Greek Theatre International (GTI) was founded in 2010 by Yannis Simonides and Stephania Xydia, in Athens, Greece, as a sister organization to the Greek Theatre of New York. Serving the continuity of GTNY’s tradition, GTI aims to bring performing artists and works of Greek Drama and Literature beyond national boundaries and traditional theatre spaces, into schools, universities, festivals, companies, communities and public spaces around the world. Minimal sets and casts, bi-lingual productions—often enhanced with inventive projections of surtitles in several languages and post-performance discussion seminars with audiences—make our work globally accessible and attractive to a wide range of hosts and sponsors.
At the heart of our work is a profound belief in the diachronic and universal value of select Greek texts and plays, as well as a strong commitment to Cultural Diplomacy. Alongside these notions lies the conviction that theatre is a unique means of expression, communication and learning, as well as an invaluable instrument for creative initiatives that aim to enhance social cohesion and economic development. Through our educational and participatory projects and the use of digital media, we intend to provide access to artistic enjoyment and experimentation, especially to the younger generations and disadvantaged social groups.
Greek Theatre International will initially build upon major projects produced by the Greek Theatre of New York, promoting them at an international level. In the long term, it aims to develop new projects in collaboration with Greek, European and international partners, who are interested in using the Classical and Modern Greek heritage as a departure point for exciting cultural journeys.
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