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Actors Action Acting Masterclasses with Stratos Tzortzoglou

Acting seminars by Stratos Tzortzoglou a known, established actor and now a professional observer at the Actors Studio, who had the privilege of observing the method of Actors studio moderated by some of the greats including Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, Alec Baldwin, Estelle Parsons.

January 2- 6, 2017

Limited seats
Reservations: Aris Vassiiliadis on tel: 693 6251970, 210 6251970
email:arisvasiliadis@yahoo.gr

Vivliothiki Volanakis
Stournari 11,
Exarcheia square, Athens
T: 210 330 0423

Stratos did his masterclasses in L.A with Ivanna Chubbuck (Brad Pitt ,Halle Berry ,Charlize Theron ,James Franco ,Sylvester Stallone) and with Aaron Speiser (Will Smith ,Jennifer Lopez ,Gerard Butler ,Marion Cotillard) who said about Stratos “In all my experience, I have never met an actor as dedicated and talented as Stratos”.
The class will have Stratos Tzortzoglou detailing the greatest lessons he’s learned through his momentous career—the struggles and successes that made him the household name he is today.“
Education has always been an important part of my life,” Stratos said in a statement.
“The teachers, mentors, and those who gave me opportunities along the way have made me feel blessed because they taught me the value of striving to be your best. I’m delighted to be part of this new wave of education.As my mentor Karolos Koun once said, ”We must believe in miracles, in order for miracles to happen.”

Stratos Tzortzoglou appeared for the first time in Karolos Koun’ Sound of the Gun by Loula Anagnostaki at Karolos Koun Art Theater. Apart from Karolos Koun, he has worked on stage with famed Greek directors Minos Volanakis, Jules Dassin, Spyros Evangelatos, Roula Pateraki, Andreas Voutsinas and Giannis Kokkos. In film he has worked with directors such as Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cacoyannis, Pantelis Voulgaris, Eva Bergman and Bruno Coppola, and alongside such actresses as Catherine Deneuve, Irene Pappas, Lena Endre and Sarah Douglas. Last but not least he has had a long career as a TV actor, rendering him the most recognizable and beloved star of his generation in Greece. In 1994 he was named Best Actor at the Greek National Awards.
Five times Academy Award nominee Michael Cacoyannis described him as “that rare phenomenon, a natural who combines striking good looks with that special brand of talent which blends a fiery temperament with easy personal charm,” while Palme d’ Or winner Theo Angelopoulos talked of him as someone who “can absorb everything, turning this to an advantage” and Ingmar Bergman compared him to a Stradivarius.

STRATOS TZORTZOGLOU RESUME
Stratos Tzortzoglou appeared for the first time in Karolos Koun’ Sound of the Gun by Loula Anagnostaki at Karolos Koun Art Theater. Apart from Karolos Koun, he has worked on stage with famed Greek directors Minos Volanakis, Jules Dassin, Spyros Evangelatos, Roula Pateraki, Andreas Voutsinas and Giannis Kokkos. He has also worked in film with directors such as Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cacoyannis and Pantelis Voulgaris, Nikos Panayotopoulos,Bruno Coppola, Eva Bergman,Christina Kallas,Dragan Bjelogrlic,Michel Favart and alongside actresses Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Z, Electra), Lena Endre (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Sarah Douglas (Conan the Destroyer, Falcon Crest, Superman). Stratos recently relocated to New York City. You can contact him through , his manager Alan Morell (creativemanagementpartners) and his website stratostzo.com. The following titles are only a small selection of his extensive body of work.

CLASSICAL THEATER
Euripides”Prometheus bound” {role : Prometheus)
Euripides’ The Bacchae (role: God Dionysus) in the 12th European festival with National Theatre of Northern Greece
Euripides’ Phoenician Women (role: Polynices) at Epidaurus Ancient Theater with Anna Sinodinou
Orpheus’ Hymns (role: Orpheus) in Phedriades theatre in Delfi’s festival
Liturgy of Orpheus (role: Orpheus) at Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Roast Beef (a modern adaptation of Oresteia trilogy) written by Leah Vitali (role:Agamemnon), co-starring with Sarah Douglas in Riverside Studios, London

THEATER(selectively)
“Prometheus bound”by Euripides
“Askitiki -the shout”by Nikos Kazantzakis
“Drain -Ekkenosis” by D. Dimitriades, directed by Yannis Kokkos (collaborator for 30 years with Antoine Vitez and Jacques Lassalle) in Stegi Grammaton kai Texnon
“Tree”by M. Laina, directed by Ch. Capsouli in National Theatre of Greece
“You are purpose and sheepdogs are dancing around you” by G. Ioannou, directed by Bijoux DeKant and Ioannis Skourletis at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
“Elle”by Jean Genet, directed by Bijoux De Kant with The French Institute of Greece at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
“Miss Misery” by Ts. Tzanatos at The Greek Art Theater – Karolos Koun
“Death of a salesman” by Jules Dassin Academy Award – nominated, Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for Rififi.
FILM (selectively)
“Landscape in the mist” by Theo Angelopoulos (Silver Lion Award in Venice Film Festival, Felix award for Best European Film of the Year)
“Ulysses’s Gaze” by Theo Angelopoulos with Harvey Keitel (Grand Jury Prize and International Critics’Prize in 1995 Cannes Film Festival, as well as Felix of the Critics – Film of the Year)
“Pano, kato kai plagios” by Michael Cacoyannis, co-starring with Irene Papas
“One Love and the Other”by Eva Bergman, co-starring with Lena Endre
“The striker with number 9 “by Pantelis Voulgaris
“Montevideo, bog te video”by Dragan Bjelogrlic
“Three way week “by Bruno Coppola
“The Bacchae “by Bruno Coppola
“The Rainbow Experiment “by Christina Kallas.

TV. (Selectively)
• Oi frouroi tis Ahaias (1992)
• Ekptotos angelos (1997)
• To simadi tou erota (1998)
• Idiaitera gia klamata (2000)
• Le dernier seigneur des Balkans (2005)
• Vals with 12 Gods (2012)

EXCERPTS FROM REFERENCE LETTERS

INGMAR BERGMAN compares Stratos to a stradivarius violin, adding that “the great actors are great instruments”

For three times Oscar winning director
ELIA KAZAN Stratos has the qualities of Warren Beatty.

JIM GIANOPULOS, chairman of 20th Century Fox, writes that “Stratos is destined for great things, he has a unique way of capturing the audiences with his charm and authenticity, and he has truly mastered his art form”.

Palme d’Or winner THEO ANGELOPOULOS described Stratos as someone who “can absorb everything, turning this to an advantage. He is the ideal actor for this difficult game between beauty and recognition”.

Five times Academy Award nominee.
MICHAEL CACOYANNIS describes Stratos as “that rare phenomenon, a natural who combines striking good looks with that special brand of talent which blends a fiery temperament with easy personal charm”.

Academy award nominated director JULES DASSIN states that “Stratos’ Biff Loman from Death of a salesman was the most passionate Biff I’ve ever seen”.

• Oscar winning actress OLYMPIA DUKAKIS says Stratos “has a lot to offer to the American film industry in his unique sense of acting, combing talent, intuition, passion and determination”.

REVIEWS
NEW YORK TIMES, St. Holden: “Orestes, whom Stratos Tzortzoglou imbues with a winning sweetness works for an itinerant theater company that has been traveling around Greece. Landscape in the Mist has already won many honors, and was the Greek entry for best foreign film in the Academy Awards last year. A 126-minute work of exceptional beauty.”

LONDON TIMES: “With impeccable timing Greece’s version of Brad Pitt, the actor Stratos Tzortzoglou makes his London debut as Agamemnon in Roast Beef at the Riverside Studios.”
VARIETY, Emanuel Levy: “In Up Down and Sideways, the handsome Tzortzoglou lends reliable support as the sensitive son… credibly vivid and sympathetic.”

STAGE BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE, John Thaxter: “The 80-minute show has its compensations, demanding courage, strength and extraordinary agility for the fight scenes, from handsome Greek film actor Stratos Tzortzoglou as Agamemnon”.

AWARDS
Best Actor at the Greek National Awards, 1994, for Pano, kato kai plagios, directed by Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba the Greek, Electra)
Best Supporting Actor, Stars De Demain, 1989, for Landscape in the mist, directed by Theo Angelopoulos (Travelling Players, Ulysses’ Gaze, Weeping Meadow, Eternity and a Day)

STUDIES
• Karolos Koun Art Theater, Athens
• Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, Masterclass, CA, 2011
• Ivana Chubbuck studio, Masterclass, CA, 2012
· Lifetime Proffesional Observer at Actors Studio.

Based on Elaine May’s film “Mikey and Nicky”
Writer: Elaine May

Nick is desperate, holed up in a basement, suffering from an ulcer and convinced that a local mobster wants him killed. He calls Mikey, his friend since childhood, but when Mikey arrives, Nick won’t go with him: his moods swing. He first wants to go to his wife and kid to say goodbye, then a party at his girlfriend’s apartment, then a movie theater, then the cemetery where his mom is buried. So begins a long night as Mike tries to take care of Nick, calm him down and get him out of town. Tempers fray and the friendship is tested. Meanwhile, a hit man who’s getting information from someone is looking for Nick.

Director: Christina Kallas
Cast: Stratos Tzortzoglou as Nicky
Kevin Kane as Mikey
Editing: Dimitris Zogas
Producer: Rebecca Brillhart
Production: Stratosphere Art Inc

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THREE WAY WEEK – synopsis

What happens when a woman who has been trafficked returns… and wants revenge?
A dark psychological thriller set in the impenetrable Balkan underworld. Easy-going Greek playboy ED ditches his wife, mistress, and job, and arrives in Bucharest looking for his lover LUMI, a glamorous, spoilt girl. She’s moved on… but he won’t take no for an answer. Spotting Lumi at a party, Ed ties her up and, in a flash of drunken inspiration, kidnaps her. With the help of his cleaning lady IRINA, he takes Lumi to the countryside, bursting with unrequited love and simmering resentment.
But Irina is not really a cleaning lady – she is a trafficked woman who, after many years of degradation, has returned for revenge.    And Lumi is actually the daughter of Romania’s biggest pimp NIKA – the same pimp who sold Irina into a life of prostitution overseas. Concealingherplan,IrinaseducesEd,andmanipulateshisangeragainstLumi. Asadistic three-way affair ensues.   Alternately torturing and pampering her, Ed gradually breaks Lumi down, and Irina forces Lumi into whoring for the villagers.
Irina’s revenge is satisfying, but she didn’t expect one thing – that the torment would drive Ed and Lumi together. Irina becomes intensely jealous and escalates her punishment plan. Nika, increasingly desperate for Lumi’s return, sends out armed men. Ed, Irina and Lumi stay one step ahead of the bullets, but when the thugs finally track them down, they find that Lumi has become brainwashed, Stockholm syndrome-style, and is now the most vengeful force of all.

Film THREE WAY WEEK setworks
Coproduction: “Approaching Fish Ltd” (London), Libra Film ( Bucharest), Inkas Film ( Athens ), Revolver srl – TV Co. srl (Roma), director: Bruno Coppola (New York), Dir. Photography: Oleg Mutu ( Chisinau-Bucuresti), Locations: Bucharest, Maramures, Gargano, Puglia June 22nd – July 9th (Manfredonia, Monte S.Angelo, Peschici, Rodi, Vico, San Menaio, Vignanotica), Thessaloniki, Istambul.

With subisidies from Apulia Film Commission and British Film Institute.

Main actors: Stratos Tzortzoglou B, Kristina Krepela, Raluca Aprodu, Liudimila Gheorghiu, Vlad Ivanov

A Balkan revenge thriller by Coppola – Vonnegut – Mutu

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(sequel A’: 2010 – sequel B’: 2014)

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Montevideo, God Bless You! (Serbian: Монтевидео, Бог те видео / Montevideo, Bog te video; internationally titled Montevideo, Taste of a Dream) is a 2010 Serbian film directed by Dragan Bjelogrlić about the events leading to the participation of the Yugoslavia national football team at the first FIFA World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay in July 1930. The film gained considerable media attention throughout 2010 and achieved significant box office success in Serbia since its release on December 21, 2010. The entire project has been hugely successful regionally thus far. More than 520,000 people in Serbia saw the first film, which won numerous awards.
The story is loosely based on the novel Montevideo, Bog te video by the prominent Serbian sports journalist Vladimir Stanković. He drew inspiration to write a romanticized depiction of the late 1920s Serbia and the events that popularized the game of football in the country after having watched the American film The Game of Their Lives.
The film was awarded the ‘Audience Choice Award'[4] for Best Film in the main competition program at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. It was also Serbia’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but did not make the final shortlist.

On 1 January 2012 it was broadcast on RTS1, achieving stellar ratings with over 3.1 million viewers. The extended version of the film is scheduled to be broadcast as a 24-episode television series over two seasons on RTS starting 13 February 2012. The series will be shown Mondays in prime time slot at 8pm with the first season scheduled to have 9 episodes. On 3 August 2013, Montevideo, God Bless You!, aired on the Chinese CCTV-6 network.

Directed by    Dragan Bjelogrlić
Produced by    Dejan Petrović
Written by    Srđan Dragojević, Ranko Božić
Based on    Montevideo, Bog te video by Vladimir Stanković
Starring    Miloš Biković. Petar Strugar, Nina Janković, Danina Jeftić and Stratos Tzortzoglou

Music by    Magnifico

Cinematography    Goran Volarević

Editing by    Marko Glušac

Video of the film

Video: one of Strato’s scenes

 

Direction, Set and Light Design: Yannis Kokkos With: Alexandra Aidini, Tzortzina Daliani, Akilas Karazisis, Lydia Koniordou, Olia Lazaridou, Dimitris Mothonaios, Electra Nikolouzou, Angeliki Papathemeli, Lena Papaligoura, Alexandra Sakellaropoulou, Danai Saridaki, Theodora Tzimou, Stratos Tzortzoglou. Artistic collaboration: Anne Blancard.

Press

Roula Georgakopoulou / ta  Nea

The Ekkenosis (Evacuation) by Dimitris Dimitriadis played at  Onassis foundation’s analogues, directed by John Kokkos, was a theatrical achievement. The delirium degradation of  Atreides’ cycle, Iphigenia(L. Papaligoura) with a belligerent and bloodthirsty ,an Aegisthus (Stratos Tzortzoglou) who flirts with  Elektra (Olia Lazaridou) was not a usual nouvote but a thorough shaking our staff kismet, a story of our history, a version of oneself as another, an ultimately personal triumph and pain along the author.
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“This year, in some cases, the public has created crowded the hall of Building Chiller.
Such a case was the keynote of the whole event “Reading” the new project of Maria Laina ‘Tree’ from the group «Dame Blanche», directed by Chryssa Capsouli (15/05/2013). A text refers strongly to Beckett “Waiting for Godot”, but with obvious surrealistic elements that releases a robust poetic imagination.
The musical interventions Apostolis Leventopoulos reviewed the ratio of actors Maria Rizioti Spyros Varrelys, the key roles of Vassilis Vassilakis, moved in within analog, and an expressive, hyperactive and offers in wrinkling, dative Stratos Tzortzoglou.”

Press

Dimitris Tsatsoulis / Eleftherotypia
Readings on stage and off
National Theatre
The new project of Maria Laina ‘Tree’ from the group «Dame Blanche», directed by Chryssa Capsouli (15/05/2013)
A text refers strongly to Beckett “Waiting for Godot”, but with obvious surrealistic elements that releases a robust poetic imagination…… an expressive, hyperactive and offers in wrinkling, dative Stratos Tzortzoglou.
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You are purpose and sheepdogs dancing around you (2012 – 2014) a performance of bijoux de kant, based on the play by George Ioannou.

George Ioannou. The author, poet, translator. The fragile love and Armored words. From Thessaloniki in ’43 as Omonia 80s, a wanderer trapped. The texts, an imprint of his life and he one of the foremost exponents of Greek modernity of urban life. His heroes, autobiographical ghosts that haunt all work and document the Greece of guilt. The Greece lost. That is devastating. Declare bankruptcy. To Greece seeking its identity into ground. The mud. In a lonely negotiable and final.

” The stabbed await justice. The listemenoi and butchered expect justice, but this is slow to appear. The listemenoi, butchered and diasyrmenoi waiting for the storm of tears that would wash away the blood, but instead this spring titter from everywhere. ‘s listemenoi, butchered, and betrayed diasyrmenoi wait at least us not forget them and not laugh with the common enemy, but we grovel in the same beds with our persecutors, agreeing with them in practice. The stabbed helplessly waiting for justice . “

Text composition – Direction – Set Design: John Scourletis

Music: Kostas Dalakouras

Cooperation in Dramaturgy: George Lagouros – Peace Sourgiadaki

Photos: Panos Michael

Assistant Director: Nicole Giamvria

Actors: Stratos Tzortzoglou, Lena Drosaki, July Tziatas

Duration: 90

Production: bijoux de kant

The bijoux de kant is an idea, an aesthetic, an expression. It is the combination of many ideas, many felt, many expressions. Is the lack of doctrine which concludes her love for both the form as for the concept. Inspired by the baroque and minimalism, expressionism and constructivism, romance and conceptual art. Observe the motion attitude and stop motion. Measure distances with fingers and with her fingers fumbles in drawers personal memory, collective, historical treasures and touches on a glass table.  loves to study systems and mechanisms and passionate about the broken tooth in gear that will make the machine break down and become something else. Generally prefers another. Wants to be a pop just because Marie Antoinette was never enough. The bijoux de kant is an artistic record that was formed to support and promote creative expression and critical attitude, different poetic and idioms. Its presence is detected in the theater, to art events and exhibitions and different kinds of activities related to creating art and thought. The bijoux de kant founded in December 2010 and consists of art and director Yannis Scourletis, musician Kostas Dalakoura, art historian Alexis Papazacharia, sociologist Mars Whitey, the author Sourgiadaki Irene and Constantine Scourletis (ASFA).H website bijoux de kant follow consistently the ideas that led to the creation, not formatted as a closed private space but as a crossroads where we find the different social media sites that are open to constant negotiation and operation is based on two-way communication, Sorting is a principle of bijoux de kant.

Press

Efi Marinou / Eleftherotypia

Stratos Tzortzoglou in the show “You are purpose and sheepdogs dancing around you». The actor, who started playing Loula Anagnostakis “the sound of a gun” in Karolos Koun’s Art Theater, returns with a shocking text interpretation of George Ioannou. Exposes and parodies himself. For Stratos Tzortzglou closes a cycle route, from Art Theater and “the sound of the gun” comes a second time winner in Cacoyannis Foundation. In a remarkable performance meets the poetry of George Ioannou surprising with his interpretation. Like you wore the costume of the actor. Very early was fortunate to be next to Karolos Koun, Jules Dassin, Michael Cacoyannis, Minos Volanakis, Theo Angelopoulos, Pantelis Voulgaris. After, the storm blew television. And now parodies seriously himself, trying courageous self-criticism.”
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George Chronas / ONLYTHEATER

GEORGE CHRONAS saw the ” You are purpose and sheepdogs dancing around you” and will go see it again.
Go to admire the spirit of the Greek author George Ioannou. Stratos Tzortzoglou from Piraeus, in the best part of his life, amidst the dirt and dust, speaks with clothes allude to nothing. Pythia before him, becomes his friend. The relationship with his mother. Nightmares passes in front of him. He screams. Looks like Euripide’s hero, though the truth is Aeschylu’s. The fog – the death inside and outside their wraps. The fog – the death of  Thessaloniki, the home of author, George Ioannou, who chop with the knife to walk, to talk.
I’m going to see the performance again. Live theater, Living Theater, as the great artist of the theater Julian Beck.
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May 2014 YOU ARE PURPOSE AND  SHEEPDOGS DANCING AROUND YOU  writer: G. Ioannourole: Big Arktos, directed by Yannis Skourletis –  Bijoux De Kant at Michael Cacoyannis Foundationsee the Video

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