Natashya Armer-Giardina (Assistant Professor of Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance)
M. F. A. Acting, Northern Illinois University
B. F. A. Acting, Virginia Commonwealth University
Natashya Armer-Giardina is the 2017 Kennesaw State University Part-Time Faculty Award recipient. She has been part of the Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies as part-time faculty since January, 2006. She was the first faculty member (full or part-time) in the College of the Arts to earn certification for teaching online, and continues to be a leader in distance learning.
She continues her professional teaching & performing career in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, Natashya has taken on an additional part-time teaching position with Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Acworth, GA. She has also completed a handful of local video, film and voice-over projects. Past experiences include performing and teaching in the Chicago area for Our Town Productions, a professional theatre in Downers Grove, Illinois, and the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. In completion of her master of fine arts in acting in DeKalb, Illinois at Northern Illinois University in May 2004, Armer-Giardina had the extraordinary experience to study and perform in Russia with the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre.
In fulfillment of her MFA she performed roles in Waiting for Lefty, Disguises of Arlecchino, The Laramie Project, A Man's a Man, Balm in Gilead, several roles in Bob Schneider's adaptation of The Birds, and her thesis role, Gabriella, in David Edgar's Pentecost. In addition to receiving this degree, she has a bachelor of fine arts in acting from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has studied film, auditioning techniques, and business of theatre with the private studio, The Audition Studio in Chicago. Professionally, Armer-Giardina has performed as Lampito in Lysistrata with the Side Studio Theatre in Chicago, Kate in Taming of the Shrew and both Puck and Helena in Midsommer Nights Dreame with the New England Shakespeare Festival, and several roles with Our Town Productions. Armer-Giardina has also had the pleasure of performing at the world's largest theatre festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.