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Meet the AF volunteers - Katia

Meet the AF volunteers - Katia

27 Oct 17
School Blog

Here on the Anna Fiorentini blog you have heard before from a couple of our lovely teachers, who put in a lot of hard work each weekend. But we also have some other very important people walking around our schools: our fantastic volunteers. We thought it was about time you got to know them a bit better. Our next guest is Katia, who is a regular at our Camden school.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Katia and I am 37 years old. I come from Greece, where I grew up and studied Psychology and Drama. In Greece I was working as a psychologist, but I was very disappointed by the political and social situation so in 2014 I moved out. The first country I moved to was Norway. I lived in Oslo for a year and a half before taking the decision to move to London. This decision was based on the fact that London, and the UK in general, is the centre of the theatre worldwide. Besides theatre, I also love travelling, learning foreign languages and getting to know new cultures.

Have you seen anything good at the theatre recently?
A few weeks ago, I travelled to Paris to see Mount Olympus by Jan Fabre. It was an amazing 24-hour experience, a celebration of tragedy and performance. The actors were sacrificing themselves on stage and I have never felt closer to their effort and pain. This performance was a huge lesson on how to make theatre and how to feel at home while at the theatre.

What do you do in ‘normal’ life outside Anna Fiorentini?
My life outside Anna Fiorentini lately is a non-stop search on finding the right courses or a postgraduate degree that would improve my skills in the performing arts, and especially in drama. I am trying to find enough free time during my day for this purpose.

Do you do any performing arts yourself?
Right now, I am afraid not. While I was studying though, I got pretty involved in acting and directing. I do admit that it is something I am looking forward to doing again.

How did you come to volunteer with us?
Being close to making of theatre is a way of living for me. So when I saw the volunteer position on LinkedIn, I didn’t have to think twice. I sent my application and I was lucky enough to become part of the Anna Fiorentini volunteering team.

What do you enjoy the most about volunteering with Anna Fiorentini?
Creativity of course! Working with children can be really creative and fills you with new ideas and positive energy. I’ve been looking forward especially to this term since the children are going to work towards a final performance in front of an audience. Hard work awaits us!

What is the best advice you would give other (aspiring) volunteers?
Take a chance, be creative, get involved and enjoy. Performing arts will offer you much more than you might think.

Eva De Valk