About Us

OTOA Founder & Master Teacher:
Gia Forakis

OTOA Managing Director:
Darya Gauthier
About The Founder

OTOA Teaching was founded in 2007 by New York City Stage Director & Theater Artist, Gia Forakis.

Gia Forakis is recognized as a professional freelance Theater Director, with well regarded credits as a playwright, performer, producer, educator, painter, and Creative Life Practice coach. 

She is the Founder & Master Teacher of One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™, and the Artistic Director of GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY (GF&CO) a company dedicated to the development and application of OTOA as a tool
for experimentation and education through art, ritual, and performance and as a Creative Life Practice

She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Conservatory Acting Program. Since receiving her Masters Degree in 2004, her primary focus has been in the development and application of OTOA, and as a professional freelance Theater Director.

Gia is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). She has had the great good fortune to direct plays across the United states, and to lead OTOA workshops across the country and around the globe. Gia has been nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award, and the New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Theater Direction. She has received a Mary Jean Parson's Award (for directing studies) and a Paulette Goddard Award (for acting). www.GiaForakis.com

"OTOA arose out of a personal and professional imperative as a theater artist, to get more detailed, specific, and physically dynamic performances from the actors I was working with while I was at Yale getting my masters degree in directing.

"It was this desire that forced me to consider more deeply what it was I found the most satisfying and compelling
when watching a performance of any kind.

"It became clear that what engages me the most is the physical expression of the performers thinking process. And it is through this type of physical expression that I gain entrance into a production, it is what pulls me in,
and what enables me to invest more fully in the production.

It is the specific visualization of thought into action that distinguishes the stage’s capacity for expression from that of radio or literature, thereby providing a more visceral event for the audience. And it was this observation that became the primary motivation in the development of OTOA as a performance technique and training.

I have been developing and practicing OTOA for 14 years, and teaching OTOA formally since 2007. In that time OTOA's principles have continued to evolve as a performance theory, technique and training for performers, directors, public speakers, teachers and in recent years, as Creative Life Practice for creative thinkers in any field.

OTOA is a wide-ranging tool that can strengthen craft as well as offer personal and collective growth and transformation.  

~Gia Forakis

OTOA Founder, Master Teacher & Theater Artitst
Photo By: Bill Bernstein © 2011