Marilena Katranidou studied theatre at School of Drama, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a major in direction and acting. She was a co-teacher with the artist Yorgos Sapoutzis at Salzburg International Summer Academy, for the course
“Scenography as a place of longing”, in 2019.
As a director, she has presented numerous plays in Greece and abroad, such as: “The soldier’s tale”(Koufonisia Classical Music Festival 2020) “Mommy, Mother, Mom” (Thessaloniki 2019), “First Gravedigger: who builds stronger than the builder, the shipbuilder and the carpenter?” (“Performance Rooms 2020”, St. George Lycabettus Hotel, Athens), “It does happen sometimes. The case of the bald soprano”(“Fast Forward Festival”, National Theatre of Dresden, Germany 2017), “The woman who was trained in Swimming” (Eksarcheia, Athens, 2017), “The stars won’t come out tonight” (Studio Pellizco, Thessaloniki, 2016), “Occupy Goethe” (a performance for the celebration of the 60 years since the establishment of the Goethe-Institut in Thessaloniki) and more. She has repeatedly collaborated with distinguished directors, like Yannis Leontaris(“The Elephant”, National Theatre of Northern Greece 2019, “Ariagni”, Art Theatre Karolos Koun,2018), Michael Marmarinos (“Εlectra” Shanghai Majestic Theatre, 2018-2019, “Empire (I have your data)”, Faye of the Concert Hall of Thessaloniki 2018), Influx Artist Collective and Prodromos Tsinikoris (“Firing range (The wild ducks)” Experimental Stage of the National Theatre and guest performance in the Skien International Ibsen Conference (Norway), 2016-2017) as an assistant director.
She has also attended various seminars and workshops related to theatre, dance, choreography and dramaturgy, with Greek and international artists in Greece, Hungary, Switzerland and more.