Irene Mountraki was born in Athens.
She obtained a BA, a MA and a PhD in Theatre Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Faculty of Theatre Studies). Her thesis is on “Carlo Goldoni in Greece”. She also studied Arts at the University of Milan, Italy.
She works at the National Theatre of Greece since 1999 as a special artistic collaborator and she is head of Drama, Library, Archive and International Relations Departments.
She worked for the Summer Academy of Theatre, an international post-educational artistic program from 2000 to 2009. Lead project manager to several programs. She has collaborated as a dramaturg with important directors.
She is a theatre critic and her texts, critiques and essays have been published in various editions, theatre programs and magazines in Greece and abroad. She has participated and lectured in many conferences about theatre, in Greece and abroad
Head of the research project “Mapping Contemporary Greek Theatre” aiming to the creation of a valid and updated database of theatre institutions, theatre groups, festivals, drama schools, repertory, theatre artists. The project was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture for the purpose of reforming a solid cultural policy (2008-2010).
Researcher for the Theatre Studies Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Member of the Research Laboratory “Pythagoras” compiling a complete Greek Theatre’s Bibliography. (2005-2009).
Head – Editor of the Dramaturgy Series, the Complete Works of the most important contemporary Greek playwrights of Egokeros Editing House
She taught Theatre in the Army (SAN) for five years and has directed several plays. She has taught “History and Theatre Theory” and “Dramaturgy” in Drama Schools and has directed several workshops. She has translated various texts and plays from Italian.
Since 2015 she teaches Theatre History at the Piraeus Society Drama School.
She is a member of the ITI and of the Greek Theatrologists’ Association. She served as the General Secretary of the Union of Theatre Critics for Drama and Music (2008-2011).
In 2013 she participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program on “Promoting Social Change Through the Arts” invited by the United States Department of States – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
She is Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics.
She has been a member of several Committees; among others at the present she is President of the Consultative Committee on the Theatre Grants of the Ministry of Culture.