Marina Petković Liker is a theater director, phonetician, comparative literature scholar, voice and speech professor, and PhD candidate in literature, performing arts, film and culture. As an assistant professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, she teaches Stage Speech. From 2008, she taught as an associate professor at the undergraduate and graduate studies at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Zagreb, Puppetry and Narration and Reciting courses. She also worked as an assistant at the Voice course at the Academy of Arts in Osijek.
Since 1998, she has worked at the drama studio of the Zagreb Youth Theater school as a drama, voice and speech pedagogue. She holds professional and artistic workshops dealing with the fields of voice, speech, and theater direction. She also participates in developing theater designed for children and youth, teachers, educators, as well as artists.
As head of the artistic organization “Četveroruka”, she has organized a number of innovative events that connect artists and the public in specific ways (e.g. performing conference, sharing performances, performance dinners, and similar). She also initiated the magazine for performance-theoretical conversations – “Čitanka”. She has directed 25 performances, mainly signature, on the independent and institutional scene in Croatia (“Kuća na oštrici”, “Od terora. Od borbe. Od boli. RASPLITANJE.”, “Soba za poglede”, “Adagio”, “Medeja”, “Prašnjavko”, and more). For the play “Rasplitanje”, she earned an award at the 26th Days of Marulić in Split.
She is devoted to artistic and scientific research in the fields of the mutual connections between voice and body, female gestures, and women’s principle of acting in art and life, the synesthetic theater, drama ensembles and the relationship between different performers. In her voice and speech work, she combines knowledge acquired through formal education at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and informal education from workshops lead by Katherine Pongracz, Cicely Berry, Sigmund Molik, Julie Varley, Deborah Hetch, Ros Steen, and Barbara Houseman.