Leela Alaniz, Dr.

Artistic Director

My Story

Ph.D. in Theatre Studies, University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris.

Leela Alaniz’s career consists of a constant round-trip movement between the practice and the theory of theater. With over 20 years of research in Theatre Anthropology in addition to 16 years of Corporeal Mime practice, she continues to teach many workshops and gives conferences in disparate countries and regions such as Brazil, France, Singapore, United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, and Argentina.

After a double major in Physical Education and Theater Studies in Brazil, she received a scholarship grant to participate in UTA, a center of research for Theatre Anthropology in Brazil. In 1994, she founded Casa de Artes BAKA, a multicultural arts center. For her direction and management of the Casa de Artes BAKA, she received the coveted SATED prize.

From 1997 to 2003, she studied Corporeal Mime under Thomas Leabhart in California and Paris, eventually becoming his assistant. In 2002, she went to France and undertook a Masters in Theatre Studies at the Paris VIII University. Her Master thesis on “The Dynamo-Rhythm of Etienne Decroux and His Successors”  has been translated into English and published online in “Mime Journal”, Ed Pomona College (California), 2013, (for free download go to : http://scholarship.claremont.edu/mimejournal/vol24/iss1/2

Her doctoral dissertation entitled: “The Thinker Body, the Dancer Mind – The Actor in his Quest for the Lost Unity”, under the direction of Monsieur Georges Banu, was defended at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, 2014 and will published very soon by the L’Entretemps Ed., Paris.

Leela was a full time professor of Movement for Acting and Performance at Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore from 2012 to 2014. Leela has played and directed several plays during the last 25 years.

Workshops directed by Leela Alaniz:

  • The Trees and the Wind – Physical and Vocal training for actors/dancers
  • Character Development – a corporeal approach
  • Corporeal Mime – Technique, research, and creation
  • Movement and directing
  • Organicity and Structure in the work of the actor/dancer
  • Research and creation with materials and objects
  • Training: Dynamo-Rhythm for actors/dancers
  • From Combat training to Theatrical Scene
  • Acrobatics and Contact Improvisation
  • Alexander Technique


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