Elliniko Theatro


Dear Friends,

As EllinikoTheatro nears its 40th 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. Too, we are contemplating a third base…in Los Angeles!  

In the summer of 2017 we launched the partnership with Theatre 104 by commencing 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. Over the next few months, Aristophanes, Cavafy, Kazantzakis, Socrates paired up with artists and young students interested in hot-button subjects, such as crisis & addiction, the un-generation, and the “Other.”  

In September 23rd, 215 readers lent their voices to a nightlong celebration of Homer’s Odyssey, and another 1000 people joined us in the summer gardens of Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis) as we staged this magical evening in collaboration with the Readers of Homer—and dedicated to the Odysseys of the refugees, under the special aegis of the UN High Commission for Refugees.

In October, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a tour of Socrates Now to Armenia and Georgia in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations with Greece. A most moving experience for all involved, which elicited muptiple invitations for our return!

Con-sti-tu-tion (Plato’s Republic), The Stones Speak, Cavafy – Poet Of The City are developing into full-fledged productions and will be premiering in 2019-20.

We are poised to announce the premiere of Maori Bacchae in Wellington in the spring of 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