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Theater: The human capital of the modern Greek state


Hellenic American Union Theater

“Hellas in Bloom: Creative Greece”
Vasilis Papavasiliou talks about Theater with Platon Mavromoustakos


The period from the end of the 19th century to the 1930s was a pivotal time for the way in which theatrical ideas were brought to the stage in the young Greek state. Using this temporal demarcation, we will talk about the human capital of the intellectual heritage of the modern Greek state: the protagonists who assumed this new role in theater, that of the theater director, which became in modernity the art that brought the theater into the 21st century. In this respect, the newly founded modern Greek state fell into step with European modernity, which brought about the birth of the modern-day theater director in the 1880s.


Vasilis Papavasiliou


Vasilis Papavasiliou is a director, actor, writer, and sound engineer. He was born in Thessaloniki in 1949. He began studying medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki but dropped out to attend the Drama School of the Greek Art Theater Karolos Koun. He has directed forty theatrical productions over the course of forty years (plays by Sophocles, Euripides, Goldoni, Marivaux, Molière, Goethe, Horváth, Shakespeare, Pirandello, Anagnostakis, Staikos, Maniotis, et al.). He has written noumerous theatrical plays. He has translated theatrical plays and prose. Most recently he has directed theatrical productions, such as Marivaux’s La seconde surprise de l'amour and Euripides’ Eleni, at the National Theatre of Northern Greece.

He has taught, sporadically, at various private drama schools and at the Drama School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Fine Arts. He has been awarded distinctions by the City of Athens, the Municipality of Chalandri, the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music, and the Theater Festival of Syracuse, Sicily. In 2016, he became a member of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Platon Mavromoustakos

MAVROMOUSTAKOS.jpgHe was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Since 1991, he has been teaching in the Department of Theater Studies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a law degree from the University of Athens (1981) and a PhD from the Institut d’Études Théâtrales, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (1987). He has taught in universities and research centers in Europe and America. He is a founding member of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama. Studies of his regarding the history, dramaturgy and practice of Greek theater and contemporary staging of ancient drama are published in Greek and international scientific journals. He is a dramatist, working with theater organizations and committees of the Greek Ministry of Culture. He has written numerous books and has edited various publications. He has been bestowed the Ordre des Palmes académiques.

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