Cosmin Chivu's interview with Anne Bogart was recently published in Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, a peer reviewed journal dedicated to the art and craft of acting and its philosophies, exercises, and history. Methods explores acting for stage, film, and television, their similarities and differences, deconstructing old techniques and constructing new ones. Methods includes interviews with important industry professionals, academic and professional news about the performing arts, book reviews, and historical documents. Methods will embody everything about the craft and entertainment of acting, from culture to spirituality to truth.

         Ion Cosmin Chivu has over sixteen years of experience in teaching acting and directing courses, as well as master classes on acting, improvisation, directing styles, devised theater, and performance techniques. In America he has taught in five universities and internationally in twelve countries. His pedagogical approach is based on creative strategies for students to grow artistically to become first rate performers. His system of work is based on three key theorists: the Stanislavski’s principles, which he learned and practiced in Eastern Europe, the Brechtian inheritance, which he gained in Western Europe, and the Method Acting of Strasberg that he studied in New York at the Actors Studio Drama School and practiced as a life-time member of the Actors Studio. During the process, he refers to the extensive vocabulary developed by theater masters such as Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Robert Lewis, and Arthur Penn. He also practices a fusion of pedagogic methods of the European schools of Brecht, Grotowski and Lecoq. His technique provides the students with a precise order of progression to intensify their skills as actors and directors.


In the Fall of 2011 Ion Cosmin Chivu was appointed to Assistant professor with tenure track at Pace University, and shortly after he became the Director of the BA International Performance Ensemble (IPE) at Pace School of Performing Arts in New York City. In 2011 and 2012 he created two new programs, BA in Directing and BA in Acting, under the umbrella of the International Performance Ensemble (IPE), which now enters its third year of existence and has enrolled over one hundred students. He created the academic structure, curriculum, and drafted the entire load of courses and syllabi within these two BA programs. In addition in the Summer of 2014 Chivu implemented the international component of IPE, which involved touring performances of three different groups of sophomore students to the UK’s London Central School of Speech and Drama, Romania’s Sibiu International Festival, and Greece’s Theater of Changes Festival.


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Recent Master Classes and Workshops:

•Eutheca European Union Academy of Theater and Cinema, Rome, Italy
Narrative storytelling and performance techniques
May 2015

• Theater Academy of Cluj, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania
Narrative storytelling and performance techniques
June 2015

• Sibiu Academy of Theater, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania
​June 2015

• The Actors Studio Drama School, NYC.
A Director's process; collaborating with the playwright, actors, and designers.
September 2014, February 2013

• The 10th International Festival of Making Theater, Athens, Greece

Narrative storytelling and performance techniques

July 2014


​• The Film Academy of Poland, Warsaw, Poland

Creating Space for Transformation
May 2013

• Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK
Creating Space for Transformation
May 2013

• Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand 

Emotion and Visual Memory workshop
​May 2015, January 2013

​• The 7th International Festival of Making Theater, Athens, Greece

Creating Space for Transformation
June, July 2011

• University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. 

Contemporary Theatre Practice- The Transformation Workshop.
January 2011

• The Tisch School of the Arts NYU, New York City

Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles and European Drama.
Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010

​• CUNY - The Graduate Center, New York City

​Workshops on directing and play development; classes on new translations of Eastern European and Yiddish Plays.
Spring 2011, Fall 2010