EllinikoTheatro is a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting Hellenic arts and culture worldwide. Since 1979 and with New York as its initial base, our organization seeks to bring classical, medieval and contemporary Hellenic literature and the performing arts beyond national boundaries and traditional theatre spaces, into schools, universities, festivals, companies and public spaces around the world.
Minimal sets and casts and bi-lingual productions—often enhanced by 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 and the conviction that theatre is a unique means of expression, communication and learning, as well as an invaluable instrument for enhancing social cohesion and economic development. Today, with a second base in Athens, ‘the most accomplished theatre of the Greek Diaspora’ (Melina Mercouri,1982) aims to develop into an innovative carrier of cultural diplomacy, expanding the temporal, spatial and social boundaries of Greek Theatre.
ΕllinikoTheatro is run by Yannis Simonides and Stephania Xydia and, under the aegis of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is currently producing (amongst others) one man show 'The Apology of Socrates' and marathon Homeric Readings in Belgium, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Greece, UK, USA, Uruguay, Mexico, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia and China.