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Giannis Iordanidis

Director
He was born in Cairo and started appearing in theater, film and television in Egypt since the age of five. He settled in Greece in 1962. He studied at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki Drama School and at the Kostis Michaelides School of Theatre in Athens, graduating in 1973 and receiving the Aimilios Veakis prize. He continued studies in Theatrology and Modern Greek Literature at the Sorbonne, as a scholar of the French government. He worked as an actor with the National Theater of Northern Greece, the Dimitris Horn troupe and the National Theater of Greece (1962-1972). He debuted as director in Paris (1983, Théâtre du Rond-Point). He directed a number of famous actors’ troupes, including Silvia Monfort’s. He represented France at international festivals with Racine’s stage play Alexander the Great [Alexandre le Grand] (1991). He organized and directed a series of mixed shows in Paris, envisaged to promote Greek theater and poetry (1976-1991). He directed ancient Greek dramas at the Epidaurus Festival and international festivals. He has directed a total of 100 performances in Greece and abroad. At the same time, he has engaged in translating dramas, while he publishes studies and articles on theater in Greece and abroad, designs theatrical exhibitions and conducts masterclasses for actors. He is a member with a number of art institutions and regularly serves as chairman and/or member of a board responsible for the admission and diploma exams conducted by the Greek Ministry of Culture and the National Theater of Greece. He has received numerous awards in Greece and abroad. For the GNO, he has directed Periklis Koukos’ Conroy and his Copies [O Konroua kai oi kopies tou] (1989/90, 1990/91), Nino Rota’s The Italian straw hat [Il cappello di paglia di Firenze] (2000/01, 2001/02) and Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Parisian life [La vie parisienne] (2003/04).