EllinikoTheatro is an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to serve as an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Hellenic Theatre.

EllinikoTheatro

EllinikoThεatro (Greek Theatre Foundation) is an international non-profit performing arts organization based in New York and Athens. Since its inception in 1979, it has sought to serve as an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Hellenic Theatre. Its mission is to present multilingual and multimedia productions of the classical and modern Greek repertory to audiences of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. ET’s intent is to challenge and be challenged by the world’s cultures and ideas, and to work with an open mind and avid interest with people from different environments, circumstances and disciplines.

As we approach the 5th decade of our international journey we have decided it is time to take up permanent residency again in New York, and to also create a base and a home in Athens, Greece. Audiences in the two cultural capitals of our work axis have been beckoning us for sometime now to return, to reboot and be reborn as an activist performing arts agency, serving the social and artistic needs of the young in years and at heart. 

In New York we are in negotiations with several theatres and cultural/educational institutions and we shall be announcing our findings soon. In Athens we are fortunate to have found a perfect home in Theatre 104, in the central Kerameikos area (http://www.104.gr/). Theate 104 is a reputable hub for the performing arts, held in high regard by both Athenian audiences and artists alike. Aside from performances, it hosts corporate masterclasses, educational workshops for both amateurs and professionals, English-speaking shows, and it nurtures both new writing and experimental work.

Theatre 104 provides multiple spaces, equipment and human resources for master classes, seminars, rehearsals, training and project development, in addition to a revitalizing café and garden that enhance both the artists’ and the audiences’ experience of the space.

Here we will have a home from which to coordinate our international projects, in the aim of connecting the dispersed and disconnected communities of the Greek diaspora, in collaboration with both public and private agents, while providing the travelers to Greece with a welcoming starting point for their multilingual cultural experience.

EllinikoTheatro is the first organization that Theatre 104 has ever accepted to take permanent residency in its building, inviting us to become an integral part of its venue. In the summer and fall of 2017 we are launching this mutually beneficial and worthy partnership by staging a festival of old and new productions, along with concerts, jazz and poetry recitals, stand-up comedy, screenings and an experimental cycle of mini-plays. Socrates, Cavafy, Makriyannis, Kazantzakis will pair up with artists and young students interested in hot-button issues, such as Crisis and Addiction, the “Other”, Institutocracy, and the Un-Generation.  

It will be a ride to remember. As always. Join us as we celebrate our new home in Athens.