Lena Kitsopoulou

Lena Kitsopoulou was born and lives in Athens. She graduated from the Karolos Koun Drama School in 1994. As an actor she has worked with the National Theatre, the Art Theatre, the Κ.Θ.Β.Ε, New Stage, Theater of the Notos, among others, performing in classical and contemporary works. She has also appeared in films and won the Lead Actress Prize at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1997. In 2006 she published the first collection of short stories with the title Bats (debut author award DIAVAZO). Since then she published two more collections, Great Roads and Fisheye, as well as the novella M.A.I.R.O.Y.L.A.


She has written many plays, as well as screenplays, many of which she has directed. Recently, she directed and acted in her play The Pointlessness of Living, at the Art Theatre. She also directed her work Red Riding Hood: First Blood at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. Kitsopoulou participated in the Athens Festival, directing the work Blood Wedding by Lorca (2014), and her own work Athanasios Diakos: the Return (Playwriting Prize at Heidelberger Stueckemarkt, 2012). Her works and short stories have been translated into Spanish, English, German, and Polish, and produced by theater companies in Greece and abroad. This year she will direct Edda Gabler by Ibsen at the Oberhausen Theater in Germany. For the past ten years she has been singing rebetika and folk songs in taverns and music festivals in Athens and Santorini.