Maira is a stage designer working for theatre, opera and film. She trained at Central School Of Speech & Drama. Born in Greece she has found a second home in London where she is based for the last 20 years.
She is selected as one of the six designers to represent Greece at the international exhibition of scenography Prague Quadrennial in 2019.
She is currently designing Romeo & Juliet for the Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik - Croatia; All Wrapped Up for Oily Cart Theatre Company and Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Soderberg in Cyprus in 2020.
Her theatre designs credits include: Salvadores Dei at the ancient amphitheatre of Odeon of Herodes Atticus under Acropolis in Athens -Greece. The acclaimed show has been touring many years in various venues around Greece including Megaro Mousikis and Michalis Kakogiannis; Jamaica Inn (Tabard Theatre); From The Silence Of The Display Cases To Living Theatrical Voices, a collaboration of Benaki Museum with the National Theatre Of Greece – four different projects (Erofilis Needlework, Twelve Heads Of Garlic and Fifteen Onions, What The Old Man Said, The Initiation Of Neoptolemos), which exhibits of various collections in the museum provided the spark for a dramatised work; Dance With the Devil (Lilian Baylis Studio-Sadlers Wells); Salome (Hoxton Hall); Dea a new trilogy written and directed by Edward Bond (Secombe Theatre); Macbeth (National Theatre Of Northern Greece - nominated for best set & costume design); Sweet Bird Of Youth (Alma Theatre -Athens); I’m a Minger (Belgrade Theatre & National Tour); Medea, Lysistrata (Riverside studios); Antigone (Riverside studios & International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, Cyprus); Ghost (Stavros Tou Notou –Athens); The Three Princesses Who Sung and Danced (National Theatre Of Cyprus - THOC); Guernica (National Theatre Of Greece); Chutney (Greenwich & Docklands Festival & International Tour); Velvet Scratch (Edinburgh, Prague, Athens & New York Festivals - Voted Best Show at Prague International Fringe Festival); Fresh Meat, Told You So (Courtyard Theatre).
Designs For Opera include: Alchina (Ryedale Festival & Scotland); Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival & Wiltons Music Hall); Xerxes (Hampstead Garden Opera) Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera - nominated for an Off West End award for Best Opera), Princess Ida (Finborough Theatre).
Maira has designed projects for Drama Colleges, Missing, Parlour Song, Dying City, Like A Fishbone (Cockpit Theatre)- all in collaboration with the MA Theatre Directing Students of the Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts; The House Of Bernarda Alba (Court Theatre Training Company); The Rimers Of Eldritch, Live Like Pigs (both at Central School Of Speech & Drama). She has delivered lectures on model making at the Camberwell Arts University.
In the film industry Maira has worked with directors Kenneth Branagh, Rupert Sanders, Guy Ritchie, Tim Burton, Ridley Scott etc, as a set dresser on their films: Cinderella, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes, Sweeny Todd, The Duchess, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus (all Pinewood Studios); Robin Hood (Shepperton Studios) The Other Boleyn Girl (Elstree Studios).
She designed Moments in Theatre, two documentaries based on Eumenides and Friedrich Schiller for the national Greek and German television.
She worked on the props department at the Opening & Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games – Athens 2004.