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Lydia Koniordou

Lydia Koniordou was born in Athens. She studied English Literature at the University of Athens from 1971 to 1974, and German, Music, Theory and Instruments, Byzantine Music, Classical Song and Kinesiology from 1971 to 1990. In 1977, she graduated from the Drama School of the National Theatre.

She worked with 'Desmi' in Electra and Antigone (1975-76), while at the same time she was a founder member of the 'Theatre of Spring' (1977). Subsequently, she acted with the National Theatre in works by Ionesco, Plautus, and Romas, as well as playing Antigone in the Phoenician Women of Euripides, directed by Alexis Minotis (1977-78).

From 1978 to 1987 she was a permanent mmber of the Art Theatre of Carolos Koun and played leading roles in works from the Greek and non-Greek repertoire, directed by Carolos Koun, Yorgos Lazanis and Mimis Kouyioumtzis. She also played the Coryphaea of the Chorus in many works of ancient drama, as well as the roles of Athena in the Eumenides and Clytemenestra in the Electra of Sophocles and in the Agamemnon of Aeschylus.

From 1987 to 1991, Lydia Koniordou worked with the 'Nea Skini' of Lefteris Voyiatzis in Uncle Vania by Chekhov (Sonia), and Ritter, Dene, Voss by Thomas Bernhard (Dene). At the same period, she appeared with the Thessalian Theatre in festivals throughout Greece, at Merida in Spain and in Antwerp in the Electra and Iphigenia in Tauris of Euripides and the Libation-Bearers of Aeschylus.

In 1992, she was awarded the Koun Prize for her services to tragedy.

In 1994, she played the leading role in Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo, directed by Vasilis Nikolaïdis and, in 1995, the role of Geese in Freedom in Bremen by R.W. Fasbinder, directed by Dimitris Ikonomou. In 1998, she directed the Electra of Sophocles for the National Theatre, in which she also played the leading role. In 1998, she played in Murderess, taken from the short story of the same title by Alexandros Papadiamantis, directed by Sotiris Hatzakis, in 2000, in Yerma by Frederico García Lorca, directed by Costas Tsianos, and in 2001, in the Oresteia, directed by Yannis Kokkos, as well as in two National Theatre productions.

Apart from acting, Lydia Koniordou has also worked as a director: she directed and acted in Emma B. Vedova Giocasta by Alberto Savinio (1986), the Fasoulides by Lorca (Municipal Regional Theatre, Larisa, 1991), Eliza by Xenia Kaloyeropoulou (Municipal Regional Theatre, Patras, 1991), and an adaptation of the work Cassandra by C. Wolf at the University of New York. From 1993 to 1996, she was Director of the Municipal Regional Theatre of Volos, where she directed Sound of the Weapon by Loula Anagnostaki, the revue Kou-Kou-Cha by Sophia Philippidou, and the Alcestis of Euripides.

She has taught acting in private schools and the Drama School of the National Theatre, as well as in the Department of Theatre of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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