Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian came to the U.S. in 1991 after graduating from the University of St. Petersburg with a BA in English Philology. After receiving an MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, she was awarded an American Association of University Women Fellowship to pursue the MFA degree in Film Production. She studied film with Dudley Andrew and Leighton Pierce. In 1999 she moved to New York City with her son Gleb. Irina Patkanian makes hybrid and creative documentary mixing fiction and non fiction; live action and stop motion animation, film and theater. Irina is the president of “In Parenthesis,” a nonprofit film, theater and media arts company. She is a professor of media production at Brooklyn College. Irina is a recipient of grants from New York State Council of the Arts, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. She is a currently working on an experimental film/theater/musical adaptation of Euripides’ plays “Iphigenia: Story of a Refugee” written by Lisa Schlesinger (Greece/UA), scored by Kinan Azmeh (Syria/USA), mise-en-scene by Marion Schoevaert (France/USA); with film shot on Crete and Lesbos islands of Greece.