Athena Xenidou, LinkedIn: Athena Xenidou, Tel (631) 645-1723, 011-357-99- 467966,


Professional Profile

An accomplished acting coach and award-winning director and producer in theatre, film and television with 18 years of experience in film and stage productions from inception to completion. Experience in teaching acting, directing and producing for film and theatre.


Professional Appointments

Guest Lecturer in Theatre Production/Directing University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus 10/2012-Present
Acting Coach Master Class in Acting Techniques, Red Stage Theatre Drama School, Nicosia, Cyprus 10/ 2012-Present
Guest Lecturer in Drama European University, Nicosia, Cyprus 09/2010-06/2011
Artistic Director/Theatre Coach Motion Art Studio Fine Arts School, Nicosia, Cyprus 09/ 2010-Present
Drama Teacher Cube Fine Arts School, Nicosia, Cyprus 09/ 2010-06/2012
Artistic Director/Acting Coach The Drama Studio, Private Masterclass and Acting Showcase, Cyprus 03/2009-Present
Guest Lecturer in Documentary Filmmaking University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A. 03/2001
Editor and Research Supervisor Cyprus Artists, published by Pantheon, Cyprus 09/2000-09/2001
Teaching Assistant, Acting/Directing Professor Daniel Stewart, University of California Santa Barbara,U.S.A. 09/1996-02/1997



Teaching Producing and Directing for Film and Theatre
Teaching Documentary Filmmaking
Teaching Directing Reality TV Shows
Training professional actors in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television
Designing and directing independent drama master class workshops for professionals and amateurs
Heading drama classes for pre-school, primary school, teenagers and adults
Coaching students for auditions and prepares them for entry to drama schools in US and UK
Teaching Stella Adler, the Meisner Technique and Method Acting


Professional Productions

Director The Stone (2013) National Theatre, Cyprus
Producer/Director The Good Body (2013) Xmas Productions, Cyprus
Producer/Director After Miss Julie (2012) Xmas Productions, Cyprus – Greece
Director I Hate Hamlet (2011) Theater Ena, Cyprus
Director Touch and Go (2010) Theater Dionysos, Cyprus
Producer/Director The Vagina Monologues (2009) Xmas Productions, Cyprus
Director The Shadow Box (2007) National Theatre, Cyprus
Director Youkali (2004) Reform, Greece
Feature Film
Co-producer/Co-writer/co-director Socrates & Soc (in development with Barry Cook) Ministry of Illusion,S.A.,U.S.A.
Producer/Writer/Director Unwitnessed Memories (2000) Sigma TV, Lumiere TV, Cyprus
Art Director Radichio Rosso (1999) Radichio Productions, Italy
Set Decorator Bad City Blues– starring Dennis Hopper (1999) Bad City Pictures, U.S.A
Director Survivor 2 (2004) all episodes (42) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Director The Farm 2 (2004) all episodes (32) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Casting Director Pop Idol (2004) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Director Survivor 1 (2003) all episodes (28) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Director The Farm VIP (2003) all episodes (12) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Director The Farm 1 (2002) all episodes(32) Fremantle Media SA, Mega TV, Greece
Art Director SCI Files:The Human Torch (2002) Glasshead Productions, London, UK
Short Films
Associate Producer Tripwire (1999) American Film Institute, U.S.A.
Producer/Writer/Director The Made Guy (1997) UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Co-producer Dead End (1996) UC Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Music Videos
Producer/Director I agapi tou kalokairiou (2006) Xmas Productions, Greece
Producer/Director Anarotiemai (2004) Xmas Productions, Greece
Producer/Director Stigmes Alithias (2000) Xmas Productions, Cyprus



MA International Relations and Media, University of Nicosia, Cyprus June 2009
BA Film Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A June 1997
Certification, English Literature, Drama and Music, University of Fribourg, Switzerland December 1993
Certification, Grade 8 Pianoforte, Grade 6 Music Theory, Royal Schools of Music, London, UK June 1992


Awards and Distinctions

International Emmy Awards, USA, Jury Member, 2001-2006

Cannes Film Festival, France, Represented Cyprus by invitation from the European Union and the Cyprus Ministry of Culture, 2004

Olympia Dukakis’s Workshop for Professional Actors and Directors, Artos Foundation, Cyprus, February 2010

MIPCOM, France, Invited by Sigma TV, 1999

The Shadow Box (2009), Awarded Best Male Actor, Nominated for Set Design & Lighting Design – National Theater Awards, Cyprus

Unwitnessed Memories (2001), Special Jury Award for Best Documentary – WORLDFEST Houston Film Festival;
Best Documentary – Cyprus International Film Festival; Official Selection at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, International Festival of Visual Arts in Hungary, Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece and Viewpoint International Documentary Film Festival in Belgium

The Made Guy (1997), Best Cinematography Award, Short Reel Film Festival in Santa Barbara, U.S.A

Dead End (1996), Best Project in Arts and Humanities Award and Scholarship, University California, Santa Barbara, U.S.A



Barry Cook, director of Oscar-nominated Mulan, and Arthur Christmas and Walking with Dinosaurs, USA

Professor Janet Walker, PhD, Dept of Film Studies & Media, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Kyriakos Kenevezos, Minister of Education and Culture, Cyprus

George Papageorgiou, Director of the National Theatre, Cyprus

Avgi Papakyriakou, Director of Motion Art Fine Arts School, Nicosia, Cyprus

Shaunna Ioannidou, Acting Director, University of Cyprus, Language Center, Cyprus


Media & Internet
Linkedin profile, Athena Xenidou
Greek Reporter, Greece, Article on After Miss Julie:


Additional information

Languages: English and Greek (bilingual) French – fluent
Cypriot citizen and U.S Permanent Residency – Holder of Green Card
Member of Rotary Club, Board Member, Nicosia, Cyprus June 2013-present
Member of the Nicosia Municipal Board for Art and Culture, Sept.- Jan. 2010