Irini is an actress with an MA in Stage Direction (University of Thessaloniki, Lassaâd École Internationale de Théâtre, Brussels). Her interest and activism in intersectional feminisms and social inequalities also led her to obtain an MA in Sociology (University of Crete). She has worked as a theatre teacher in primary schools for children with various disabilities, and, in collaboration with several institutions (Hellenic Network of Theatre in Education, Centre for Gender Research - University of Crete, et.al) Irini has used her experience and academic background to participate in and create performances and educational programs to raise awareness of racism and gender stereotypes for youths and adults.
Passionate about learning and challenging herself in unknown territories, Irini often travels around Europe to meet grassroot feminist groups, learn new theatrical techniques, or just for the joy of meeting new people and diverse cultures! Irini deeply believes in the necessity of feminism in contemporary societies and the transformational power of theatre. Her fellowship in the START program in 2019 came as a great opportunity to gain experience in cultural management and expand her tools in the field of social culture, helping her meet her aim to combine feminist practices with education and theatre in order to empower women* in rural areas of Crete.