Maria Karananou was born in Athens. Graduate of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens (2001) and of the Faculty of Early Childhood Education (2007). MA in Applied Drama ((Theatre in Education and Theatre as Social Intervention), University of Exeter, UK (2003 – 2004).
She has attended various workshops on “Theatre and Drama in Education”. She worked for the creation of a Contemporary Map of Greek Theatre, a program funded by the National Center for Theatre and Dance. She is a Member of the Committee for the State Prize of Theatre Plays for Children (201 & 2014). She has worked as a theatre teacher in primary education. Since 2002 she has been working in the National Theatre.