Anestis Azas

Anestis Azas was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied directing at the School of Drama at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin. He worked with Dimiter Gotscheff on The Persians of Aeschylus (Epidaurus 2009) and with Rimini Protokoll on Prometheus in Athens (Herod's Odeon Athens 2010) as an assistant director and translator. He has been directing productions in Greece since 2008, both at state theaters (National Theater, Athens Festival, State Theater of Northern Greece) and on several stages in the Athens independent scene. His directorial work includes classics and authors of the modern era (Aeschylus, Koltes, Heiner Müller) as well as plays by younger writers (Manolis Tsipos, Anja Hilling) and theater projects in development. In 2011, he was invited to the International Forum of Theatertreffen in Berlin and was nominated for the Greek Young Directors Award, "Karolos Koun". In cooperation with Prodromos Tsinikoris, he has created, among others, the documentary productions A Rail Journey, a play about the dismantling of the Greek railway (Athens 2011) and Telemachos - Should I stay or should I go, a scenic confrontation of two generations of Greek immigrants in Germany (Berlin, Ballhaus Naunynstasse/Athens, Onassis Cultural Centre Theater 2013). Telemachos was invited to the Heidelberg Stückemarkt and the festival for young European directors, Premières, in Karlsruhe. He has been the artistic director of the Experimental Stage -1 of the National Theater in Athens since October 2015, together with Prodromos Tsinikoris.