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Anthoula Katsimatides (Greek dance Choreographer), Greek-American and native of Astoria, participated in the first reading of OPA! 4 years ago.  Anthoula has been performing Greek folk dance for the past 25 years. She has done extensive research documenting Greek folk traditions, rituals and dance and is considered an expert in dances from the Dodecanese islands. As co-founder and principal dancer of the Guardians of Hellenism ~ Akrites Productions, a Hellenic folklore society, she has performed at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Central Park, Shea Stadium and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. She has been teaching Greek dance privately to individuals/groups and has been a Greek dance consultant for over 10 years. Anthoula is now also performing dances from all around the world as a member of the World Dance Theatre. She has had classical ballet and modern dance training.

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Anthoula Katsimatides (playing “Anthoula”) is a proud member of SAGAFTRA & AEA. She loves acting but also dances, produces, does voice-over and commercial work. Off-Broadway debut in June 2012 in “Murder in The First” with The Director’s Company at 59E59th. Recent plays: “Korach” with The Living Theatre, “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” at St. Luke’s Theater & “Bite the Apple” at The Director’s Company. Her on-screen film debut was in Academy Award winning director Ang Lee's “Taking Woodstock”. Be sure to catch her in Luc Besson’s “Malavita” opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. TV appearances: “Damages”, “Big Lake”, “In Treatment”. She currently signed on as Associate Producer of the documentary Olympia Dukakis: Undefined.  Her autobiographical solo piece, called “What Will People Say?” is currently in development.  Anthoula also has her own radio show every other Thursday night on 91.5FM at 7pm called “Color Your Life”! She is proud of the JaM Foundation for Life, created in memory of her loving brothers, John and Michael. She dedicates this show to them and their wonderful spirits! OPA!


Visit www.jamfoundation.org and www.ANTHOULA.com