“EllinikoTheatro invites the citizens of the world to a continuous dialogue. It offers us an opportunity to listen to each other, all of us who believe we know everything. Just like Socrates said: in order to learn, one has to admit to knowing nothing“. Kathimerini Daily
In the last three years (2014-16) we have performed in 35 cities in 15 countries, and held seminars, workshops and masterclasses in ancient and contemporary drama, ethics, political theory and civic engagement in major universities and underserved schools. In the next three years (2017-19) we will be developing and presenting four new projects along with our current ones, in actually every continent, except Antarctica. Working with innovative academic colleagues we are designing intercultural artistic and educational models that we hope will engage and serve our international audiences for generations to come.
EllinikoTheatro is an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to bring classical, medieval and contemporary Greek literature and drama to theatres, festivals, schools, universities and communities around the world. Minimal sets and casts, and bi-lingual productions—often enhanced by surtitles in several languages—, along with post-performance discussions and seminars, render the work globally accessible and attractive to a wide range of hosts, audiences and sponsors.
In close collaboration now with the visionary culture management company in Athens, EllinikoTheatro aims to develop into an “agora”, a virtual marketplace of goods and ideas: highly original performance projects (classical and contemporary theatre, music, dance, cinema, literature, performance art,) with a pronounced emphasis on entertainment, humanist education, social activism and cultural diplomacy – a stimulus for constructive dialogue among the people of the world.
EllinikoTheatro was founded by actor, writer, producer Yannis Simonides and his colleagues in 1979, and ever since then it has served Greek and English speaking audiences with acclaimed productions in Greece, the USA and internationally. The company has sought to approach the classical, medieval and contemporary Hellenic repertory with discipline, originality, delight and irreverence.
EllinikoTheatro has collaborated with distinguished artists, such as Theoni Vachliotis Aldredge, Demos Avdeliodis, Lydia Carras, Chad Cohen, John Davies, Olympia Dukakis, Vangelis Fampas, Dionyssis Fotopoulos, Dan Georgakas, Yannis Glezos, Caryn Heilman, Kathryn Hohlwein, Andrew Horton, Yannis Houvardas, Iakovos Kambanellis, Nellie Karra, Nicholas Kepros, Manolis Korres, Anna Makraki, Yolanda Markopoulou, Kostas Mourselas, Alexander Mylonas, Irina C. Poulos, Charles Royal, Stefan Rudnicki, Loukas N. Skipitaris, Panagiotis Stefos, Ellen Stewart, Robert U. Taylor, Mikis Theodorakis, George Tsontakis, Sam Tsoutsouvas and Vicky Yiannoutsos.
Productions over the years have included Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Electra, Euripides’ Iphigenia in Tauris, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Thesmophoriazussae and The Birds, Kazantzakis’ Greek Passion, Theodorakis’ Song of the Dead Brother, Kambanellis’ A Tale Without A Title, Kornaros’ Erotokritos, Gregorios’ Christos Paschon, Simonides’ Epitheorisi, Alexandriad, Cavafy and Smyrne, Korres’ Happy Sunset, Skourtis’ The Nannies and Karaghiozis in America, Makriyannis’ Memoirs and Plato’s Apology of Socrates.
Ellen Stewart of La MaMa ETC praised EllinikoTheatro as one of her “brightest children”, and Melina Mercouri championed it as “the longest living and most accomplished theatre of the Greek Diaspora”.