Who we are

1927 is the Athenian home of Between the Seas: Mediterranean Performing Arts -an international organization operating in New York, Athens and Monemvasia (Southern Greece) with the mission to promote contemporary Mediterranean performing arts and encourage exchanges between the Mediterranean and the US. 1927 is ran by Between the Seas co-founders Aktina Stathaki and Jerome Simeon.

Aktina Stathaki (Programming and Managing co- Director):

A graduate of the National Theatre of Greece, Aktina holds a PhD in theatre and postcolonial studies from the University of Toronto. As an actress she has collaborated with the National Theatre of Greece, the AfriCan theatre Ensemble (Toronto) and trey anthony productions (Toronto); as a director/theatre maker she has staged: Abandon the Citizens (devised performance based on testimonies of Asia Minor refugees in 1922); Could You Please Look into the Camera? (by M. Al Attar); The Internationals (by J. Neziraj).

In 2010 she founded Between the Seas Festival: an international platform presenting and promoting the work of emerging contemporary Mediterranean performing artists. She has worked in managerial and consulting positions at The Joyce Theatre (New York), Women’s Project Theatre (New York), The International Theatre Institute (Shanghai), while most recently she was appointed a special advisor to the Greek minister of culture in charge of international relations.

Aktina’s practice is informed by her dual artistic and academic background. Her interests lie at the intersection of storytelling and the staging of testimony and archival material in narratives and histories that examine questions of identity, place and displacement. Her research and articles have been published and presented in conferences, journals and newspapers in Greece, North America and beyond. She is the recipient of a Time Warner Fellowship for her producing work and a United Nations Alliance for Civilizations fellowship for her commitment to intercultural dialogue and exchange.

Jerome Simeon (Producing and Managing co-Director)

Jerome is a computer scientist (PhD), musician and co-founder of Between the Seas: Mediterranean Performing Arts. In addition to his managerial role, he has created the sound design for Between the Seas productions (Redshift, Could you Please Look into the Camera? The Internationals).