Theodoros Kostidakis

Dramatherapist & Shadow Puppeteer

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Theodoros is a dramatherapist (MA Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and a shadow puppeteer (Greek traditional Karaghiozis) based in London. He also has a first degree and MA in architecture. 

Theodoros currently works as a therapist for two primary schools with students with special social, emotional and mental health needs, as well as for the Refugee Council with unaccompanied children and adolescents seeking asylum in the UK.

As a shadow puppeteer and drama facilitator, Theodoros has presented several performances and workshops, combining the art of shadow theatre with storytelling, drama, music, voicework and visual arts; for children, adolescents and adults, in Greece, Cyprus and the UK. 

From 2004 to 2011, Theodoros was a volunteer at 'Pathways of Life' in Athens, offering drama workshops to socially excluded children. http ://www.dromoi-zois.gr/en/ 

Since 2014, he has been working with unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees in Cyprus, Greece and the UK; using process drama, shadow puppetry, storytelling, story-making, visual arts, theatre of the oppressed and dramatherapy. 

Throughout his whole work, Theodoros uses stories, shadows, symbols and metaphors, to invite people to form connections; relating both with others and also with different parts of themselves. 

Along these lines, Theodoros has presented his work at several conferences, hosted by organisations such as: 

-the British Association of Dramatherapists: Echoing shadows, with Antigone Ikkos-Serrano/ BADth Conference 2018; 

-University of South Wales: Prince Ring, with Chance Marshall / Storytelling for Refuge - Storytelling as Refuge 2018; 

-the Royal Anthropological Institute and the British Museum: Shadows of Culture in Traditional Greek Shadow Puppetry / Art, Materiality and Representation 2018; among others.

In 2018, Theodoros presented a workshop with Elena Skreka, called "Shadows' Playground" on the combination of shadow play and physical theatre in dramatherapy, at PPLG in Thessaloniki.