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.

Theatre Of Peace

Theatre of Peace is a body of classical and contemporary works that speak to the need for dialogue among adversaries, as opposed to the culture of violent engagement in our world today.   

Performances, staged readings and audience-participation multi-media offerings of Classical and Contemporary Greek literary and dramatic texts promoting dialogue vs. confrontation among peoples: from Homer to Euripides and Aristophanes, to Makriyannis, Cavafy and Kazantzakis, to Penelope Delta, Ritsos, Dido Sotiriou, Loula Anagnostaki, Kiki Dimoula and others.

At its inception three decades ago, EllinikoTheatro stated as its mission to be a bi-lingual performing arts company, presenting classical and modern Greek and Greek American plays to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Choosing to make its case by illustration, it mounted samples of its intended repertory in an inaugural two-week long festival of staged readings and workshop performances at LaMaMa ETC in 1980. The sold-out run of THEATRICA set EllinikoTheatro on a firm foundation and established its yet unbroken tradition of experimentation, frequency, range and economy, with sparse, mobile yet engaging productions.

In this context, dramatic readings of old and new theatre works, and of literary texts, have reigned supreme during our 36 year history, and are at the core of our current and future repertory, offering audiences worldwide the opportunity to experience a wide range of established works, while inviting them to participate in the development of new ones. ‘Theatre with the people rather than for the people’ may be our defining motto, along with our unswerving commitment to pro-active cultural diplomacy.

EllinikoTheatro launches its Athens residency with a Theatre of Peace Festival, July-November 2017 at Theatre 104 in Gazi, Athens. International artists along with professionals, amateurs and people from all disciplines are creating and staging performances, concerts, workshops, seminars, discussion forums and exhibits exploring socio-political themes such as Crisis and Addiction, the “Other”, Institutocracy, and the “Un” Generation.