Dimitris Karantzas

While he was studying to become an actor, Dimitris Karantzas wrote his first play, Snowmouth, which he then was tasked with directing. At 19 he thus discovered both a new trade and an entire world, and started building a core of people with whom he would keep working from then on. A lover of the classics, he directed Chekov's Ivanov and Uncle Vanya, as well as Ibsen's Little Eyolf, while writing another play, A Sitting Woman. In 2013, he directs one of the major plays of contemporary Greek writer Dimitris Dimitriadis, The Circle of the Square, a play produced by the Onassis Cultural Centre, which opened in Athens last October, at the Centre's main stage. Dimitris Karantzas's work is characterised by the extreme attention he pays to dramaturgy. This year he is directing Pirandello's Right You Are (If You Think So) at the National Theatre of Greece in Athens as well as Euripides's Helen for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

LM, April 2014

Portrait of Dimitris Karantzas © portrait photo Marios Valassopoulos