing and Design at
GITIS. Fall 2014 www.IFTER.org
Professor Artemiev 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 Chekhov. 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
Her directing credits at Butler include "The Marriage" by N.
Gogol, "Balzaminov's Wedding" by N. Ostrovsky, "The Cherry Orchard"
by A. Chekhov, "Two Noble Kinsman" and "The Twelfth Night" by W.
Shakespeare, "The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belissa in the Garden"
by F.G. Lorca and others.
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.
She took a year of sabbatical (Fall 2012 and Spring of 2013)
during which she organized not for profit company International
Foundation for Theatre Education and Research (IFTER). She also
developed a brand new program for postgraduate students in Acting
and Directing at GITIS with training in acting, directing, voice,
movement, dance and Russian language. She arranged for her former
student to successfully teach classes at Butler during her absence
in Fall 2012.