I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. In 2010 I earned a Schilizzi Foundation Scholarship to study Classics at King’s College London. I graduated in 2013 and continued with postgraduate studies in theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During that time I directed, wrote, acted and assisted in numerous student productions, taking part in the KCL Greek Play and the Camden Fringe, among others.
My professional directorial debut came in April 2016 with a staging of my play My Death Etc. for the Experimental Stage of the National Theatre of Greece. In 2016 and 2017 I represented the National Theatre of Greece internationally under the aegis of UTE (Union des Théâtres de l'Europe) with my plays My Death Etc. and M.A.Z.I. respectively. I have directed (and translated) plays by Greek and foreign playwrights, some in their Greek premieres. My work is often concerned with the boundaries of the real and the individual’s relationship to language and tradition. In 2022 I wrote and directed my first short film, By Heart, adapted from Dimitris Dimitriadis’s play Procédures de règlement des différends.
I am trained in the acting method of Theodoros Terzopoulos, and have attended seminars with Thomas Ostermeier, Ian Rickson, Patrick Marber, and Lyndsey Turner (to name a few). Between 2016 and 2019 I worked for Rimini Protokoll and the Onassis Foundation on major international projects (Staat 1-4, win> < win, Bubble Jam, Clean City). I have also taught theatre at school and I am a co-founder and regular columnist of the bilingual ACT II magazine.
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L-R: Matina, Andreas, Leonidas, Ektoras, Nikos, Karol. ©2018 Karol Jarek