The Department of Theatre Studies of the School of Fine Arts, of the University of the Peloponnese is located at the historical city of Nafplion, in Argolis. The Department offers BA and MA programs in Theatre focusing both on theory and on applied performance (drama studies, directing, scenography, choreography, anthropology of theatre, cinema, drama in education etc.).

The Department of Theatre Studies hosts numerous research projects and collaborates with a number of international academic institutes and research centers. European research projects such as CREARCH-Creative European ARCHives as Innovative Cultural Hubs (Creative Europe Cooperation Project, 2018-2021), ARGOS-Actes de Création et Dynamiques de Collaborations Croisées (Creative Europe Cooperation Project, 2018-2021) and ARCH-Archival Research & Cultural Heritage. The Theatre Archive of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Aristeia II-2013-2015) concerning the processing of the archive and the building of a voluminous database of the internationally acclaimed theatrical company SRS, are under its auspices.

The Department of Theatre Studies is fully integrated in the life and society of the wider region of the Argolis prefecture, not only due to its geographical location, but also thanks to its connections to the cultural network of the area.


Eleni Papalexiou

Eleni Papalexiou is assistant professor at the Department of Theatre Studies, School of Fine Arts, University of the Peloponnese, specialized in Theatre Genetics, Performance Analysis and Digital Humanities and Arts.
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Maria Velioti

Maria Velioti-Georgopoulos is Associate Professor of ‘Social Anthropology and Rituals’ in the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese. She is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Programme ‘M.A. in Theatre and Society: Theory, Staging and Didactics’.
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Avra Xepapadakou

Dr Avra Xepapadakou is a researcher of performing arts, currently affiliated to the University of Nicosia. She has worked as a faculty member at the University of Crete (2009-2016), and as an affiliated lecturer at several other academic institutions.
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Io Manolessou

Io Manolessou is the Acting Director of the Research Centre for Modern Greek Dialects of the Academy of Athens, and the Chief Editor of the Historical Dictionary of Modern Greek.

Paraskevi Damala

Paraskevi Damala is a researcher, an adult educator and trainer, as well as a secondary education teacher.  She studied Sociology at Panteio University of Athens from 1999 to 2003.


Valia Vraka

Valia Vraka has been working in the Music Library of Greece ‘Lilian Voudouri’ since 2002. 

In the period 2014-2016 she was member of the project ‘ARCH-Archival Research and Cultural Heritage: the Theatre Archive of Romeo Castellucci and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.


Claudia Castelucci

The Cesena-based Italian artist Claudia Castellucci (born in 1958) founded the theatre company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio alongside Romeo Castellucci, and Chiara and Paolo Guidi.  She works on a continuous basis with Socìetas, writing dramatic and theoretical texts, while continuing to work as an actress involved in several performances.


Filia Dendrinou

Filia Dendrinou is an actress and a theatrical educator. She has a BA from the University of Athens and the Sorbonne, Paris. She has also graduated from the school of dramatic art École d’Art Dramatique Charonne in Paris and holds a Master’s degree in Theatre-Drama and Performing Arts from Middlesex University.

Stathis Athanssiou

Director and Visual artist.

Elpida Komianou

Elpida Komianou is an actress and a theatre educator. She studied Acting at the School of Dramatic Art “Morfes” - Embros Theatre (1996-2000). She is also a graduate of the University of Peloponnese, Department of Theatre Studies (2014-2018) and a founding member of the Municipal Theatre of Nafplio.