Michael Marmarinos was born in Athens.
Studied biology (major: Neurobiology), acting and theater directing.
In 1983-4, the “diplous Eros” theater company was founded, and right after its first production, was subsidized by the Ministry of Culture. After a number of internal transformations and transfigurations, the group was renamed “Theseum Ensemble” (TE). (www.theseumensemble.com)
His work is ruled by two persisting principles:
a) Theater is the art on the humble history of people.
b) There is no moment in daily life which is not theater, once the proper gaze is there.
Three main issues are reflected through his late works:
I. Always attracted by assemblies... This biological tendency of people prompts him to work on Chorus of ancient Greek drama, as an ancient structure that produces contemporary forms within the theater and every-day life. A structure with unique qualities, a structure capable of producing theater, text, chaos, history, politics. A structure / device for a contemporary gaze.
II. The possible paths that can urge an actor's body to the turning point of becoming a performance document.
(Biology and his encounter with Bioenergetics and A. Lowen are of a crucial contribution).
III. Moments, insignificant or coincidental, violently inserted into dramaturgy, pushing it towards a poetry of documental.
This kind of writing tactics, capable of producing text, is what he usually names “Directing as Playwriting”.
Αs well as, Every Theorem inherent in all these phenomena.
Apart from Greece, productions of M.M have been staged - or others have been touring in various international festivals - in :
Austria, Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.
1987: STRINDBERG - STRINDBERG(the first warning), A. Strindberg (Athens)
1993: DIE HAMLETMASCHINE, H.Müller (National Theater of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki)
- - -MEDEA FRAGMENTS, Euripides (Brussels)
1994: CAMERA DEGLI SPOSI, G.Veltsos (Athens)
1996: FARSA KALLDEWEY, B.Strauss (Athens)
1997: ROMANTISM, a performance by Michael Marmarinos (Athens)
1998: HAMLET- a snake's bite, W.Shαkespeare (Αthens, BITEF- Belgrad)
- - -HELEKTRA,Sophocles (Epidaurus, Thessaloniki, Dion, Philippi)
2000: AGAMEMNON, a ghost sonata, Aeschylus (Athens, Caracas, Zürich, Tbilisi)Special distinction as one of the two best production in the international festival of Caracas.
2001: MEDEAMATERIAL, H.Müller (Tbilisi,Moscow)
2002: NATIONAL HYMN, a theorem about togetherness a performance by Michael Marmarinos (Corfu, Αthens)
Best performance – directing award 2002
2003: NATIONAL HYMN, un Teorema per la coralita (a production of Teatro de la limonaia, Florence)
2004: NATIONAL HYMN(a production of Tumanishvili Teatr, Tbilisi)
- - -ROMEO + JULIET, the Third Memory, W.Shakespeare (Athens)
2005: OLYMPIC GAMES, Instructions Manual a performance by Michael Marmarinos (Athens)
- - - AGAMEMNON, Aeschylus (a production of Seoul Art Center, Seoul)
2006: NATIONAL HYMN (a production of Korean National University of Arts, Seoul).
2007: WHO IS H. KELERMAN AND WHY IS HE SAYING THOSE TERRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ME? [A visit to Kafka’s Castle] a performance by Michael Marmarinos (Athens)
- - DYING AS A COUNTRY, Dimitris Dimitriadis (Athens Festival, Wiener Festwochen 2008, Kunstenfestibaldesarts in Brussels 2008, International Theater Festival, WARSZAWA CENTRALNA 2008, Festival d'Αutomne Teatr de Odeon Paris 2009)
2008: STALIN, a discussion on (Greek) Theater a performance by Michael Marmarinos in collaboration with Akylas Karazisis, (National Theater of Greece, Athens, “7th Politik im Freien Theater” Festival (ECHT!) Cologne)
awarded as the best performance,prize by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education.
2009: LIVES OF SAINTS a performance by Michael Marmarinos (Athens)
- - - AGORA – ein chorstasimon, (a production of VOLKSBÜHNE am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin)
- -- ΑCROPOLIS re-construction, S. Wyspianski (a production of
Teatr WSPOLCZESNY Wroclaw, Poland) Special distinction as one of the best productions of 2009 in Poland .
2010: ΑCROPOLIS re-construction a production of Theseum Ensemble (Αthens)
2011: HERCULES FURENS,Euripides (National Theatre, Epidaurus)
2012: ROMEO + JULIET, the Third Memory, W.Shakespeare (a production of Tumanishvili Teatr, Tbilisi) Awardred as one of the best productions of the year 2013
2012: INSENSO, Dimitris Dimitriadis, (Athens Festival)
2012-2013: A Midsummer Night's Dream, W. Shakespeare (National Theatre, Athens)
2013 : PHEDRE,J. Racine (Commedie Francaise , Paris)
2014 : FAUST , J.W.Goethe (Onassis Cultural Center, Athens).
2015 : NOH-NEKYIA , Odyssey/Homer, a cooperation with Noh Theatre from Japan, (Tokyo, Epidaurus )
Awarded as the best production of ancient drama for 2016 - directing award.
2016 : LYSISTRATA, Aristophanes ( Epidaurus, National Theatre)
2016-2017 : DON JUAN , Moliere ( Onassis Cultural Center)
-with Albrecht Hirche (Germany): ALTHUSSER-ROCK 1996, Athens, Germany, France, Swirzerland.
-With Heiner Goebbels (Germany): SCHLIEMANN SCAFFOLDING 1997, Athens.
-With Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel (RIMINI PROTOKOLL –Germany):
HOT SPOTS – “I was there”. Athens, Hamburg 2004.
-With VeenFabriek and Paul Koek (Holland): "SUPPLIANTS" of Euripides. Holland, Epidaurus, 2006.
-with NOH Theatre of Japan in NOH-NEKYIA, Homer. Ancient theatre of Epidaurus, Hellenic Festival.2015.
As an Actor:
He has taken part in most of the “diplous Eros” theater company productions, and has played major parts under the direction of Roula Pateraki, Yannis Houvardas, Antonis Antipas, Ploutarhos Kaitatzis, Spiros Evangelatos, and others, in plays by Koltes, Euripides, Daggermann, Sophocles etc.
Also, in films by L. Papastathis, Y. Corras, T. Spetsiotis, N. Triandafillidis, S. Theodoraki, C. Aristopoulos.
In ancient theater of Epidaurus he has performed:
in Euripides' HELEN with the NOTOS Theater, (THEOKLIMENOS) directed by Giannis CHouvardas
in Euripides' MEDEA with the Amfi-Theatre, (JASON) directed by Spyros Euaggelatos
in Sophocles' OEDIPOUS REX – OEDIPOUS AT COLONUS, National Theater, (OEDIPOUS) directed by Roula Pateraki
in Sophocles PHILOCTETE , Hellenic Festival,(PHILOCTETE), directed by K. Phillipoglou
He has been invited to run workshops, or to take part with presentations, seminars, in :
Alexandria, Amman, Athens, Berlin, Caracas, Copenhagen, Creta, Delfi, Florence, Los Angeles, Maastricht, Montreal, Moscow, Prague, Seoul, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Thessaloníki, Umbria, Wroclaw, Zürich
on the following topics:
a) Narrative: ELEVATOR, creating instant dramaturgy (a methodology)
Directing as Playwriting
b) CHORUS - an ancient form of modern Reality: Principles, Methodology
c) Acting and Bioenergetic Voice:
a physical training based on Bioenergetic Analysis method.
Member of the International HEINER MULLER GESELLSCHAFT.
Member of the International Bioenergetic Analysis Institute.
Since 2006 till 2009 he has been the president of the board of the International Institute for Theatre Unesco (I.T.I) in Greece.
Since 1998, associate professor University of Patras and Nauplion.
Since 2006, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Thessaloníki.
In 2015 he has been awarded in Georgia with the "Mikhail Tumanishvili" prize as exceptional artist.
In 2016 has been nominated as « Chevalier de l ordre des Arts et des Lettres» by the French ministry of Culture.