The soprano Gina Fotinopoulou sings for us

The soprano Gina Fotinopoulou sings for us

The soprano Gina Fotinopoulou, accompanied by the pianist Dimitris Yakas, will perform four different musical pieces inspired by Shakespeare, in a recording prepared especially for the participants of the ESRA 2021 conference.


Gina Fotinopoulou studied classical music at the Athenian Conservatory in Greece, supervised by the well-known Greek mezzo soprano Kiki Morfoniou, and obtained a diploma in classical singing with distinction.
She continued her music studies at the Middlesex University in London and graduated with a BA with honors in performing arts (music, drama and dance) specializing in musical theatre and jazz.
She has collaborated with several symphonic Orchestras and smaller ensembles, performing at the National Opera of Greece, the Herodion, the theatre of Epidaurus, the Concert Hall of Athens, the Concert Hall of Thessalonica, the Kennedy Centre in Washington as well as many other theatres and concert halls.
In May 2004 she sang the Special Olympic anthem during the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic Games. In 2006 she performed in the closing ceremony of the International Movie Festival in Thessalonica and in 2013 she had the leading role for the Revival of the first Olympic Games that took place in the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaron).
Since 2002 she has performed the leading part in several productions of the National Opera of Greece, the Concert Hall of Athens (Megaron) and the Greek Festival. In May 2008 she founded a cultural center in Athens and the youth choir “Evmelia”.
In addition to her music studies Gina Fotinopoulou has also studied Greek philology (literature, poetry, linguistics) at the University of Athens and obtained a BA in Medieval and Neohellenic Studies.


Dimitris Yakas was born in Athens.
He studied piano at the National Conservatory in Athens, from where he graduated in 1977. He continued his education at the École Normale de Musique de Paris (piano, chamber music and piano coaching [formation de chef de chant]) and took lessons in vocal accompaniment with Dalton Baldwin.
In 1982 he took up a position as coach at the Paris Opera, where he remained until 1991. He worked many times as coach at the Opéra de Lyon at the invitation of Kent Nagano.
In 1991 he settled in Athens and became one of the principal collaborators of the Greek National Opera and the Megaron (The Athens Concert Hall). He has coached the singers for the world premieres of many operas written by Greek composers (M. Theodorakis, Th. Mikroutsikos, A. Kounadis and others) and has played for Master classes of J. Pilou, Ch. Ludwig, D. Evangelatos, Anna Tomowa–Sintow, Alison Pearce and others.
He regulary gives concerts as an accompanist in Greece and abroad (with M. Krilovic, J.Pilou, A.Baltsa, D. Evangelatos, D. Kavrakos, El. Vidal, A. Cognet, D. Theodossiou, S.Theodoridou and others).

Recording: Kostas Katsantonis (sound), Konstantinos Vassiliou (video and editing).

The director Georgina Kakoudaki talks about her Dream

The director Georgina Kakoudaki talks about her Dream

 The director Georgina Kakoudaki will talk about her production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for adolescent audiences.



Short Bio

Georgina Kakoudaki is a graduate of the Theatre Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Since 2009 she has specialised as a director in professional theatre performances for adolescent and young audiences, presented in theatre venues as well as secondary schools. These productions include Αristophanes’s The Birds, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Goethe’s Faust, Sophocles’s Antigone, Aristophanes’s The Clouds, Euripides’s Helen.
She has also organised site-specific walks and performances in Greece (at the ancient cemetery of Keramikos in Athens, the Cultural Centre of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Municipal Theatre of Corfu and elsewhere) as well as abroad (at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts).
Since 1994 she has collaborated as a dramaturg in dance and theatre productions with artists such as SineQuaNon dance co. (France), Siamese Twins dance co. (Belgium), Greek dance companies such as Patricia Apergi / Aerites dance co., Apostolia Papadamaki / Quasi Stellar co., Mariela Nestora / Yelp dance co., as well as theatre directors Thanos Papakonstantinou, Barbara Dukas, Giannis Kakleas, Dimitris Karantzas, Katerina Giannopoulou, 4Frontal theatre group etc.
She has worked as a visiting instructor in theatre pedagogics at the Theatre Departments of the Universities of Patras and Nafplion, as well as the Departments of Early Childhood Education of the Universities of Athens and Volos.
Since 1993 she has taught drama and theatre education in primary schools, the Athens Art High School and professional drama schools, as well as in a series of workshops for the “Net for the Theatre in Education” in Greece. She is also author of books on theatre and education.
She has worked as chief librarian at the achive of the National Theatre of Greece (1997-2004) and has also worked in educational programmes of the National Theatre.
From 2016 to 2019 she was co-curator of educational programmes at the Festival of Athens and Epidaurus and Artistic Director of “Epidaurus Lyceum”, an international summer school on ancient drama.


Τhe Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Northern Greece granted us access to three recent Shakespearean productions

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to announce that the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Northern Greece granted us access to three recent Shakespearean productions, namely:

  • The Winter’s Tale, dir. Silviu Purcărete (2018)
  • The Taming of the Shrew, dir. Robert Sturua (2011)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, dir, Peris Michailidis (2006).

The productions will only be available during the Conference.

The link to vimeo and the access code will be sent to you by e-mail

Alexandros Cohen talks about his Shakespearean productions

The theatre director Alexandros Cohen will share with us his views on Shakespeare and will present his three Shakespearean productions, namely Much Ado about Nothing (2011), Timon of Athens (2014) and Cymbeline (2016), in a recording prepared especially for the ESRA Conference 2021.


Short Bio

Alexandros Cohen has studied theatre in London (MA in Theatre Directing, Middlesex University), Moscow (postgraduate courses on Theatre Directing, GITIS) and Greece (“Iasmos” School of Dramatic Art).
As a director he has collaborated with the Municipal Theatres of Piraeus and Agrinio, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, as well as several well-known Athenian theatres (Alma, Alpha, Altera Pars, Argo, Athinon, Chytirio, Dimitris Horn, Epi Kolono, Exarchion, Simio, Synchrono, Veaki, Vretania and others).
Apart from Shakespeare, he has staged plays by Carlo Goldoni, Friedrich Schiller, Gerhart Hauptmann, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Henrik Ibsen, Maxim Gorki, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, John Priestley, John Osborne, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and others.
He has also translated plays by Shakespeare as well as Richard Brinsley Sheridan, John Priestley, John Osborne, Peter Shaffer, Martin McDonagh, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Arthur Schnitzler, Bertolt Brecht and others.
He teaches at the “Iasmos” School of Dramatic Art, where he is also Artistic Director.
He is also Artistic Director of “Hyperion” Theatrical Enterprises, which he founded in 2010.

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