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Elzė Gudavičiūtė

Associated Professor and Head at the LMTA Department of Acting and Directing, PhD in Art. Subjects: Acting. Languages: German (C1), English (C1), Russian (B2), French (A2). Contact information: elze.gudaviciute@gmail.com, www.elze-gudaviciute.com.

Elzė Gudavičiūtė (b. 1984) is a Lithuanian film and theatre actress. She also teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA) where in 2009, she obtained Bachelor in Acting; in 2011, successfully completed Master’s studies, and in 2017, received her PhD in Art.

Since 2007, Elzė Gudavičiūtė has been acting in various Lithuanian theatres – The National Kaunas Drama Theatre, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, the State Youth Theatre, and Gintaras Varnas’ Utopia Theatre – and has been a member of No Theater theatre movement. Besides this, she acts in the cinema and on television. Currently, the actress’s biography boasts as many as 50 roles.

In 2012, the actress’ creative achievements were formally recognised by awarding her with the Golden Cross of the Stage and the Silver Crane (the most prestigious theatre and film awards in Lithuania), and the status of Artist Creator granted by the Ministry of Culture. In the same year, Elzė Gudavičiūtė was admitted to the Lithuanian Theatre Union and also became a member of the Lithuanian Neighbouring Rights Association AGATA. In 2013, the actress became a member of LiKA (the Lithuanian Film Academy) and joined the troupe of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. In 2014 and 2015, Elzė Gudavičiūtė was granted a scholarship for academic achievements by the Research Council of Lithuania. Since 2019, Elzė Gudavičiūtė has been a member of the Lithuanian Actor Guild, a member of the Council for Professional Performing Arts Institutions of Lithuania, and a member of the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Elzė Gudavičiūtė is a willing participant of numerous theatre festivals, workshops, and internship programmes all around Europe. The actress has always expressed genuine interest in the history of Lithuanian theatre and that of other countries, the tendencies of contemporary theatre, and the theory of the stage art, and is eagerly involved in the world of theatre. The Lithuanian culture-related press– magazines Menotyra, Ars et Praxis, Kultūros barai, Metai, Teatras, Literatūra ir menas – contain Elzė Gudavičiūtė’s analyses of art processes taking place on the stage.

At the LMTA, since 2015, Elzė Gudavičiūtė has been teaching acting to aspiring actors, directors, and dancers at the Faculty of Theatre and Film Faculty; besides, she is on the Committee of the Study Programmes of the Department of Acting and Directing, and a member of the Examination Boards of the Faculty or Theatre and Film and doctoral exams.

Updated 2022-03-03