Salvatore Maraucci was born in San Francisco, Calif., on Jan. 2, 1939, to parents Salvatore and Josephine Maraucci. He passed over to the next life in the arms of his life partner and his sister on Nov. 12, 2017, in his home.
During his life, Salvatore was a world traveler and lived in England and Australia. His work as a director, writer and performer evolved from his studies and research into the origins of drama and shamanism. He developed special workshops to develop the insights of the participants. Over the years, his work developed into a very personal style of music drama productions, seminars and workshops.
He graduated from the University of London with a BA in literature and drama and an MA in drama and history. His postgraduate studies included Commedia dell'Arte, Asian Drama, Balinese, Malaysian, Thai, East Indian and Japanese Dance Drama, as well as Australian Aboriginal, Balinese, Malaysian, Thai, East Indian, Hawaiian and Native American Shamanic studies at the University of N.S.W. in Sydney, Australia, as well as other schools. He was a student of the Tai Chi and Kung Fu martial arts. He received a diploma from the London National School of Film and studied theater design at the Central School of Art. He also spent time partaking in workshops and seminars to enhance his knowledge. He spent a year of his life living and studying with the monks of Tibet.
He was a teacher at the Australian Council for the Arts in Sydney, Australia. He taught two summer drama courses at Queensland University in Brisbane. He also taught at the Actor's Conservatory, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and the Young People's Theater of Australia in Sydney. He was the artistic director of two independent theater companies in Australia: Omnibus Theater Company and the Midnight Sun Drama Company. In addition to having performed in some of his own productions, he performed as an actor/dancer in theater, film, video commercials and music concerts in Europe, Australia and the USA. For awhile, he was also an actor/dancer/special assistant to Lindsay Kemp of the Lindsay Kemp Dance Company.
In his later life, he became a licensed and certified hypnotherapist and mainly worked as an independent director of his own productions and workshops with the assistance of his life partner, Nathan. Some of his theater work includes "Monkey," a 90-minute interpretation of the old Chinese story; "Into the Labyrinth," a two-act music drama; "Reflections," a one-act music drama; "Orestes," a one-act drama on Sophocles Orstes; "Lord of the Dawn-The Conquest of Mexico," a two-act drama using Mexican myths, legends, poetry and speech; "The Magician Who Lost His Magic," a one-act children's drama using live action and hand puppets; "The Dream Legend," a one-act music drama on the creation of the world; "Dreams and Mazes," a two-act music drama using the Minotaur legend; and "The Voyage," a children's 7-day participation workshop and play. His film work includes "A Tale," a short fantasy film, and "The Golden Dream," a 90-minute documentary on the ideals, culture, politics, and art of Early Christianity/Byzantium. Television credits include "Cavafy," a documentary of the life and work of the modern Greek poet, and "Cream Cakes," an adaptation of a short story by Checkov. Performances include "Flowers" and "Salome".
Salvatore never met a stranger and used his life to entertain, instruct and improve the lives of everyone around him. He is very much loved and will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his life partner, Nathan Beck of the home; two sisters, Mary Maraucci of the home, and Josephine Friedson and husband Richard of Long Island, New York; one niece, Teresa Florence and husband Robert of Vancouver, Washington; and one great-niece, Jessi Florence of Vancouver, Washington.
Services are being provided by Green Country Funeral Home. Visitation and viewing will be in the home at 616 W. Downing St., behind the high school from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m. Thursday. The family will hold their own private memorial. There will be no public service and the body will be cremated after the viewing and his remains presented to the family.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road; 918-458-5055.
Published on November 15, 2017