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Official announcement 1 _ Theatron of th

With the support of the Consulates General of Greece


A short video from the event

You can watch it all on YouTube:

Theatron of the Americas Honors Greece's

200 Years of Independence.





When:  March 24, 2021 at 10:30 am PST on Facebook live - Zoom


Hosted by: Socrates Alafouzos, founder of Theatron of the Americas


Actors and Distinguished Guests from US, Greece and around the world

read passages from Ancient Greek Drama and poetry.


World-renowned Special Guest Dr. Deepak Chopra


The world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation

reads from Plato's “The Allegory of the Cave.”

TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as

"one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century." 


Distinguished guests:

In order of appearance 

Dr. Menas Kafatos, Internationally known astrophysicist and quantum physicist, author and philosopher, Fletcher Jones endowed professor at Chapman University. Author of several books including "Science, reality & everyday life", P. Asimakis Publishers, Athens 2020 and “You are the Universe,” NY Times bestseller with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Random House/Penguin 2017. Foreign member of Romanian Academy of Science and Korean Academy of Science and Technology. Facebook: Menas Kafatos, Twitter: @mckafatos, LinkedIn: Menas Kafatos

Julian Sands, Internationally acclaimed British actor. He has appeared in many films, including "Room With a View," "Naked Lunch," "Warlock," and “Arachnophobia,” “Killing Fields.” Sands was nominated for "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013).


Thaao Penghlis, Three times Emmy nominated actor, born in Australia to Greek parents. He has appeared in several movies, television shows, most notably "Mission Impossible", "Days of our Lives" and "General Hospital".

Eleftheria Deko, Award-winning lighting designer of the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece and the Acropolis in Athens. she has been awarded an EMMY for “Outstanding Lighting Direction” from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2004-2005 primetime Emmy awards. She is the founder of the Eleftheria Deko & Associates Lighting Design studio. As a lighting designer, she has designed the lighting for more than 450 theatrical plays, opera, music, multi media shows, dance performances, art installations and exhibitions as well as for numerous architectural lighting schemes. She has received excellent reviews and awards for her work in Greece and worldwide.

Maia Morgenstern, Best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film.”


Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter and actor, who is part of the Pink Floyd history as the only vocalist to appear consistently in all of their shows from November 1987. She is a member of the house music band Blue Pearl, best known for their hit single "Naked in the Rain". She performed as an actress in the movies "Flashdance," "The Rosebud Beach Hotel," the episode "Lullabye" of the TV show Hunter.

Kimberley Kates, Award winning producer, actor, CEO and founder of “Big Screen Entertainment Group.” Acting credits include "Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,"  "Papillon (I)," "Forget About It," "Mosquito-Man" and more.

Dr. Daniele Struppa,  An internationally known mathematician, the Donald Bren Presidential Chair in Mathematics, and the President of Chapman University. Author of more than 10 books and 200 publications, including one that receive the 2016 Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Struppa is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


Asteris Koutoulas, Author, Filmmaker, Producer and an events-industry veteran. Producer of about 40 mega events directed by Gert Hof between 1999 and 2010 that have had an aggregate live audience exceeding 20 million people and worldwide media contacts counting several billions. Producer of hundreds of concerts as well as opera and ballet performances in dozens of countries worldwide. Cooperation with many of leading performing artists such Mikis Theodorakis the Scorpions, Mike Oldfield, Maria Farantouri, Roger Waters, Milva, Buena Vista Social Club, George Dalaras, etc.


Apollo Dukakis, Co-founder, Associate Artistic Director, along with his sister Olympia Dukakis, at "The Whole Theatre", New Jersey. Has a long career in theater and he  has appeared in many TV series like "ER", "Last Action Hero," "Seinfeld and "LA Law."


Anthoula Katsimatides, A successful actor, producer, writer, host. Executive Producer for the documentary “Olympia.” Credits include: "Kazantzakis," "The Wizard of Lies," "Our Souls at Night," "The Family" and more.


Marisol Padilla Sanchez, A well known Mexican-American actor. She is best known for her roles in the films "L. A. Confidential," "Traffic," "The End of Violence" and more.

Elie Karam,  A Lebanese-Canadian Artistic Director, Playwright and Theater Director. His career has spanned over 20 years writing and directing for the theater in Montreal, London, New York, Paris, Beirut and Saudi Arabia. His plays are described as “visually-poignant modern tragedies”. Tell Me About The War, a dark family tale (Actes Sud, France)- earned him prestigious awards. He currently serves as founding Artistic Director of ITHRA Theater in Saudi Arabia.

Angelo Tsarouhas, A Greek/Canadian comedian, actor and writer. He has appeared on hit TV shows such as “Mad Men,” “Sullivan and Son,” and “Blue Mountain State.” He headlines worldwide and has been touring with Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show.”


Spyros Bibilas, The Greek Actors Union President, and actor with a long and successful career, in theater, TV and film. He was the voice for many animation heroes like "Bugs Bunny," "Kermit," the "Smurfs," "Tweety" and more.

Anthony Skordi, A popular British screen, stage and voice actor with Cypriot roots. He works both in U.S and Europe and credits include: "Stage Mother," "Criminal Minds," "Catch-22," "The Last Ship" and "Star Wars Battlefront II."


Daphne Alexander, A successful Cypriot/British actor. She recently starred in the award winning film “Siege of Liberty Street” and other credits include, "Born to be Murdered," "The Fourth Kind," "Ghost Writer."

Julia Thurnau, A successful French-German actor and artist. She first appeared in the film "After Five in the Forest Primeval" with Franka Potente. Also known for "Tatort," "Max Manus: Man of War," "In the Last Moment" and more.

Evelina Papoulia, A famous Greek actor, dancer and singer with a long career in Theater, TV and Film. She studied at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and acting at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Credits include “Dyo Xenoi,” “West Side Story,” “First Time Godfather,” “Brides,” “Bonus,” and more.

Dimitris Tarlow,  An award winning actor, director with a long and successful history in the Greek Theater world. He is the founder and Artistic Director of "Poreia” Theater, one of the most well known, historical theaters of Athens. Credits include: "Adults in the Room," "Beast on the Moon," "Three Sisters," "Giougkerman," "Blasted" and more.


Tasos Nousias, A well known Greek actor with leading roles in Theater, Film and TV. Credits include "Roza of Smyrna," "Eteros Ego," "Exapsi," "The Island," "Truants," "Between Black and White" and more.


Fotini Baxevani, An award winning Greek actor, director and theater music composer. Credits include, "The Lady of Ro," "Ourania," "Zaketa na Pareis," "Prime Numbers," "Loxandra," etc.


Christos Vasilopoulos, LA based, Greek well known actor. He is best known for "Banshee," "The Last Ship," "Blindspot," "Caged No More" etc.


Kerasia Samara, An acclaimed Greek actor, director, writer and singer. Credits include the "Bicycle License," "Hecuba," "Ifigenia in Tauride," "Kafe tis Haras."

Maria Tsarouha, An actor, performer, director and educator. Founder of the P.A.D. method and author of the Amazon’s best seller book “SupraConscious—The Genius within You“.


Dorotea Mercuri, A successful actor, model and a cover girl since the 90s. She is also an accomplished vocalist and recording artist. Credits include: "Fishtales," "The Attack of the Giant Mousaka," "O Thisavros" and "Lisa and all the Others."


Katerina Moutsatsos, Actor, filmmaker, owner of Underground Studios in Los Angeles. Known for over 40 works in Greece, Turkey, France, and the USA - including "The Hangover," "Loverly," "Patriotism and the ‘Modern World," "Borders of Love," etc.


Anna Rezan, International persona of Greek Jewish origin. A famed actor, fashion model, musician, and filmmaker. Known from various films, TV and stage productions. Her directorial debut, that's coming soon, is the documentary “My People: The Jews of Greece” produced by her and two Academy Award winners. 


Pantelis Kodogiannis, An actor and writer best known for "Promakhos," "Celebrating Life," "The First Line" and "Sensation." He is the co-writer for the documentary “My People: The Jews of Greece.”

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 Theatron of the Americas offers a complimentary Masterclass on Script Analysis.
Actors Studio Lifetime Member and a Member of the Board of Directors,
Andreas Manolikakis, gives a special session on Script Analysis

*Participants should read "Electra" by Sophocles 


In this Master Class we will examine the role of script analysis in our work as actors, directors, playwrights, translators, designers, dramaturges, theater professors, and critics.

Script Analysis is the basis of our work. It deals with everything that happens in the play at every moment.

Through this deep analysis we are able to understand the moment to moment reality, progression, and development of each aspect of the story and the characters. The process must awaken the imagination, sensitivity, logic, personal associations; it should stimulate our creativity and help us make the most dramatic choices.

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Andreas Manolikakis

                                           A Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the                                               Actors Studio. He is former Chair (2006- June 2020) of the Actors                                                 Studio Drama School (Master of Fine Arts) Program at Pace                                                             University in New York City, where he is a Professor of Acting and                                               Directing as well as Director of Directing Department. He has been                                               a member of the acting and directing faculty at the Actors Studio                                                 Drama School since 1995.

                                           He has taught master classes and workshops in Acting, Directing,                                                 and Script Analysis and lectured on The Development of the                                                         Method, Stanislavski & Vakhtangov, The Actors Studio, and Method                                             Acting & Directing at the Actors Studio, International Theater                                                       Festivals, National Drama and Film Schools, Universities,                                                                 Conservatories in the U.S.A. and Europe.

As a director and as an actor, he has worked in the United States and Europe.

Among his directing highlights are: Porte Close, by N. Darmon, at the National Theatre of East Paris; Elektra, by Sophocles, at the Actors Studio; Liliom, by F. Molnar, in Athens.

Among his acting highlights is: On Broadway opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in Hugh Whitemore’s Breaking the Code.

He directed and acted in numerous plays from the Greek and international repertoire for the New Hellenic Stage of New York, which he founded in 1983.

He is also the author of The Classmates, a 13-episode television series produced by the National Greek Television ET3.

He has translated into Greek and published in Athens in 1997 Nikolai Gorchakov’s Russian classic The Vakhtangov School of Stage Art, which became a required text for the Theater Department of the National University of Athens.

He holds a BA in acting from the Greek Art Theatre Drama School in Athens, founded by Karolos Koun, and a MAITRISE DE THEATRE from the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes. He also studied with Marcel Marceau at his International School of Mime in Paris.

*Ellen Burstyn (President of the Actors Studio, Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning actress) has said for Andreas Manolikakis: “Andreas Manolikakis understands the work of Stanislavsky and Vakhtangov better than any teacher or interpreter since Lee Strasberg was teaching at the Actors Studio.”

*Arthur Penn, former President of the Actors Studio, Tony-winning and three times Oscar award nominee: “Andreas Manolikakis is one of the most insightful and gifted members of the Actors Studio

THEATRON is proud to present along with the

Consulate General of Greece in Chicago

this unique online event on Greek Poetry.

July 10, 2021

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Famous Actors and Distinguished Guests Greek Poetry readings

Watch on Youtube:

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Theatron of the Americas expresses its deep gratitude to all the amazing actors and guests

who participated and shared their incredible talent: Thaao Penghlis, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, 

Spyros Bibilas, Leonidas Kakouris, Eleftheria Deko, Evelina Papoulia, Fotini Baxevani, 

Kerasia Samara, Anthony Skordi, Argyro Loupi, Christos Vassilopoulos, Marcella Giannatou, 

Ifigenia Karamitrou, Pantelis Kodogiannis, Zaharias Rohas, Yulie Archontaki.

Special thanks to the Greek Consulate in Chicago,

Ambassador Ekaterina Dimakis, Consulate General of Greece in Chicago.

Theatron’s Artistic Director, Socrates Alafouzos, Poetry and Event Curator and Editor of  accompanying video.

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