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Raina Von Waldenburg

Raina Von Waldenburg, MFA



Abbotsford campus, D102

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Raïna Von Waldenburg has recently moved to Vancouver after having been full-time faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she taught a physical approach to acting based on the work of Jerzy Grotowski at the Experimental Theatre Wing for the past 17 years. She currently teaches physical acting at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and at the University of Fraser Valley’s Theatre Department. Raïna also offers physical acting workshops at Blue Egg Studios in Vancouver.

For the past 26 years she has taught workshops in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Raïna received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, and her BFA in acting from New York University where she trained under Stephen Wangh, and Ryszard Cieslak, Grotowski’s principal actor and protégée. Raïna served as research assistant and editor for Stephen Wangh’s book An Acrobat of the Heart: A physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski. The recipient of a Distracted Globe grant, Raïna produced her one-woman show, Oysters Orgasms Obituaries at La MaMa E.T.C. for which she received the 2012 Innovative Theatre Award nomination for “Outstanding Solo Performance”. Raïna has been performing at various venues in NYC for the past decade with innovative companies such as Witness Relocation and Actors Without Borders, and she has worked closely with director Zishan Ugurlu as principal actor in productions at La MaMa E.T.C. that include The Father, Request Programme, and The Last Supper, as well as Enescu and Youth (WFMT Live Radio Network/Romanian Culture Institute). She is also a published poet, visual artist, and mother.


  • MFA - Goddard College
  • BFA - New York University

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