Christiana Lambrinidis

Christiana Lambrinidis is a playwright, director, scholar of creative writing, educator, essayist, lecturer, editor, and activist. Lambrinidis received her MFA degree from Brown University (US) and her B.A degree from Wellesley College (US). She mentors, teaches and organizes writing/thinking and performance projects for social change, with literate and illiterate women, borderland populations in conflict, street kids, immigrants, refugees, professional urban populations, adolescent boys and girls, youth workers, university professors, children from elementary inner city schools, health workers, and university students. The collective writing performances she stages and directs have been produced in Antwerp, Galway, Athens, Thessaloniki, Komotini (Greece), refugee camps, New York, United Nations. She collaborates with the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Forum of Left Feminists, International Association of Lesbians and Gays, the Onassis Foundation, Women in Black, international film festivals, universities, schools, and local government. Lambrinidis was awarded the Lillian Hellmann and Dashiel Hammett award by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH for “Lesbian Blues”, a performance that ended the invisibility of lesbian women in Greece (2002). Her own plays have been produced in universities and foundations around the world: Harvard University, Brown University, Wellesley College (US), Paris VIII (France), York University (Canada), Adelaide University (Australia), Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy). Lambrinidis contributes regularly to international conferences/symposia: Birmingham, Bangor, Glasgow, Shanghai, Lisbon, Paris, Tenerife, Beijing, Warsaw, Hamburg, Belgrade, Jerusalem, Madrid, Jaipur, Dublin, Leeds, Aberystwyth, Wroclaw, Chicago, Washington D.C. She is the first Greek woman writer to hold the position of Writer-In-Residence, Harvard University (1990-91). Her articles have appeared in Lambrinidis is the editor of the first feminist publishing series in Greece, “women’s writing + theory/literature/philosophy”, Kochlias Editions, 2002. With women, refugees and members of the Turkish minority in Thrace, she co-founded (W)rightful – a write to right, a NGO that restores dignity through writing and performance, affiliated with the international organization Women’s World Organization for Rights, Literature, and Development (2000). Ms. Lambrinidis is the Founding Director of the Centre for Creative Writing & Theatre for Conflict Resolution, in Athens.

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