Elliniko Theatro



Dear Friends,

As EllinikoTheatro nears its 38th anniversary, we pause to enjoy the beautiful view of the road travelled and to take bold new steps toward our mission of cultural diplomacy and theatrical innovation. Audiences in the two capitals of our work axis, Athens and New York, have been beckoning us for sometime now to reboot as an activist performing arts agency, serving the needs of the young in years and at heart.

It is time to take up permanent residency again in New York, and to also create a base in Athens, Greece. In New York we are in negotiations with several theatres and educational institutions. In Athens we have found a perfect home in Theatre 104 in the Kerameikos area, a well-known hub for the performing arts.   

In the summer of 2017 we are launching this partnership by staging a Theatre of Peace festival of standard and new works – concerts, jazz, poetry recitals, stand-up comedy, screenings and an experimental cycle of mini-plays. Aristophanes, Cavafy, Kazantzakis, Socrates will pair up with artists and young students interested in hot-button subjects, such as crisis & addiction, the un-generation, and the “Other.”  

On September 23rd, 200 readers will lend their voices to a nightlong celebration of Homer’s Odyssey. Join us in the summer gardens of Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) as we stage this magical evening in collaboration with the Readers of Homer.

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs is exploring with us a tour of Socrates Now to several Eastern European republics in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations with Greece.

Con-sti-tu-tion (Plato’s Republic), The Stones Speak, Cavafy – Poet Of The City, and Birth Of A Nation (the Makriyannis Memoirs) are developing into full-fledged productions and will be premiering in 2018-19.

We are poised to announce the premiere of Maori Bacchae in Wellington in January 2019, in collaboration with New Zealand and international museums and cultural centers.

We cannot bring these projects to fruition without you. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization aiming to raise $250,000 in order to realize our current international projects and build ourselves a home. Please join us as partners in this important work, by making a tax-deductible donation today! 

Any amount you desire to give, from $5 to $50,000, will help bring EllinikoTheatro where it is most needed: in the thick of dialogue among the citizens of the world. 

 Now is when we need our poets most. Be part of our poem.


Efharistoume poly! Thank you very much!                                         

 Yannis Simonides
 Director, EllinikoTheatro
 President, Greek Theatre Foundation