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.

 

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Meet the ATHENS2018 artists.


Vicky Yiannoutsos
is an award-winning director in theatre and film who has worked for over 35 years in the film industry as a producer, director, writer and acting coach. She has taught screen acting at Relativity Film School LA, Toi Whakaari, Auckland University, UCOL, TAPAC and the film industry at large since 1989 and currently runs PASA’s Screen Acting program at UNITEC in Auckland teaching screen acting to actors, writers and directors. At Unitec, she produces films which are developed by applying character driven methodologies to create story and script narrative.
As an NZ born Greek artist, Vicky’s expression of her roots are at the core of many projects, which include writer/director on the internationally screened documentary Visible Passage.
Vicky is one of four directors of Maori Bacchae International Ltd, an international company registered in NZ co-producing a Maori language stage production of Euripides ancient classic “The Bacchae” with associated exhibition and multi-media dimensions.

Greek-American Evan Zes is going to bring his two-year sold-out one-man show ‘Rent Control’ to Greece for the first time.

Evan’s New York credits include: Incident at Vichy at The Signature Theatre; Rent Control (writer and performer) at Soho Playhouse, Freedom of the City, Man and Superman, White Woman Street, Around the World in 80 Days at Irish Repertory Theatre and American Dreams with The Acting Company.
International credits include: Rent Control at Teatro Jaco in Costa Rica, Julie Taymor’s The King Stagg at the Barbican, London and Dream Play at the Moscow Art Theatre.

Lynne Tillman writes novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her novel NO LEASE ON LIFE was a Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award (1998), and her essay collection WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Her most recent collection THE MADAME REALISM COLLECTION AND OTHER STORIES (2016) was published by Semiotexte. Her sixth novel, MEN AND APPARITIONS, was published this year (2018) by Soft Skull Press.
At ATHENS2018 Lynne will be reading from her new book MEN AND APPARITIONS, at the double bill event ‘Art, Love, Madness’salongside film director Ranbir Sidhu.


Yannis Simonides is the founder of EllinikoTheatro and in ATHENS2018 he will present his new one-man show: CAVAFY: Poet of The City.

Bornnbul and raised in Athens, he is a graduate of Yale University and Yale School of Drama. He has served as professor and chair of Undergraduate Drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, executive producer of GOTelecom Television, director of Hellenic Public Radio in New York, and founding director of the Greek Theatre of New York. He has been awarded an Emmy by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has been named Ambassador of Hellenism by the city of Athens for his lifelong service to Greek arts and letters worldwide. Current projects are Socrates Now, the Maori Bacchae in New Zealand, a dramatization of Plato’s Republic and the international contemporary venture Theater of Peace.


Born in Athens in 1985, Amymoni Protopapa graduated from the University of Peloponnese with a BA in Theatre Studies with specialization in Dance and Choreography. She then continued her studies at theUniversity of East London, and acquired her MA in Theatre Directing(Realistic and Devised). She studied classical piano at theAthenaeum Conservatory and modern singing at the Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. She studied ballet and attended numerous seminars on modern and contemporary dance in Greece and Europe. Amymoni has participated in music-theatre and dance-theatre performances as a performer, assistant director and assistant choreographer since 2008. (Kalamata Dance Festival 2008, Greece, Euro-scene 2008 Leipzig, Germany, L.E.V 2009 LABORAL, Gijon Spain, etc.) In 2012 she directed, choreographed and took part in 9 site specific performances based on Buchner’s “Woyzeck” and one Dance-Theatre performance at Half Moon Theatre in London.

Amymoni is the director, as well as co-lead, of Water Wings, which will make its Greek premiere as part of EllinikoThεαtro’s ATHENS2018 summer festival.


Athina Kefalopoulou is an Actress, Producer and Script Supervisor currently based in Athens, Greece. Born in Athens in 1991, Athina was raised in Moscow, Russia and Oslo,Norway, before spending 4 years in Scotland where she got an MA with Honours in Sociology from The University of Edinburgh.While in Edinburgh Athina was an active artistic and committee member of Bedlam Theatre (Edinburgh University Theatre Company), The Edinburgh University Footlights and Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company, where she acted in, directed and produced more than 30 theatre & film productions in 4 years. Athina’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival credits include  Universal Theatre’s The Last Days of Gilda at New Town Theatre, starring Gael Le Cornec, and Bedlam Theatre’s Remember This. In 2017, Athina script-supervised the feature film Kazantzakis, directed by Giannis Smaragdis (El Greco, 2007). Athina is also currently studying for a Masters in Business Administration long-distance from Edinburgh Business School.

Athina co-leads in Water Wings, alongside Amymoni Protopapas. She also translated and adapted the play from the original 2013 Edinburgh debuted script by Isabella Freilinger.


Born and raised in London, UK, Ranbir Sidhu emigrated to the US in 1981 where he studied archaeology at UC Berkeley. He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize in fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. His books include Deep Singh Blue (2016), Good Indian Girls (2012), Object Lessons (in 12 Sides w/Afterglow) (2016) and The Fabulary (1996). His most recent, Hacking Trump: A Writer Remembers (2018) is his first non-fiction book. He has collaborated widely, including participating in the 2005 Flux Factory installation NOVEL!, which the New York Times Editorial Board attacked as a mark of the death of literature. He is the author of several full-length plays, and his work appears widely, including in Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, Fence, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, Other Voices, The Happy Hypocrite, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Vice, The Wire, The Towner, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Terrain, and The Nation. 
Ranbir currently lives in Chania, Crete.

At ATHENS2018 Ranbir will be screening two of his films, ‘Into The Sun’s and ‘Dancing With The Dead’ at the double bill event alongside author Lynne Tillman.