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Maria S. Horne

marhorne@buffalo.edu

MFA- Florida Atlantic University- Theatre

She is a two-time recipient of The State University of New York system-level highest honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement:

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization.

At the University at Buffalo, Horne has been distinguished in:

  • Women’s Work, a Tribute to the Women Who Make UB Work, as one of the 80 women, past and present, who have made a significant contribution to UB since its creation in 1876.

Her additional university honors include:

  • Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2012 Meyerson Distinguished Teaching  & Mentoring Award
  • 2011 Outstanding Contributions to International Education Award
  • Salute to UB Authors (1st, 5th ed.)
  • UB Recognition for The Positive Influence on Students.

MARIA S. HORNE is an internationally recognized award-winning master-teacher, actor, director, producer, performing arts judge, and scholar. Internationally, she has been distinguished with the Excellence in Teaching and Distinguished International Career Award from the Universidad de Costa Rica, the National Council of the Arts Danza Diez Award from the Ministry of State for Culture of Venezuela, and ASSITEJ Argentina Award granted by UNESCO’s International Association of Theatre for Children & Young People. For her work as Research Director of IACE Creative Research Lab, she is a two-time recipient of the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Award conferred by CCCN of Costa Rica. Regionally, the Western New York Hispanic Network bestowed her with the Guarionex Award for her leadership contributions.

Horne first performed on the stage at the age of 5 in her native Argentina, where she graduated from the National School of Dramatic Arts  (IUNA) and enjoyed a successful professional career as an actor in Buenos Aires.  She moved to the United States and trained in Method Acting for five years at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, with Lee Strasberg, Anna Strasberg, Charlie Lawton, Elaine Aiken, and others.  She earned her M.F.A. in Theatre with concentration in Directing from Florida Atlantic University where she trained with Zoe Caldwell and Robert Whitehead.

Since 1994, she is a professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance and the Founding Director of IACE International Artistic & Cultural Exchange at UB. Horne is also Vice-President of AITU-IUTA International University Theatre Association http://www.aitu-iuta.org; Board Member UNESCO-ITI Worldwide Theatre Training and Education Committee http://www.iti-worldwide.org/committees.html; Delegate of CELCIT Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Creación e Investigación Teatral; and consultant for several organizations.  Horne holds a seat in the scientific committee of Italy’s refereed theatre journal Teatri delle Diversita.  She is also co-editor of AITU Press and has served as Co-Chair and/or Scientific Board of AITU’s 4th (Poland), 5th (Greece), 6th (Italy), 7th (Mexico), 8th (UK) and 9th World Congress (Belarus) http://www.theatre-fest.bsu.by/aitu/index_en.html.

Horne’s main areas of research are Methodology and Pedagogy of Acting, focusing on their intersection with Neuroscience.  She has presented her findingsthrough conferences, lectures, research papers, workshops, master classes—at major universities and organizations in 26 countries. She has participated in 80+ international meetings and performing arts festivals. Horne continues her creative work as director both in the US and abroad. Since 2000, the United States Department of State has appointed her as American Cultural Specialist ACULSPEC to Estonia, Culture Connect Envoy to Paraguay, and U.S. Speaker and Specialist to Costa Rica.

Horne’s articles have been published in several languages by refereed and leading journals in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Horne’s Method Acting for Performers of a New Century was produced by the Chair UNESCO ITI as part of its series Theatre Pedagogy on DVD. Ten of her dramatic translations and adaptations have been professionally produced.  Horne has co-edited five trilingual academic volumes: Studying the Theatre; Theatre without Frontiers; To Teach/To Study Theatre at the University: What for?; Seventh Congress of University Theatre: Identity and Its Languages, Paradigms and Paradoxes; and Actors in University Theatre.  She is currently co-editing a volume with the working title of Theater Pedagogy.

As Founding Director of the International Artistic & Cultural Exchange Program (IACE) Horne’s objective is to provide students, faculty and alumni with unique learning and cross-cultural opportunities. IACE fosters creative research, peace-building, and a better understanding of artistic and cultural heritages by bringing artists of multicultural background from around the world to the university and community. In a two-way approach, IACE replicates the experience for UB artists by creating and sponsoring opportunities abroad, which allow them to mirror the artistic and cultural exchange. IACE presents thought provoking, critical, innovative and interactive events, and extends dialogue through a variety of initiatives: IACE International Performing Arts Series, IACE International Lectures Series, IACE International Visiting Scholars Program, IACE Academic Overseas Program, IACE Alumni Program, IACE Community Outreach, IACE New Initiatives Program, and IACE Creative Research Lab, of which Horne is Research Director. In addition, Horne created two UB study abroad programs: Theatre, Cultures & Civilizations in Romania (Summer) and Shanghai Theatre Academy in China (Fall semester).

As Director of IACE Creative Research Lab, Horne engages students in her own interdisciplinary scholarship, making them part of the hands-on and intellectual process of inquiry and discovery. Since 1994 she has sponsored over 100 students and continues to provide supervised research opportunities that through her mentoring have resulted in her students creating new work, publishing, presenting research at international conferences and performing at international festivals. Both her IACE Creative Research Lab and her alumni have earned distinctions.  A large number of her students go on to professional artistic careers, earn terminal degrees, graduate assistantships, Fulbright fellowships, and placement in academic institutions.  Long after graduation, her students continue their collaboration both here and abroad, and they consistently credit Horne as a main influence in their careers, research, and lives.  (last updated 10/2012)As Founding Director of the International Artistic & Cultural Exchange Program (IACE) Horne’s objective is to provide students, faculty and alumni with unique learning and cross-cultural opportunities. IACE fosters creative research, peace-building, and a better understanding of artistic and cultural heritages by bringing artists of multicultural background from around the world to the university and community. In a two-way approach, IACE replicates the experience for UB artists by creating and sponsoring opportunities abroad, which allow them to mirror the artistic and cultural exchange. IACE presents thought provoking, critical, innovative and interactive events, and extends dialogue through a variety of initiatives: IACE International Performing Arts Series, IACE International Lectures Series, IACE International Visiting Scholars Program, IACE Academic Overseas Program, IACE Alumni Program, IACE Community Outreach, IACE New Initiatives Program, and IACE Creative Research Lab, of which Horne is Research Director. In addition, Horne created two UB study abroad programs: Theatre, Cultures & Civilizations in Romania (Summer) and Shanghai Theatre Academy in China (Fall semester).