Maria Varnakkidou studied Modern Drama at Brunel University and then completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University in the UK. She has directed the devised theatre performances “ROUTES” (2019), “RAM” (2018) and the performance “IN-decent” (2017). In 2015 she co-directed the devised theatre performance “The Gaze”. In 2012 she curated and directed the exhibition-performance “Vagina Monologues”. She collaborated as a co-writer, in the feature film “Impressions of Drowned man,” which premiered at the official competition of IFF Rotterdam 2015. She has also worked as an actress and an assistant director. She taught several theatre workshops in Cyprus and London. As well as, worked as theatre facilitator in several Erasmus+ projects. Maria Varnakkidou was part of Buffer Fringe 2019 team as a mentee, working closely with the Artistic Director. 2021 was her second year as one of the two Creative Directors in the organization of Buffer Fringe.