Stavros Doufexis

He was born in Nafplio in 1933. He studied law in Athens, drama at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and theatrology and art history in Berlin. As a novice and apprentice he worked at Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble and the Komische Oper, both in Berlin. He trained further under leading German modernist choreographer Mary Wigman and Austrian director Walter Felsenstein. Starting in 1959, he directed as a resident or guest director in state theaters of the German speaking world over eighty shows. During the same time, he served as Director of the Bielefeld Municipal Theatre. He adapted and translated theatrical plays, mostly ancient drama. Music, rhythm and motion were always key elements of his work. He worked closely together with musicians, choreographers and mimes, in groundbreaking stagings of plays, including Aristophanes' Birds, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It, Eugène Labiche's An Italian Straw Hat [Un chapeau de paille d'Italie] and Georg Büchner's Leonce and Lena [Leonce und Lena]. He returned to Greece in 1974. He directed Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Bertolt Brecht's The Visions of Simone Machard [Die Gesichte der Simone Machard] (1976), The Trojan Women [Troades] (1983) and Life of Galileo [Leben des Galilei] (1998) for the National Theatre of Greece. For the National Theatre of Northern Greece, he directed Margarita Lyberaki's The Saint Prince [Agios Prigkipas] (1977) and The Tempest (2002). For the National Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), he directed the plays Miss Julia [Fröken Julie] (1979) and The Comedy of Errors (1992). He collaborated with the GNO on only one occasion, when he directed the operetta The Godson [O vaftistikos] (artistic seasons 1977/78, 1979/80 ).