Elaina Artemiev, PhD – Artistic Director and Founder

unknownElaina Artemiev graduated from Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) with MFA in Directing. Later she completed Ph.D. at the same institution. She is one of disciples of Maria Knable who was a distinguished Russian Theatre director and the student of Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov. Elaina was a founding member of the Tabakov Studio Theatre in Moscow, where she worked for many years before starting a teaching career at the Moscow Art Theatre School (MATS). Many of her students achieved national and international acclaim in the Theatre, TV, and Movie industries. She moved to the United States and joined Butler University Faculty in 2005.

Elaina founded the Butler International Theatre Exchange Program and has developed a system to training that incorporates Michael Chekhov’s Method, Vakhtangov Research, and Stanislavsky System. This unique course is aimed at developing an awakening of actor’s imagination, stage awareness, and creativity.

In 2012, she founded International Foundation for Theatre Education and Research (IFTER) while developing a brand new program for postgraduate students in Acting and Directing at GITIS with training in acting, directing, voice, movement, dance and Russian language.


Greer Gerni – Chief Operating Officer

1918846_556908409132_4286817_nGreer Gerni is a proud Hoosier and now a New York based theatre artist. Greer is a former student of Dr. Artemiev and has been with IFTER since the very beginning. She recently launched IFTER’s NYC Workshop program which offers artists free and reduced-cost workshops lead by international theatre artists in various theatre techniques. In 2014, Greer was chosen to be the theatre teaching artist for Alegria’s Hope Through Art program at La Comunidad de Niños Sagrada Familia in Peru, a school and home for abandoned youth.

Greer is a second year PhD student in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature at Indiana University She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BA in Theatre from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She also trained in Acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Acting, Directing, and Biomechanics (Meyerhold) from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS).