Dimitris Dimitriadis

(Tessalònica, 1944)

Dimitris Dimitriadis (Thessaloniki, 1944) is a Greek novelist, playwright, essayist and translator. A Belgian Government Scholarship offered him a chance to study theatre and cinema in Brussels, at the Institut National des Arts du Spectacle. At the age of 24, he staged his first play in Paris at the Théâtre de la Commune d’Aubervilliers. He returned to Greece in 1971 and worked professionally in translation. In 1978, he published his first work, a critical essay entitled I am dying as a country, which has been recognised as one of the most decisive works of contemporary European literature. He has written more than 60 plays that have been performed in many theatres around the world and have been translated into French, Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, Portuguese, Albanian, German, Romanian and Italian. In 2003 Anthropodia: An Endless Millennium was chosen as “Novel of the Year” by the Greek Ministry of Culture. In 2010, Dimitriadis was named Contemporary European Writer of the Year by Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe. In 2011 he was honoured as Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal. Since 2021, he has also been on the board of directors of the Greek National Opera.

In recent years, Dimitriadis has invested in seminars with young playwrights, actors and theatre directors, following his inner need for inspiration, enthusiasm and communication with the younger generation.