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Maria Olon is Greek by origin. She is a free minded woman felling part of the Whole World. She studies the philosophical systems that exclude any kind of injustice or punishment and concentrate on knowledge of self, kindness and love. She is a mother of a son and a daughter.

Maria has a BA in Sociology from Deree College in Athens, Greece and is an honored graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, USA (https://www.aada.edu/). She has worked extensively on Shakespearian women and on the Stanislavsky Method at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She has studied acting and directing for the cinema with Michael Ilienko, Dean of the Film University in Kiev, Ukraine. 

She studied creative writing and Philosophy of Literature for eight years at the “Center of Creative Writing and Conflict Resolution” founded by Christiana Labrinidis. At the age of 13 she wrote her first book “First steps, first thoughts” and was awarded as the “youngest Greek writer” by famous Greek writers Antonis Samarakis and Kostas Tahtsis. In 2011, her book “Translucent Vacant Head” was published by Heridanos, one of the oldest and most famous Greek publishers. A story of how humans have to recognize and  accept  both their male and female part  and also how someone should get rid of the skins of family, society and personal affairs in order to find one’s self and get free.

In 2003 Maria created “Magic Room Theater”, a team of artists that work together on projects, ideas and songs under her direction. Their work includes plays such as “this is a Duck”, “a suspicion on stage”, “Reunion”, “Lola’s Cabaret”, “It’s a Wonder Full World”, “Maria in Abundance”. The performances at ‘Magic Room Theatre’ stand out as ‘products’ of art due to the combination of creativity between play, the choice of music and realistic performances. These performances combine theatre, musical, stand-up comedy and live music performance. While in New York Maria acted in AADA theatres and in Greece she has acted in plays such as “Lunchbrake” , “Trainspotting”, “Sakura the musical”, “Summer bet”, “Mala, the music of the wind”, for the National Greek Opera House “Adam and Eve”, “Bug”, “the Night Porter”, “La nonna”, “The missing one, an indifferent life”. 

Maria has also adapted and directed Elena Ferante’s novel “Abandonment days” and has also directed, with remarkable acknowledgement from critics, the hugely successful play “IRAQ 9 parts of desire”. She directed “A eis tin (n), Otan i P sychi synanta to symban” under the auspices of the Greek Union of Physicists. She directed Anthimos Ananiadis, a well-known Greek actor who lives and works in Los Angeles, in “Dorian Gray Frames”. 

 Upon returning from New York she became and remains a member of the NAMA art team, as a director and actor, at the Epi Kolono theatre and has extensively worked on organically truthful acting. 

She has participated, performed and coached actors in full-length films and in Greek television. 

Maria has been extensively prolific in generating all sorts of ideas and all of her work captures her need to understand humans. 

She has created “Perceptual acting and directing” (PAD), her own new theory and method of teaching young actors and coaching professional actors. 

PAD is a new theory and action system with exercises, a foundation for every artist interested in acting. (actors, directors, dramatists, professionals in all fields that want that are working on self-knowledge etc.)   

It is the foundation for any acting method and a lifelong learning manual that relates to the actor’s development and maturing through self-awareness methods, life coaching,  ΕFT (emotional freedom therapy), philosophical statements, NLP (neurolinguistics programming), the value system by which humans live through the  analysis of the Homers  Odyssey and mainly through perceiving the philosophy of quantum mechanics. 

The need to create a new theory arose from the fact that acting methods only teach how “to act on stage” and not “who the person is who is acting on stage”. The new PAD theory comes to fill this enormous gap of “Who Am I”. 

It focuses on the compositional harmonization of the triptych body spirit soul & Ego, subconscious , Higher self. 

Maria is a member of the Association of Greek Physicists representing, as an artist, the promotion of the vision Science and Art and taking part in conferences and symposia both within and outside Greece. She has also contributed to the organization of numerous events by Consulat De Cote D’ Ivoire and Tango Acropolis Festivals as an artistic director. 

She directed the event of the presentation of “ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS FILE” publication at Acropolis Museum The uniqueness of this particular FILE is undisputed. In addition to being a significant publication and an educational tool for students of all ages, it is prove to be an important negotiating instrument in the effort by the Hellenic State to retrieve what is rightfully Greek: the sculptures taken from the Parthenon.

She has been giving birth to ideas since she remembers herself. The idea of Olon “knowing thyself.” network project  (The Olon“Know thyself.” Network will use the power or Technology and Art in order to give people massive exposure to anti-war images and through that to subconsciously dig deep into the strongest and most truthful Value of all and that is Love.  The goal: is to “fight” War in Eastern Countries and to help the Vulnerable Groups  in ethical, psychological and economical ways! But most important , to raise a massive collective powerful consciousness of the Human Rights! came out of her deepest want to help the Vulnerable Groups of Women and children at War after she has directed “IRAQ – 9 parts of desire”, a play written by an American –Iraqi  woman talking about the madness and the loss of war  without taking sides.

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