Stella Michailidou graduated with honours from the National Theater of Northern Greece’s Drama School and Aristotle University’s Department of Physical Education. She has also studied classical and contemporary dance, completed seminars in Physical Theater, Butoh, Contact Improvisation, Feldenkrais, View Points, and Action Theater in both Greece and abroad and has experience with alternative exercise practices.
She worked as an actor for more than twenty years taking on roles from both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She has collaborated with many directors including: A. Voutsinas, N. Chourmouziadis, N. Armaos, N. Papandreou, G. Kalaitzi, N. Hatzipappas, N. Politis, N. Filippou, E. Vasilikioti, P. Zivanos, P. Economopoulou and others.
She has choreographed around forty (40) performances for The National Theater of Northern Greece, the Experimental ART Stage, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, and the Municipal Theaters of Patras and Kavala among others.
She has written for radio, original plays and lyrics for theatrical performances as well as sixteen (16) books for children and young people. Her books Polyxeni and Where Did Grandpa Go have been translated and published in South Korea.
The Greek Children’s Book Circle honored her book Polyxeni with the award for text and illustration (2015) and her book Isadora Duck with the cover award (2017). Both these books were shortlisted for the National Book Award, and her book Kourdismeni was nominated for the Reader’s Choice Award.
Her plays have been widely professionally staged across Greece by the Municipal Theaters of Patras, Veria, Kavala, Kozani, and Komotini, The Experimental ART Stage, Nautilus, Diadromes Theater, The Small Theater of Larissa, Melina Mercouri Theater, Avlaia Theater, The Thessaloniki Cocert Hall. Amateur productions of her plays have also been put on throughout Greece and in international theater festivals.
She has directed her own plays Tzitzimitzihotziria (Experimental ART Theater, 2005-2006, Municipal Theater of Kalamaria Melina Mercouri 2013-2014, Municipal Theater of Kavala 2019), Ro’s Dream (Experimental ART Theater 2007) Walking in the Forest (Municipal Theater of Kavala 2013, Avlaia Theater 2014), Menios the Spoiled Donkey, (Cultural Center of the University of Cyprus 2016), Santa Claus’s Real Gifts (Thessaloniki Concert Hall 2017-18), Isadora Duck (Thessaloniki Concert Hall 2018- 19). She has also directed work by other playwrights including O Simigdalenios by A. Adamopoulos (National Theater of Northern Greece, 2009), Ψ Rhapsody of the Iliad (National Theater, 2011), Noah’s Family by Xenia Kalogeropoulou and Thomas Moschopoulos (NTNG 2016) ), You Talking To Me by Rainer Hahfeldt (NTNG 2017-18 Adolescent Stage)
She has taught Theater Kinesiology at The National Theater of Northern Greece’s Drama School and at many seminars.
Since 1999 she has been teaching Movement and Dance at the Theater Department of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in 2018 she also started teaching directing plays for children and teenagers.
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