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ANASSA is a non-profit company established in December 2009 in Athens, Greece, with the main purpose to create theatrical plays and art workshops for audience of all ages, combining the Physical Sciences and Humanities, with New Technologies and Fine Arts (Art Tech). Through its activities, ANASSA team members desire to tackle modern scientific and philosophical concepts, in a multidisciplinary and creative way, and offer alternative ways of approaching knowledge by combining Humanities and Sciences with the world of Art.

The company implements various artistic, creative and educational programs and activities for a wide range of audience, and seeks to approach various disciplines in an entertaining, creative and interactive way. The target group is from young children aged 4 years old, to teenagers and adults. For the small and younger audience, the team is focusing on performances and art exhibitions followed by educational activities, and for teenagers and adults, the activities are organized initially as performances, artistic workshops, exhibitions and seminars.

Many of our programs have been under the auspices of the Attica Region, the Association of Greek Physicists, have been approved by the Greek Institute of Educational Policy and have received subsidies by the Ministry of Culture.

ANASSA has presented its programs, (performances and workshops) to the following institutions: Wekalet el Ghouri Arts Center in Cairo, Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP), B & M Theocharakis Fine Arts and Music Foundation, Museums of Modern Pottery and Folk Art and to many municipalities, Libraries, public and private schools in Athens.

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Dora Zacharopoulou

Dora Zacharopoulou, president of ANASSA, was born in Athens and is a graduate of the Diomedes Fotiadis Drama School, a graduate of the Department of Geology of the University of Athens and the American College of Athens (Pierce College).

She has been working as an actress and theatre director since 2000, participating in many theatrical as well as Greek television productions. She is a founding member of ANASSA Company, responsible for productions and director of theatrical performances. Dora has experience in designing “Art Tech” performances and workshops - a kind of educational show that creatively combines the discipline of science and technology with fine arts, social sciences and humanities.

Since 2012 she has been writing and directing works for adults and children and since 2018, she has been teaching at the School of Acting Diomedes Fotiadis in Athens, Greece.

Alexandra Sarrigeorgiou

Alexandra Sarrigeorgiou is responsible for the development of educational material for theatrical performances and other artistic activities. She is a graduate of the Preschool Education Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Greek State Dance School. She has attended and taught seminars on contemporary dance, movement and improvisation as well as seminars on music-motor education and training in Greece, Belgium, Prague and the UK. She has participated in various performances as a dancer and performer, but also as an animator for educational activities.

Today she lives in Belgium, where she graduated from the master’s program in Management and Innovation in Educational sciences, at Vrije University Brussels. Her expertise in both educational and Art field assist in the preparation of successful artistic and pedagogical practices and creation of activities and workshops for a broad target audience.

Filippos Vasileiou

Filippos Vasileiou, is a graduate of the First Sculpture Lab of the Athens School of Fine Arts, specialized in Plastering and Bronze Studies, as well as in Fresco and Portfolio Technique. In 2009-2010 he attended the “Arte de Acción y Performance” with his teacher Bartolomé Ferrando at UPV Facultad de Bellas Artes (Spain, Valencia) and until today, he has participated in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad as a sculptor and performer.

Filippos is an active member of ANASSA and animator in workshops related to visual art and sculpting.

Elena Griva

Elena Griva was born and lives in Athens. She is a graduate of the Department of Theatre Studies and has completed postgraduate studies in Theatre History and Theory (Philosophy School, University of Athens) and in Museology - Contemporary Culture (Westminster University, London).

She has worked as dramaturg in theatrical productions, and from 2008 until 2011, she was responsible for organizing events, communication and curating the Archive at the Spyros Vassiliou Museum in Athens, Greece. Since 2014 she has been involved in the communication and organization of cultural events in various theatres and art exhibition centres in Greece.

Elena joined ANASSA in 2018 and provides her expertise as Project Manager, Communications and PR Officer. Her tasks include dissemination activities, management of communication activities and channels, events organisation, content creation for all kinds of promotional reasons (radio spots, tv spots, posters, programs) as well as curation and overview of the promotional material.

Katerina Tsikalaki

Katerina Tsikalaki was born and lives in Athens, Greece. Having studied Biology and obtaining her Master’s Degree in Biology Education from the University of Athens, she has been working on science communication and non-typical science education since 2007. She was the education officer for ARCHELON-The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (2019-20), a science and mathematics teacher for refugee and migrant students in NGO Elix and British Council (2018-2019), a biologist and science explainer for the Interactive Science and Technology Exhibition in Eugenides Foundation (2007-16).
She has designed and facilitated numerous educational programs for the environmental initiative Healthy Seas, Kallithea Municipal Library, Halandri Children’s Municipal Library, House of Makers, Aghios Nikolaos Children’s Festival and others.

During her work at Eugenides Foundation, she established collaboration with SCIVIS (Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students) securing scholarships for 8 visually impaired students, between 2013-16, to participate in Space Camp and Space Academy in Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, AL, USA. She founded with the help of estimable volunteers the first Roma Children’s Book Club (2016-18) in Halandri, Athens. The Book Club of over 20 members was accepted as a hosted group at the Social Dynamo programme of Bodossaki Foundation in 2017.

She is currently working as a science teacher with Anassa Non-Profit Civil Partnership and as a lead teacher, designing educational material and planning professional development seminars for teachers with displaced students, in collaboration with Erika Gillette and Science United Project NGO.