Theatre Award – Jenny Arsenis
When talent is combined with knowledge, but also passion and effort, then it greats and communicates all over the world Greece, spirit, art and high aesthetics.
It has been praised by the public and critics at the ends of the earth.
From the San Francisco Chronicles, which wrote that “this is a new director bathed in glory,” to the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, she has honored and honored our country and its art as few.
She is Jenny Arsenis, Director-Theatrologist-Writer and Doctor of Aesthetic Philosophy.
A graduate of Arsakeios Psychikos, a graduate and fellow, she studied Theatrics and Direction at the University of London, with postgraduate studies in Philosophy at University College London and her doctoral thesis in Aesthetic Philosophy, Opera and Ancient Tragedy at the University of London, Royal Holloway.
She continued in the U.S. scientific research and Opera Direction in the Department of Musicology at Boston University. He also studied Film Directing at the New York Film Academy in New York, studies in music theory and piano (Attica Conservatory, Music Department – Royal Holloway University of London), as well as studies in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Physical Theatre and Acting.
At just 26 years old, she directed Mendelssohn’s Antigone at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in a BBC Proms production, directed by the great conductor Richard Hickox. The show, in its own conception and drama, gave it bipartisan reviews from the foreign press, was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and its reputation transcended the boundaries of Britain. It wasn’t just the UK newspapers that were quoted with flattering comments on the show and the young director.
Mendelssohn’s Antigone expert, a well-known German classicist, Professor Hellmut Flashar, wrote: “I must confess that I have never seen and heard a performance of Mendelssohn’s Antigone, more convincing than yours.”
On 25 June 2004 he invited Jenny Arsenis to the Antikenfestpiele Ancient Drama Festival in Trier, Germany, where she was honoured with a distinction.
In 2007, she was selected among 800 artists from around the world to direct the “Grand Finale” at the San Francisco Opera Center. A composition of 20 great operas, presented on the occasion of the completion of half a century of life of the great American Opera With the Orchestra of the San Francisco Opera. For her specific work, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote:
“Jenny Arsenis directed the Grand Finale show with the greatest insight and skill I can remember since watching this event. […] It’s not just the vocal talents that will shine in the future.”
Two years later, she returns to California, successfully directing Mozart’s opera, “Figaro’s Weddings.”
Her performances are well known in New York, where she is invited by the Center for Contemporary Opera to direct two American operas and very soon takes up the position of Dramatist. From then until today, Jenny Arsenis lists many directories in New York and Milwaukee, where her performance “El Cimarron” at the Skylight Music Theatre takes the top spot for the 2013-2014 theatrical season.
In the summer of 2015 she received the honorary invitation to open with her performance the International Festival of University Theatre of Casablanca in Morocco. Drama consultant at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York from 2012 to the present day.
As director and dramatist he collaborates with international institutions such as: Royal Albert Hall, San Francisco Opera, Oakland Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera, Skylight Music Theatre, but also with Greek institutions: Athens Concert Hall, State Theatre B. Greece, National Theatre, Hellenic American Union, Goethe Institute, Hellenic Contemporary Music Complex, etc. He has also collaborated with Educational Television as a screenwriter and scientific consultant on documentaries.
She has been responsible for the Coordination and Dramatology of the Experimental Opera since the beginning of its creation, under the artistic direction of the conductor Thodoros Antonios (2004-2011
She taught Directing in the Department of Theatrical Studies of the University of Peloponnese (2007-2012), Melodramatic in the Department of Music Studies of the Ionian University, the National Conservatory and the Athens Conservatory (2009-2015). She is in charge of Melodramatic at the Contemporary Conservatory of Athens, studying Minor in Theater and Performance at Hellenic American University and teaching in the Postgraduate Program of Theatrical Studies of the Open University of Cyprus. He is a founding member of the international body Artivism Drives Democracy for art and social change.
She also studied Cinema at the New York Film Academy and studied piano, theory and dance to this day. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Theatre of Northern Greece, President of the Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre Institute, Curator of Public Relations of the Panhellenic Scientific Association of Theatrologists and is elected representative of the Society of Greek Directors to the Association of European Directors (FERNA).