- PhD (Theatre), Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris III, France
- MA (Theatre), Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris III, France
- MA (Theatre), Vincennes-Saint-Denis University, Paris VIII, France
- BA (Theatre), CAL – University CAL de Artes Cênicas, Brazil
Leela Alaniz is a Franco-Brazilian director, actress, actor trainer and the founder and artistic director of Paris-based theatre company Pas de Dieux. Her career consists of a constant round-trip movement between the practice and theory of theatre. With over 25 years of practice and research in Theatre Anthropology and Corporeal Mime, Dr Alaniz has performed and directed several plays, toured in numerous countries and taught courses in the US, Europe, Turkey, Singapore and South America.
Dr Alaniz's academic research is focused on the field of Practice-as-Research, a methodology based on studying evolving actor training techniques for theatre. Her own unique training method explores the fusion between artificiality and organicity as embodiment and artistic expression. Rather than focusing on just interpretation, Dr Alaniz’s training method empowers the actor-author i.e. the actor as a creator, and the devising process of contemporary theatre.
After attaining a double major in Physical Education and Theatre Studies in Brazil, Dr Alaniz received a scholarship grant to participate in UTA, a centre of research for Theatre Anthropology in Brazil. Thereafter, she founded and directed the Casa de Artes BAKA, a multicultural arts centre. Successively, she was a research scholar at Pomona College, California for five years as a practice researcher and performer under the direction of Thomas Leabhart, spending one more year in Paris as his assistant.
In 2012, Dr Alaniz became a full-time lecturer in movement for acting and performance at Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore. In 2019, she was appointed as a full-time lecturer in Theatre at the School of Dance & Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts, University of the Arts Singapore.