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Mrs. Lydia Koniordou was born in Athens.
She studied English literature at the Athens' University. She graduated from the National Theatre Drama School, in combination with parallel studies in music and dance.
As an actress, she has interpreted major roles, both classical and contemporary, in Greece and abroad, collaborating with the National Theatre, the Karolos Koun Art Theatre, the Municipal Theatres of Larissa, Volos, Patras, as well as with the Chatelet Theater in Paris, Teatro Piccolo in Milan and many other.
She has worked with eminent theatre directors such as Karolos Koun, Alexis Minotis, Kostas Tsianos, Lefteris Voyatzis, Sotiris Chatzakis, Robert Wilson, Alexander Vassiliev, Yannis Kokkos and others.
As a director, besides contemporary plays, she staged many ancient Greek tragedies, for the National Theatre, the Municipal Theatres of Larissa and Volos, the Athens Conservatory and for the Getty Museum in California.
For her work and overall contribution in this field, she has been awarded the Karolos Koun and the Critics Awards.
As a pedagogue, focusing mainly on the ancient Greek drama, she has taught at the National School of Drama, at the Theatrical Studies Departments of both the Athens and Thessaloniki Universities, as well as at teaching seminars in Greece and abroad. She thus taught and directed ancient Greek drama performances at the New York University, at Binghamton N.Y., at Oxford, and at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.
She has served as artistic director of the Municipal Theatres of Volos and Patras.
Mrs. Koniordou assumed the post of Minister of Culture and Sports of the Hellenic Republic on November 2016.