Queens Ledger Profile: July 21, 2011

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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.”

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