Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, I am a storyteller to my core, fond of harrowing tales that challenge the status quo, provoke uncomfortable discourse, and convey the human condition through an unexpected lens.
While earning my BFA in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, my authentic sense of artistry was truly lit aflame, inspired by the legacies of titans such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht, Shaw, Molière and Aphra Behn; as well as those of American origin, like Suzan-Lori Parks, Lynne Nottage and August Wilson – almost all of whom I’d never heard of prior to attending college.
Upon my graduation, I’ve continued my work as a thespian, performing professionally all across the country – directing when I can. Moreover, having lived and worked in Manhattan for nine vigorous years, equitable diversity is one of my core tenets, and has been at the forefront of my directorial work since 2011.
As such, while living back in Syracuse during the Covid-19 pandemic, it became my mission there to create a new theatrical enterprise, with an emphasis on creative work that exalted marginalized artists. And so, in January of 2021, Thanasis Theatre Company was officially launched. In addition to accomplishing five major projects within its first calendar year, Thanasis's debut production of Miller & Tysen's Fugitive Songs went on to receive seven Broadway World Regional Theatre Awards nominations, winning five. These included Best Musical, Best Production of the Year, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Set Design of a Musical & Best Supporting Performer in a Musical, all in the Professional, Central New York division.
As of 2022, it is my hope to continue my work with Thanasis, while also endeavoring an acceptance into an MFA Directing program.
I am currently based in New York City.
The fun stuff: I am Greek, Welsh, and French – but I was raised and baptized Greek, and am connected to that heritage. A lover of the abstract, I’m an ENTP Gryffindor whose favorite color is crimson; Storm has always been my favorite superhero (whose powers I would love); and my sun, moon, and Mercury can all be found in Leo.
Current musical obsession: Once on This Island by Ahrens & Flaherty
Current play obsession: Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery
Current book obsession: Stages by Albert Poland
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