GET TO KNOW US!

Founded in 2018, TooFarEast is a company based in Athens, which has organized more than 20 performances in theatres, cultural centres and organisations around Greece, such as the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Eleusis 2021 – European Capital of Culture, Onassis Stegi, Public Regional Theatres of Serres and Veria and others, and proudly collaborated with various artists from Greece and abroad. Lately, we have been on fire, working on unique ways to empower the contemporary performing arts. We are a team of four, looking for and channelling ideas around the world, by working on international projects, establishing long lasting relationships and touring great art.

WE BELIEVE

That through art we can advocate equality and the well-being of marginalised social groups. We are proud to have staged “Medea in Drag”, the first drag show ever presented on an archaeological site in Greece.
That through art we can broaden our minds and expand the existing learning methods. Part of our well rounded interests includes educational performances such as “Troy”, that ran for a year at high schools all around Athens.
That through art we can achieve social inclusion, shape our identity and our vision for the future. Together with Eleusis 2021, Olivier Grossetete and the citizens of Eleusina, we build the participatory ephemeral monument of Kronos for reimagining the city’s landmarks and their future.

OUR TEAM

NIKOS MAVRAKIS

Nikos Mavrakis completed his degree in Theatre Studies at the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as well as Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University in Paris. In 2018, he got his “MA in Events and Experience Management” at Goldsmiths University of London, a programme which is focused on transforming an event to a unique experience for the spectators, by engaging them in a holistic way. Since 2014, he has been working on cultural management, supporting Greek directors with their local and international activity. He is the production manager of the much esteemed director & choreographer Euripides Laskaridis, having organised performances in Brussels, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York as well as Onassis Stegi in Athens. He has undertaken productions of Eleusis 2021 – European Capital of Culture. Specifically: Participatory Ephemeral Monument, by Olivier Grossetete – a monumental construction being built and demolished by the citizens of the city over the course of a day, a project that has taken place in various city squares around the world. He also participated actively at the performance “History History History” of Hungarian-Canadian Deborah Pearson and “Un Autre Mystere” by the French choreographer Julie Desprairies, who specializes in dance performances in public space. In October 2015 he was the production manager at the 24h performance “Mount Olympus” of the world renowned director, Jan Fabre, at Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall. An extremely demanding production which runs for 24 hours non-stop with 29 performers on stage. He has repeatedly worked on municipal festivals, as a production coordinator in the international festival of Dimitria and on 2017, along with the honorary professor Apostolos Vettas and the mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, during the organisation of the municipal Christmas Festival, “Christmas for All” where 130 festive street activities took place. He attended the training programme of edification for festival managers, organized by the Festival Academy and European Festivals Association. Furthermore, he has participated in the summer academy of the International network IETM regarding the development of international networks for co-producers and innovative ways of creating international cooperation. Driven by the idea of the globalisation of the performative arts, he has attended a six day workshop run by the internationally known manager Iva Horvat, during Athens and Epidaurus festival. In 2018 he founded TooFarEast Productions, a company based in Athens, which has been active for almost two years now, organising more than 20 performances in important theatres and cultural centres and organisations around Greece, such as the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Onassis Stegi, Public Regional Theatres of Serres and Veria and others. On 2019 he has undertaken a collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, a series of performative readings of ancient dramas at archaeological sites, with the complicity of vulnerable social groups (ROMA women, LGBTQI+ community, refugees, recipients of mental health services etc), an idea developed by the professor Philippos Oreopoulos and directed by Korina Vasiliadou and Themis Theocharoglou. Since 2014 and to this day he is the co-founder and operator of OMAZ, a platform that supports voluntarily artistic groups/companies that lack the means to present their work by themselves.

CHRISTOS CHRISTOPOULOS

Christos is a production manager based in Athens, Greece. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MSc in International Event & Festival Management from the Edinburgh Napier University. In 2019, Christos took part in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers organised by the Festival Academy, an initiative of the European Festivals Association. He has attended the seminar on Event Safety & Security by EventScotland, Scotland’s national agency for events. His education is completed by a series of seminars and workshops around arts and cultural management by the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Bocconi University, MoMa, etc. From 2014 to 2019, he worked as an assistant director of the renowned artist Lena Kitsopoulou presenting projects at Onassis Stegi, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Art Theatre – Karolos Koun, Dimitria Festival, Onassis Cultural Center NY, Public Theater, Théâtre de Vidy, Théâtre St-Gervais etc. From 2019 to 2020, he was a member of the artistic team of Eleusis 2021 – European Capital of Culture focusing on the contemporary performing arts. During his collaboration with Eleusis 2021, he undertook the coordination of a series of artistic projects with established and emerging artists as well as the coordination of Synikismos Festival in 2019. Currently, Christos is working at TooFarEast as a Creative Producer.

KONSTANTINA DOUKA GKOSI

Konstantina studied theatre at the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Bachelor & Integrated Master), with a major in dramatology and dramaturgy. She has also attended three online courses about project management: “Initiating & Planning Projects”, “Budgeting and Scheduling Projects” and “Managing Project Risks and Changes” from the University of California, Irvine (2020). In 2019, she participated as a speaker at the two-day scientific conference “Dimitris Bogris: the writer of the sea in the Greek Theatre”, with her paper about the marginalisation in Bogris’ plays. Currently, she is in the last semester of the Postgraduate Study Programme of “Greek & World Theatre: Drama, Performance, Education”, with a major in drama and performance, at the Department of Theatre Studies of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 2016, Konstantina has been working as a dramaturg in various performances in Greece, as in Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, Patra, etc., as well as in many festivals such as Off-Off Athens (2017), Bob Theatre Festival (2017), Open Stage_City’s Voices Festival (2019) and others. She has also worked as a light designer and light technician in performances at theatres Aneton, Amalia, Epi Kolono, Avlaia, Taf Theatre, and others. Since 2018, Konstantina has been working at TooFarEast as a Project Developer.

STERGIANA TZEGKA

Stergiana studied theatre at the School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Bachelor & Integrated Master), with a major in acting. For the past three years, she has been studying verse and songwriting. Since 2009, Stergiana has been working as an actress in various plays in Thessaloniki and Athens, in theatres such as Avlaia Theatre, Art Theatre – Karolos Koun, Stathmos Theatre and more. Since 2013, she has worked as an assistant director of Damianos Konstantinidis, and she is a member and performer of the Angelus Novus Theatre Group. In 2015, she moved to Spain and worked as a stage manager in the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona and as a light technician in numerous ballet performances, musical and theatre productions. Since 2017, Stergiana is based in Athens and teaches Spanish. She has worked in Horizon Travel, developing tailor-made corporate programs for the Spanish and Latin American Department of the company. In 2019, she co-created “Between the Platforms”, a photography and video team, in which she is the Art Director. Since November of 2019, Stergiana has been working in TooFarEast as a Production Supervisor.