Stratis Panourios was born in Lesvos Greece. He is a theater and cinema director, writer and actor. He studied theatrical directing at the Greek National Theater and film directing at the “New York College” in Athens, playwriting at the Greek Playwrights Company (E.E.TH.S) and acting at the “Drama School of the National Theater”.
In his role as director, he has worked at the National Theater, the Cyprus Theater Organization, the Municipal Regional Theater of Patras, Agrinio and Corfu Greece, and he has also directed plays in Athens, Lesvos and Italy. His theatrical plays have been performed in Greece and Cyprus. He is a member of the International Theater Institute and an associate of the Swedish Institute of Athens. He is also a founding member of the Cultural Organization “Kochili”.
This last year, he has been collaborating with the Benaki Museum and the National Theater on a pioneering project that challenges Greek cultural norms with the participation of actors and the Museum’s curators. It is a research program entitled “From the Silence of the Display Case to Living Theatrical Voices”; a different museum tour where actors will bring texts to life, casting light on aspects of history that are given voice by pieces in the display cases.
Since January 2016, he has been collaborating with the Korydallos prisons, the National Theater, Ministry Of Justice Transparency and Human Rights and the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals (KETHEA), launching the 1st Theater Workshop inside the prisons.
At the same time, Stratis is an acting and directing instructor and has introduced his own methods, such as: “Player of the Moment” and “Directing the Miraculous”.
New York College – Film Studies
Under the direction of Dimitris Panagiotatos
Teachers: Pantelis Voulgaris, Efthymis Hatzis, Vicky Chasandra, Katerina Maragoudaki Sophia Kyriakou, Evangelos Antonopoulos, George Mavropsaridis, Electra Venaki, Voula Georgakaki, Eva Stefani
Under the direction of Stathis Livathinos
Teachers: Stathis Livathinos, Slobodan Ounkofski, Irina Promptova, Andrey Stsoukin, Dimitris Imellos, Tamilla Koulieva, Theodor Abazis, Mariela Nestora
Ancient Drama Workshop
Of the School graduates of the National Theatre
Under the direction of Giangos Andreadis
1990 – 1993
Drama School of National Theatre
Under the direction of Tasos Roussos
Teachers: Mary Aroni, Nikos Tzogias, Maria Skountzou, George Michailidis, James Psaras, Lydia Koniordou, Mary Chatziargyri, Kostas Kastanas, Maria Hors, Papaconstantinou Nikos, Helen Georgiadou, Stefanos Vassiliadis, Olympia Kyriakaki, Christopher Bouboukis and Chrisoula Tsardi
Theatre Works Writing
Workshop Young Greek Playwrights of E.E.TH.S
Under the direction of Stratis Karras
Teachers: Vasilis Andreopoulos, George Dialegmenos, Nikos Zakopoulos, Melpo Zarokosta, James Campanellis, Stratis Karras, Thanos Kotsopoulos, Pavlos Matesis, Michael Meraklis, Lakis Michailidis, Georgios Babiniotis, Marina Lambraki-Plaka, George Pontikas, Maria Lampadaridou-Pothou, Andreas Panagopoulos, Tasos Roussos
2015: First Prize of theater performance Live Love Ride in Suitcase Theatre Festival.
2008: Third Prize at the NATIONAL COMPETITION ACT-PLAY organized by the International Translation Center of Rhodes and the Rhodes Municipal Theatre with the one-act play “Il Silenzio”
2006: First Prize of Playwriting in the 2nd Playwriting Competition of Aegean writers organized from Homeric Cultural Centre of Chios Municipality, with the play for children “Arion”
1991: First Prize in poetry in National Competition of Literature Review magazine with the poem “Hey! Love”