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Dr. Maria Bakalis

Director

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I have a passion for pursuing that which makes us human--the arts tap into our inner most desires and talents. As an actor, playwright, director and educator, my objective is always the same--reach the heart and inspire the mind. The art of theatre is not limited to the performing or fine arts. Theatre has many elements that are critical in other disciplines. Theatre is a collaborative art form. It is dependent on members acting as a team with a common goal. It is interdisciplinary in nature. Theatre teaches. what I identify as life skills: Focus, concentration, listening, empathy, and tactics to overcome obstacles. It persuades without being didactic. It asks to the actor to analyze text, to search for the subtext--what is really being said. Nonverbal communication is a critical element in acting. Gestures, facial expressions, posture, walk, vocal inflection all are involved in the process of effective communication. In my workshops and seminars, I refer to the power of the imagination. Imagination is linked to creativity which inspires innovation. Initiative is a by product of taking action in the moment, assuming the responsibility involved in any leadership role. Strategic plans, visions statements, mission statements all rely not only on quantitative data but also on intuitive thinking. Conflict Management, decision making, problem solving require elements that are inherent to theatre arts. I encourage those who want to develop leadership and enhance interpersonal skills to experience the art of theatre. Take action in your life--try acting.

Education

Northern Illinois University
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
1995 To 2001

Northeastern Illinois University
Master of Arts (MA)
1972 To 1975

De Paul University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
1963 To 1967

Job History

Curtain Up Classroom
Creativity Coach
Greater Chicagoland, IL
September 2000 - present

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Seminar and Workshop Presenter
January 2000 - present

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Actor/Director
January 2000 - present

Waubonsee Community College
Professor of Communications and Theatre
August 1988 - August 2013

Curtain Up Classroom
Director
January 2005 - January 2010

Waubonsee Community College
Professor
January 1978 - January 2010

Waubonsee Community College
Professor
January 1978 - January 2009

Waubonsee Community College
Professor
January 1978 - January 2009