Lydia Koniordou


Lydia Koniordou was born in Athens where she studied English Literature (1971–74) and attended the National Theatre Drama School (graduated 1977). Her work has appeared both in her native Greece and internationally, as she has worked with some of most significant theatre directors of our times: Alexis Solomos, Alexis Minotis, Karolos Koun, Kostantinos Tsianos, Anatoly Vasiliev, and Robert Wilson (Odyssey, NT Greece, Season 2012/13).

Koniordou also works as a director and has presented work with the National Theatre of Greece, the Italian Institute, and the Regional Theatres of Volos and Patras amongst others. She has developed her own particular method of approaching Greek Tragedy which she has worked on at the University of Oxford, the University of Bighampton and at the Getty Museum.

She has been awarded the Karolos Koun prize for her contributions to Greek Drama and the Critics’ Prize for her direction of Ion, amongst other national and international awards. She is on the Board of Directors of Desmoi, an international organisation for the study of Ancient Greek Drama.


She has taught acting in private schools and the Drama School of the National Theatre, as well as in the Department of Theatre of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as Artist in Residence she worked together with students from Theatre and Performance Studies, Playwriting, Dance Science and Classics at the University of Edinburgh.