Artistic Director

Elli Papakonstantinou

Elli Papakonstantinou: Theater director, founder & artistic director of Art Centre“VYRSODEPSEIO”, co-founder & artistic director of company “ODC ENSEMBLE” 

Elli Papakonstantinou is a Greek theatre director (born in Athens, in 1973). After studying at the Greek National School of Arts (1992 – 1996), she moved in the UK in order to continue her studies on playwriting and directing (credited an MA at the Royal Holloway, University of London, 1997).  
She spent many years in London (working at The Royal Court, The Edinburgh Festival and the West End) then Athens and Berlin.  She creates hybrid art that questions traditional expectations of audience participation and exploring audience as an active entity.
In 2011 Elli and ODC founded the Art Centre “VYRSODEPSEIO”, an independent space for the Arts and an independent network of artists and activists. “VYRSODEPSEIO” is an experiment on “how to produce art in the times of crisis”. It is a platform for avant-garde art and international networking. (Full-member of the Trans Europe Halle Network and of the IETM). 
In 2001, Elli founded the artistic company ODC Ensemble. She has conceived and directed all of the company's performances.
As a freelance director she collaborated with the National Theatre of Greece, the Royal Court theatre, London, the LaMaMa, New York, the Onassis Foundation (SGT), the National Theatre of Cyprus, the International Institute of Theatre, iTi., The Hellenic Festival of Athens, the Princeton University, etc. Her work has been presented   at   several   international   festivals   including   the   Edinburgh   Festival (1st Fringe Award), the   XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, the International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo, the Inauguration Ceremony of the Biblioteca Alexandrina, the 1st International Theatre Festival of Iraq etc.
In 2004 she spent Spring at the Sound Lab and Advanced Media Department, Princeton University with a Fulbright Artist’s Award.