Panel discussion on «Translating & Directing Ancient Greek Drama today, Focused on Antigone»
Coordinator: Professor Gad Kaynar-Kissinger
Participants:
Leandros Polenakis, author, translator, theatre critic, President of the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music;
Smaro Kotsia, theatre critic, Member of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, Executive Director of the «Analogio» International Institute;
and the directors and the participants of the «Relocating Antigone» tryout workshops.

Directors: Matthias Gehrt, Yagil Eliraz, Giorgos Zamboulakis.
Actors: Spiros Andreas-Papadatos, Larisa Vergou / Workshop Matthias Gehrt
Menelaos Kyparissis, Daphne Skroumbelou / Workshop Yagil Eliraz
Symeon Kostakoglou, Maria Manda, Konstantina Scandali, Dimitris Charalambopoulos, Irene Chourmouzi, Evi Chroni / Workshop Giorgos Zamboulakis, with the title ANTIGONEmachine 
(a chorus version).


Leandros POLENAKIS
Theatre critic, writer, translator. Born in Athens, he studied at the Law School of the University of Athens and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and has a PhD from the Mass Media & Cultural Management Dept of Panteion University in Athens. He writes the theatrical review column in «Avgi» newspaper since 1978. He has translated classical and contemporary writers from English, French, Spanish and Russian, as well as ancient Greek texts. 
He has collaborated with major scientific and literary periodicals and has published ten volumes of poetry, prose, essays and theatre reviews. He has taught at the Theatre Studies Dept of the University of Patra and teaches at Drama Schools. 
In ANALOGIO 2012 he participated in Stamatis Polenakis’ play «Distant Unknown Land», commissioned by ANALOGIO and directed by Sissy Papathanassiou and in ANALOGIO 2017 he participated in the presentation of the book on «Contemporary Slovakian Dramaturgy» at the Zappeion Hall. He has written several reviews and theoretical texts for ANALOGIO.

Smaro KOTSIA
Dramatologist, theatre critic. Member of the Hellenic International Association of Theatre Critics (H. I.A.T.C.), member of «Panhellenic Scientific Dramatologists Association», Executive Director of Analogio Festival and member of the «Hellenic Theatre Drama and Education Network». She has collaborated as assistant director and dramaturg with the State Theatre of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki and the National Theatre in Athens, as well as with other theatre groups. She writes theatre reviews.