Stavroula Kounadea makes live art and theatre and has a particular interest in self-identity, personal mythologies, media personae, magic and popular culture. Stavroula often uses physical transformations and vocal manipulations in her work, sometimes to the extent of assuming the identity of fictional characters or using aliases. She has created work under the name Alison Vane and given talks as Dr. Misha Maglev.
Her diverse practice of the last 18 years, ranges from repertoire theatre, film and TV to devised theatre, contemporary performance and live art. Even though her roots are in contemporary theatre and performance, Stavroula has always flirted with music and sound. She’s been a vocalist for noise band Elapse-O and fronted the avant-rock music collective Nonstop Tango. Stavroula is also one half of Readymade Theatre with Austin Sherlaw-Johnson. Stavroula is an Associate Lecturer in Art and Music at Oxford Brookes University.