Natalie Katsou is a theatre director and a writer. She studied theatre (BA Theatre Studies) at the National University of Athens, graduating with distinction in 2010, having already obtained her law degree from the University of Athens in 2005. She took her acting degree (BA) at Delos Hatoupi Acting School. She took her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre Directing at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, under the Alexis Minotis Scholarship, granted by the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. She is currently a PhD student in Philosophy of Theatre and Drama. She lives and works as a theatre director and a drama lecturer in London. Natalie is the Artistic Director of the contemporary opera company Operaview.
Natalie has written plays both in Greek (The Wedding Dress – for the Empty Space at the Experimental Stage, National Theatre of Greece, 2006, Elisabeth, spirit on fire- for Athens Theatre Action Festival 2007, Seabed- for the Greek Playwriting Festival at Aggelwn Vima, Athens, 2017) and in English (Minotau’ for Fourth Monkey Company, Edinburgh Fringe 2012, In between lives for Arcola Youth Theatre 2013, Fox-Tales - commissioned by St. Paul Prep School 2014 and Flying Asparagus, inspired by Asperger’s Syndrome, presented at the Blue Elephant Theatre 2011 and published by Vakxikon Publ. 2014, Commodity for the Greek Voices Festival by Theatre Lab Company at Riverside Studios, 2014, later translated in Greek and invited to the Analogio Festival 2017 at Theatre Technis in Athens, directed by Lilly Meleme, and then transferred to Cacoyiannis Foundation, December 2017-January 2019).
She has published the following poetry collections: Magodos (Kastaniotis Publ. 2008- nominated for the DIAVAZO Literature Prize), Cochlea (Kedros Publ. 2012- nominated for the ANAGNOSTIS Literature Prize) and Nymfalidae (Kedros Publ. 2015). Her poems have been translated in English by Yiannis Goumas, in French by Michel Volkovitch and in Spanish by Mario Dominguez Parra. Her poetry features in magazines such as POIHSI and poihtiki and in various e-zines such as poeticanet.gr, e-poema, Mediterranean.nu, Quarterly Review a.o. Her latest poetry work features alongside photos by Yiannis Katsaris in the collaborative poetry/photography book The Desert Behind, inspired by Morocco, launching at The Hellenic Centre in London in March 2019.
In between Lives, 2013
Flying Asparagus, 2009
Elisabeth, a Spirit on Fire, 2007
The Wedding Dress, 2006