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Queens Ledger Profile: July 21, 2011

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Queens Ledger

A Weekly Community Newspaper

Gia Forakis, Theater Artist

by Ying Chan
Jul 21, 2011

For Gia Forakis, art has always been her true calling. Heavily influenced by her parents, both of whom were artists, Forakis entered the theater world as a fledgling actress, performing in the Meredith Monk production of JUICE at Guggenheim Museum in New York City at the age of 7.

Today, Forakis, who received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 2004, is the theater director and acting coach of Gia Forakis & Company, a theater company located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where Forakis also resides. Her trademark technique, One-Thought-One-Action, which she founded in 2005 and continues to teach, is inspired by elements in her father’s colossal steel sculptures and her mother’s paintings.

“They influenced me greatly in understanding the artist way of life,” said Forakis, who views her path towards becoming a professional artist as a “natural inclination.”

Read more: Queens Ledger – Gia Forakis Theater Artist

Saturday, July 16th, 2011







It has been one month since the close of our 2011 Salon Series and our Inaugural Season.  We drew to a close ending on a very high note with a packed Java Hauz weekend and a works-in-progress selection of scenes from Michael Vincent Gazzo’s, A Hatful of Rain, presented in our signature lab-like forum.

It is with tremendous pride and joy that I write to add this extra word of THANKS to all of you who contributed to making our inaugural season a HUGE SUCCESS! Whether or not you were able to attend any of this season’s Salon Series, you are receiving this email because you are part of a network of GF&CO Members who feel you are an essential part of our present and our future.

Our Accomplishments This Season Include:

*GF&CO produced a series of four Salon Social Gatherings over the course of four months through heart-felt support via tax-deductible contributions, donations, and in-kind contributions, ending our season right on target with our budget.

*Through our inaugural project, The Salon Series, we established our Salon format of works-in-progress showings as an integral and essential part of GF&CO’s signature performance fabric for all future seasons.

*Developing an awareness of  GF&CO: a company dedicated to the application of One-Thought-One-Action in ACTIONTM (OTOA in ACTION) via the staging and re-imagining of both old and modern classical texts in pursuit of their contemporary relevance, as well as to the creation of original adaptations and company-generated new work while exploring new avenues in form and style towards the creation of a vivid, highly detailed, physically engaging approach to story-telling.

*Fostering an ongoing dialogue with our patrons, an invested audience and a growing GF&CO Community of supporters.

*Building a vision for the future of GF&CO!

What Our Future Holds :

Although the summer is here, we are actively preparing for a number of short-range projects and events in the remainder of this year:

  • Staged Reading of a new play THE FALL, 2011
  • OTOA Introductory Workshops
  • Advanced OTOA Scene Study Workshop

In addition, we are gearing up to raise funds for our next Salon Series in April-June of 2012, while also looking ahead to our long-range projects, one of which will be our first fully produced main stage production in 2013!!!

Like the proverbial tree falling in the forest without anyone there to hear if it makes a noise, GF&CO would grow silent without your support!

Help us in bringing you our unique Salon Social Gatherings as well as fully produced main stage plays of richly crafted, vividly realized storytelling.  Be a part of this bright moment in building a rewarding future of great theater by making a tax-deductible contribution in support of our rising future and the development of GF&CO.

Making anything of lasting value takes time and high quality resources. True art takes time, craftsmanship and top-notch artisans. GF&CO is dedicated to re-envisioning the “fine art” of theater one thought and one action at a time.

We look forward to sharing the unfolding journey of this mission with you.
With Joy and Inspiration,

Gia Forakis, Artistic DirectorGIA FORAKIS & COMPANY

Re-Envisioning Theater, One Thought and One Action at a Time




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