Greta Amend is a german actress, director, lecturer, researcher, former casting director, artist, and producer for film and theatre.
She entered the entertainment industry early as a professional actress for theatre and film, and has always been driven by a strong interest in the art of acting, teaching and directing. She studied drama at the Hanover University for Music, Theatre and Media from 1983 to 1987, graduating by playing in "Toda esta larga noche" (This is the long night) by Jorge Díaz - and writing & directing her first medium-long film "Full House - House of Fools" (33 min.), which premièred at the European Media Art Festival (EMAF) in Osnabrück 1987.
Between 1990 and 1992 she continued her studies with Anatolij Vasil`jev at the Theatre School of Dramatic Arts in Moscow. With the International Theatre Centre Akt-Zent and the GITIS Academy Moscow she studied from 1996 to 1998 in the Masterclass "Acting and Directing", including most acting and directing techniques based on the Russian school. Amongst her outstanding teachers were Prof. Vassili Skorik, Prof. Jurij Alschitz and Prof. Sergej Issayev.
Gretas substancial education as performing artist is enriched by her participation in the international theatre and film directing workshops of Künstlerhaus Bethanien which enjoyed cult status in the Berlin of the early 90´s. Greta studied with directors Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrej Wajda, Peter Palitzsch, Thomas Schulte-Michels, Ruth Zapora, Sergej Ashkenasy, Yoshi Oida and Wojiech Marczewski. Additional private lessons involved comprehensive Michael Chechov scene work with Israel Olshan, and extensive repertoire work with actors from Peter Stein´s former ensemble of Schaubühne Berlin. Amongst her film training teachers were danish director Henning Carlsen and Rae Allen.
Greta has been pursuing her acting career by working extensively in theatre productions with numerous foreign and local companies in Europe. Her role portfolio spans from clasical parts like Maria Timofeevna Lebyadkina in "Demons", Titania in "A midsummer nights dream", Nastassja Fillipowna in "Idiot", Polina in "Gambler", Masha in "Three sisters", Eboli in "Don Carlos", or Diotima in "Symposion" to contemporary lead roles like The Woman in "Laughing wild" or Mensch in "Act without words I and II" by Samuel Beckett.
In 2002 Greta launched a new career as casting director for Grundy Ufa TV Production in Potsdam Babelsberg, being responsible for the serial casting of Europe’s most popular daily soap opera "Gute Zeiten/Schlechte Zeiten”. Since 2005 she has been an independent casting director for cinema productions, amongst them the biggest russian-european screen epic in history: "DAU" by Ilya Khrzhanovsky (Ukraine | Russia | Netherlands | Germany | Sweden - currently touring from Paris to London), or "Stadt, Land, Fluss" by Benjamin Cantu, which won the Teddy Award at Berlinale 2011. A score of several independent features followed. Greta specialized in finding the right actors ensemble for short film productions, and has been casting more than 40 productions of the German Film Academy Berlin dffb and independent productions until today.
In 2008 Greta directed her cross-over project "First public audition for actors in Germany", in which she explored the borders and possibilities between the casting process and exchange of performance in front and behind the camera. 200 actors from all over Europe participated in a 16 hour marathon casting including scene work. 50 of them were later acting part in the Performance "Misconception in the city" during the Long Night of Museums in the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, based on Christopher Durang´s "Laughing Wild" .
In 2011 Greta founded the "Actors Roundtable", a philosophical and professional Symposion on the profession of today´s acting.
In 2012 she adapted and directed the theatre play "White nights" by russian author Fjodor Dostojevsky at the Theater an der Glocksee, Hannover.
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Since 2012 he´s been participating in the "International Directors´ and trainers´ Colloqiums" of the European Association for Theatre Culture, the International Theatre Institute ITI, and Akt-Zent International Theatre Centre Berlin, focusing on new training methods and theatre ethics. She has been practising with masters like Peter Oskarson, Jurij Alschitz, Masaki Iwana, Oleg Liptsin and Alejandro González Puche.
Greta has been ahead of her time in creating and teaching highly acclaimed, innovative, hands-on training concepts for actors and directors, like her workshop “Energizing The Actor”, "Berlinale Special", "Perspektive Schauspieler", "English for actors", "Respect for actors - Respect for directors", "Working with Actors", starting since 2006. She has since then been invited to schools and universities in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland, and has been a guest lecturer in her masterclasses for directors and actors at the post-graduate department of the National Danish Film School (Filmskolens Efteruddannelse), the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Den Danske Scenekunstskole), the Norwegian Actors´Center (in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute), the German Film- and Television Academy dffb Berlin, the XXL EU Experts Workshop, Vienna, and in her masterclasses at the Medienakademie Hamburg. Her workshop concepts, like "Respect for Actors" cover the fields of directing, casting, and acting.
In 2015 she founded the "Superbohemians", a multidisciplinary working group of european artists collaborating on film, theatre and media projects.
Greta is forwarding her unique knowledge in personal sessions, as a leading mentor for european directors and actors for TV, theatre and film. Due to her capacities in art, she is invited by renowned international companies interested in conceptual and practical improving female empowerment and leadership, artistic leadership, team building and change management.