Takis (Theodoros) Mouzenidis

He was born in Trabzon, Turkey in 1909 and graduated from the University of Athens School of Law. He then, on a scholarship, studied directing in Germany and also attended philosophy, art history, psychology and aesthetics courses at the University of Hamburg. In Germany, he worked with the State Drama Theater and the Scientific Theater Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts. He participated in the Delphic Festival 1927. He ha been a director of the Conservatory of Thessaloniki (1929-1931) and, for several years, permanent director of the National Theatre (1937-1943) and the Greek Popular Theater of Manos Katrakis. Together with a group of students, he founded the Free Theater of Thessaloniki and the experimental theater Avlaia (Stage, 1946), as well as the first school of music theater in Greece (Institute of Musical Theatre, 1952). He worked with almost all the major theater companies of his era and also worked as director abroad. He taught theater at Kostis Bastias’ Drama School and in universities in Europe and USA. He has directed some 150 plays by Greek and foreign playwrights, including 20 productions of ancient tragedy. He worked with all major actors, set designers and composers of his time. He wrote research papers and essays on theater and was a regular contributor with daily and periodical press (Nea Estia, etc.). He was a member of the Association of Greek Actors and general secretary of the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute. Between 1949 and 1960, he directed four GNO lyric works in 14 productions and/or revivals (at Olympia Theatre, Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, Patras Municipal Theatre): Don Pasquale, Tosca, Un Ballo in maschera and Der tapfere Soldat. He died in Athens on 8/8/1981. // Last update of the biography: December 2015 - The list of the productions below is continually updated.