Denitza Zafirova is a Bulgarian-born actressand interdisciplinary artist, based in Paris
She moved to New York City in 2015 to train at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s 3-year Professional Conservatory, where she was lucky to learn from great masters Elena Zucker (Neutral Mask), Ron Burrus (Adler Technique), Carolyn McCormick (Acting for the Camera) and Alithea Phillips (Voice and Speech), to name a few.
After coming back to Europe she was cast as Jana in the full feature SAMODIVA (pre-production).
As a stage actress, her most recent and notable work is as Dora Maar (lead) in MUSE (dir. Antonia Georgieva) with Aslant Theatre Company, which was first presented as part of the Camden Fringe at Camden People’s Theatre and was later transferred to the Tristan Bates Theatre. Her earlier roles in training include Madge in Picnic (dir. Robert Gonyo), Bianca in Othello (dir. Guy Mandic) and Dottie in Killer Joe.
She often collaborates with photographer Timna Lugstein, with whom she explores themes of identity, friendship, intimacy and womanhood through writing, photographs and painting. Their project Being. Alone. Together was published by C-heads magazine in March of 2019.
As a model, Denitza works with artists on themes ranging from classical and modern art to sculpture, installation, fashion and analog photography and has enjoyed collaborations with both accomplished professionals and beginners.
She was a figure skater for nine years, which left in her a strong interest in the art of movement. This later branched into other areas of artistic exploration – like her poems, which she often approaches from a tactile and immediate perspective, her collaboration with artists and sculptors interested in the human form, as well as her installation work along with Boyana Djikova, which focuses on the ego of body, mind and self.
Along with her artistic career, Denitza is closely involved with Single Step – a foundation whose mission is to support, motivate and empower LGBTI youth, their families, friends and allies in Bulgaria through the process of recognizing, coming out and affirming their sexual orientation and gender identity. Over 2018 she was responsible for their Art and Event Coordination and is a consultant to the foundation to this day.
Her voice can currently be heard at Les Champs Libres, France as part of mixed reality installation Solastalgia, which was part of the official selection of CANNES XR at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.