Ioanna Papantoniou

Set Designer, Costume Designer
She was born in Athens in 1936. She involved in folk culture and studied set and costume design at the Wimbledon School of Art, London (1967-1970). She designed sets and costumes for major works of Greek and world drama repertory. She was the first female costume designer for the National Theatre of Greece (Orestes, Epidaurus, 1971). Her first professional collaboration was with director Alexis Solomos in the production of Mayakovsky’s The bedbug and Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae (1971). She worked in stage productions of ancient Greek tragedies with major directors such as Karolos Koun, Kostas Bakas, Kostas Tsianos, etc. She collaborated with the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Municipal Theatre of Larissa, the Art Theatre and the Minotis-Paxinou theater troupe. Outside of Greece, she worked with Michael Elliott at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. She got involved in fieldwork for the Greek folk costumes and published a number of important books, studies and articles. In 1979, she founded the Nafplio-based Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation “Vassilios Papantoniou”, which won the European Museum of the Year Award (1981). She taught history in costume and set design at the departments of Theater Studies of the University of Athens and the University of Patras (1992-1996). She was honored for her contribution to science and theater by the Academy of Athens (1981), and received the State Award her for costumes in Fotos Lambrinou’s movie Doxobus (1987). Her work with the GNO between 1975 and 1984 included eight productions and/or revivals of lyrical works, such as Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny [Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny] (GNO premiere) and The Bat [Die Fledermaus], as well as The Blue Danube [An der Schönen blauen Donau].