Mirela Brekalo-Popović graduated from the Academy for Theater and Film Arts in 1978., University of Zagreb. Since then, she has been acting at Comedy Theater Zagreb. She has performed in almost all theaters in Croatia and filmed many TV series and feature films. Since the beginning of her professional career, her work has involved pedagogy. She teaches at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Studies of Acting and Puppetry in Osijek, Drama Studio of City Theater Pula (INK), and the International Arts Center association. She has continuously devoted herself to the principles of speech, diction, vocalization of inner will, formulating speech through movement and body, acquiring game space with one’s personal space, and similar. At the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, she has long held the status of Associate Assistant Professor, focusing on speech and its skills and power to convey thoughts, emotions, and intentions. As an actress, she has received many awards for her creative work in theater and film.
Mirela Brekalo is StudioChekhov’s head mentor for all programs related to artistic development of children and youth.