Akis Gourzoulidis

Akis Gourzoulidis

www.akisgourzoulidis.com
Casting Director, Stage Director and Stage Manager

Athens, Greece

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About Akis

Akis Gourzoulidis was born and raised in Athens. He has 19 years of experience working as an assistant or associate director and/or stage manager in various types of theater productions and other ventures, such as Olympiads. He also has 15 years of experience working as a casting director for cinema and TV.
His first contact with art was when he studied music at the Greek National Conservatory. Since then he has taken courses in theatre at NYU and film at New York College. Some of his job titles working in theater productions, besides assistant or associate director and stage manager, are show caller, assistant production manager, music supervisor, sound designer, and casting director.
Akis’ varied and long experience in theater is evident from his taking on projects across genres such as postmodern theatre, dance theater, musical theatre,‎ opera, and children’s theatre. He has also worked for various performances, corporate events, concerts and award ceremonies. Two of these projects were the celebrated international events of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens.
In his role as casting director, he has had the opportunity to work with several distinguished, and also upcoming, film directors in short films, features, and TV. The vast experience he has acquired from his work in theater over the years has endowed him with a deep understanding of actors and their craft which makes him an invaluable asset in film productions during casting.

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  • Annual Conference "GERMANOS"

    Annual Conference "GERMANOS" (2013 - 2019)
    Industrial by Amuse Concept Events / Director Memi Koupa Show Caller | Stage Manager 2013 | Athens Arena Concert & Congress Hall, 2014 | Olympic Velodrome, 2015 | Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall (Tae Kwon Do Hall), 2016 | Olympic Velodrome, 2017 | Olympic Velodrome, 2019 | Athens College

  • Christmas Tales at the Lighthouse

    Christmas Tales at the Lighthouse (2018 - 2019)
    Theater by Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Stage Manager In Christmas, SNFCC's Lighthouse becomes a dreamland, staged by Yorgos Nanouris. Popular musical and theatrical artists invite us to enjoy holiday tales for both young and old.

  • Ioannis Kapodistrias, his life and work

    Ioannis Kapodistrias, his life and work (2019)
    TV Mini Casting director

  • Basil

    Basil (2019)
    Film (short) by Vangelis Serfas Casting director

  • O prigipas tis fotias

    O prigipas tis fotias (2018)
    TV Series Casting department

  • The Maids

    The Maids (2018)
    Theater by Cezaris Graužinis Assistant Director Neos Kosmos Theatre

  • 3000

    3000 (2016)
    Film (short) by Ficino Films / Director Antonis Tsonis (Drama and Short) Casting director When Leon's best friend Ari shares tragic news about his battle with cancer, unemployed and desperate to help, Leon decides to become a criminal to pay for more cancer treatments. 22-year-old Leon is determined not to allow financial hardship to stand before Ari's life. Against the backdrop of contemporary Athens, Greece, Leon's actions to save his best friend have irreversible consequences.

  • Outview Film Festival 2016 | Closing Ceremony/Award Show

    Outview Film Festival 2016 | Closing Ceremony/Award Show (2016)
    Theater by Director Akis Gourzoulidis Director | Show Caller

  • Greece A Cry

    Greece A Cry (2016)
    Dance by Eleni Mylona Production Stage Manager Greece -A cry, is a short length piece that uses movement, sound and text , to explore Greek identity, in the time of the big crisis. The crisis is financial,psychological, and social and the piece explores different layers of it, in relation to the present time. The now. A now that relates to the past and is reflected in the future. An aggressive now, that hurts, but also a nostalgic now, that remembers ''the carefree summers under the hot sun with a watermelon in your hand''

  • La Prairie Switzerland | Global Marketing Meeting

    La Prairie Switzerland | Global Marketing Meeting (2016)
    Industrial by Horizon Travel - DMC & Events Show Caller Grand Resort Lagonissi, Greece

  • Silent

    Silent (2015)
    Film by Feelgood Entertainment / Director Yorgos Gkikapeppas (Drama) Casting director A young woman's lonely struggle to bring her voice back provokes her close persons' hysteria since they can't forgive her silent controversy. The heroine's denial causes a deep crisis into her intellectual family. The film unfolds by her meetings with her familiars in the old empty house where a forgotten diary of wounds and guilts is being revealed. The characters stand furious in front of the heroine's traumatic silence until the moment her mother decides to give an end to her daughter's isolation. The "revolutionary" family is shaken and conflicted, as a miniature of a generation who defended the right of free speech, but now stands in fear against the dispute of the charismatic yet silent child that it has created. Written by Yorgos Gkikapeppas

  • Spring Awakening

    Spring Awakening (2015)
    Film by CL Productions, Greek Film Center, Nova, Odeon / Director Constantine Giannaris (Thriller) Casting director A story of five teenagers who are setting up an armed gang: a mosaic of love, lost relationships, betrayal and nihilism, that takes place in a declining city, where everything is collapsing within the economic and social crisis.

  • Mary Wants a Purple Dress

    Mary Wants a Purple Dress (2015)
    Film by Real Eyes Productions / Director Alki Politi (Short) Casting director Having been locked up indefinitely deep below the ground, Mary will rise through her own ashes and will begin the pursuit of her lost nature.

  • Amore Mio

    Amore Mio (2015)
    Film by Film Group, Mega Channel, Nova, Odeon, View Master Films, Word of Mouth / Director Christos Dimas (Comedy and Romance) Casting director The extramarital adventures of a female volleyball team coach, a best friend and a buddy who fall in love at the same gynaikara, a hopelessly mismatched relationship between eteronymon and post-marital searches a marriage of disaster entangled in the most unexpected way!

  • King Lear | W. Shakespeare

    King Lear | W. Shakespeare (2015)
    Theater by Pandur Theaters / Director Tomaz Pandur (Drama) Casting Director | Assistant Director The weakness of King Lear to be swayed by his vanity and anger gives rise to his daughter Cordelia becoming a victim of an injustice. On the contrary, his other daughters Goneril and Regan exploit the King´s weakness to seize power and unleash their innermost passions: disloyalty, betrayal, torture, lust, infidelity and murder. The destruction of the family brings with it the destruction of society, the whole order falters. This stage production by Tomaz Pandur reflects on philosophical issues, it is a dream about the decadence and decline of the world. A brutal play, full of disasters and seemingly senseless cruelty that questions the justice, truth, loyalty, morality and ethics in the world. Revealing the basic understanding of what it means to be human; needs, memories, dreams, visions and our connection with nature and the universe. Direction | Tomaz Pandur Adaptation, Dramaturg | Livija Pandur Translation | George Kimoulis Set designer | Sven Jonke Costume Design | Felype de Lima Music | Silence Video designer | Dorijan KolundÃ�¾ija Light designer | Juan Gomez Cornejo Sound designer | Mariano Garcia Photographer | AljoÃ�¡a Rebolj Technical manager | Antreas Paravas Casting & Assistant Director | Akis Gourzoulidis 2nd Assistant director | Konstantinos Tzathas Assistant costume designer | Cristina Martinez Martin, Sofia Nikolaidou Children coach | Anna Athanassiadi CAST King Lear | George Kimoulis Fool | Argiris Pantazaras Goneril | Stefania Goulioti Regan | Kora Karvouni Cordelia | Pinelopi Tsilika Earl of Gloucester | George Gallos Edmund | Prometheus Aliferopoulos Edgar | Harry Tzortzakis Adamandia & Zeta Mastrodouka | Zoi & Michaela Petraki Nikoleta Faltseta | Vicky Rene Vronska Chatziliar

  • THA SE PARO NA FYGOUME | A. Pyriohos

    THA SE PARO NA FYGOUME | A. Pyriohos (2013)
    Theater by Badminton Theatre / Director Fokas Evagelinos Assistant Director

  • King Kong

    King Kong (2013)
    Film by Marni Films / Director Nikolaos Kyritsis (Drama, Family and Short) Casting director Born on 1988 in Athens Zoo and abandoned by his mother, silver-back gorilla Ivo has never been able to mate. Now he needs to be transferred to another zoo. KING KONG is a story about a 50 years old man, working in the Zoo while taking care of his bedridden mother. Unable to form any type of relationship and express his sexuality, he will go down the path of violence and despair.

  • I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva

    I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva (2013)
    Film by Guanaco, Greek Film Center, Hellenic Radio & Television (ERT), Stefi Films, Barrandov Studios, 2/35 / Director Elina Psikou (Drama) Actor Anthonis arrives in a hotel near the sea. It is winter, the hotel is closed and Anthonis wanders alone. It seems to have all the time with him. Until television announced the disappearance of the famous journalist Antonis Paraskevas.

  • Iphigenia in Aulis | Euripides

    Iphigenia in Aulis | Euripides (2013)
    Theater by Athens & Epidaurus Festival / Director Maria Protopappa Associate Director | Music Supervisor A clownish king with serious ambitions; a queen without a kingdom; a princess without a clue; a worm-like king-maker; a nice-guy-superhero; all of them sprung up by the sea in a place once booming and full of life, but now deserted. Outside of time, they relive the myth we have all heard, seen and read; they hope to work out who is to blame, but also to find some way to join forces and change tragedy into ''cheerful'' mourning!

  • Miss Julie | A. Strindberg

    Miss Julie | A. Strindberg (2012)
    Theater by Athens & Epidaurus Festival / Director Dimitris Lignadis Associate Director August Strindberg wrote Miss Julie (1888) in search of ''a new form for the new content, the new wine that will blow the old bottles apart'', and his no-holds-barred struggle between two classes, two genders and two mentalities would cause a scandal. The production enshrines Dimitris Lignadis' edgy take on the work. In the role of Jean, he joins forces with Stefania Goulioti as Julie to explore their fathomless relationship in the Festival's homage to the playwright in the centenary of his death.

  • Parking

    Parking (2012)
    Dance by Michael Cacoyannis Foundation / Director Lia Tsolaki Associate Director A makeshift park throughout the year. Those who live there have built their own world, their own little society. Passing from one season to the next, they trace a perpetual circular movement. These people's personal journeys meet and sometimes lead them into a race, against eachother or against themselves, in a park that looks like a battlefield, in a park that looks like life.

  • The Merry Widow | F. Lehar

    The Merry Widow | F. Lehar (2012)
    Theater by Greek National Opera / Director Dimitris Lignadis Assistant Director

  • 20 Years Phoebus | Pop Galla Concert

    20 Years Phoebus | Pop Galla Concert (2012)
    Music by Spicy Music / Directed by Fokas Evagelinos Assistant Director 24/9/2011 | Olympic Stadium

  • 8th Pan-Hellenic Festival of Pontian Dances

    8th Pan-Hellenic Festival of Pontian Dances (2012)
    Dance by Director Costas Gavras Show Caller | Stage Manager 90 years of the Pyrrhic Dance | Olympic Indoor Sports Center (O.A.C.A.)

  • Christmas at City Link

    Christmas at City Link (2012)
    Industrial by City Link / Concept & Production: Land Of Light Casting director City Link | Athens, Greece

  • Paradeisos

    Paradeisos (2011)
    Film by Pan Entertainment, Greek Film Center, Homemade Films, Multichoice Hellas-Nova, Cinefilm Athens Lab, Hellenic Radio & Television (ERT) / Director Panayotis Fafoutis (Romance) Casting director Four stories of searching love in the chaos and colors of the carnival.

  • Special Olympics World Summer Games | Opening & Closing Ceremonies

    Special Olympics World Summer Games | Opening & Closing Ceremonies (2011)
    Theater by Director Fokas Evagelinos 1st Assistant Director The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games was a sporting event held from June, 25th 2011- July, 4th 2011 in Athens, Greece. The opening ceremony of the games took place on 25 June 2011 at the Panathenaic Stadium and the closing ceremony was held on 4 July 2011. "Over 7,500" athletes, from 185 countries, competed in a total of twenty-two sports.

  • I poli ton paidion

    I poli ton paidion (2011)
    Film by Film Society, Nova, White Balance, Graal / Director Yorgos Gkikapeppas (Drama) Casting director The arrival of children, as seen through the stories of four different couples, just when a pregnancy comes along and conflicts with their lives. A marital crisis becomes a family tragedy; a mad man's gun forces a young couple to reconsider a premature pregnancy; a long struggle of in-vitro fertilizations brings together and forces apart two sterile women who have shared the same man; and a young Iraqi immigrant, all alone in her apartment, is forced to give birth to her child with the help of her Greek stalker and next door neighbor. The stories unfold within a day and collide in a violent and fatal incident. Written by Cineuropa AWARDS 52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Nov. 4 -13, 2011) FIPRESCI AWARDS / THE GREEK FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (PEKK) AWARD Greek Films Section: The City Of Children by Yorgos Gikapeppas HELLENIC FILM ACADEMY AWARDS 2012 Best Actress - Kika Georgiou Best Script - Yorgos Gikapeppas Best Special Effects & Groundbreaking Achievement in Filmmaking - Yorgos & Argyris Alachouzos ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 Best Newcomer for a Greek Actress: Kika Georgiou in "The City of Children"​

  • Geia sou Anesti

    Geia sou Anesti (2011)
    Film by Hellenic Radio & Television (ERT) / Director Dimitris Kanellopoulos (Short) Casting director

  • O babas mou, o Lenin kai o Freddy

    O babas mou, o Lenin kai o Freddy (2011)
    Film by Guanaco, Hellenic Radio & Television (ERT), Graal / Director Rinio Dragasaki (Drama, Fantasy, Thriller and Short) Casting director During the 80's, in Athens, a nine year old girl gradually loses touch with her workaholic communist father. She fantasies that Vladimir Lenin wants to harm him. Things get worse when the American movie maniac, Freddy Krueger join forces with the Russian.

  • Amadeus | P. Shafer

    Amadeus | P. Shafer (2010)
    Theater by Dimitris Lignadis Associate Director | Music & Sound Design

  • Amen

    Amen (2008 - 2010)
    Dance by X-it Dancetheater Stage Manager | Show Caller 2010 in Larnaca | Cyprus and 2008 in Athens | Greece

  • 4

    4 (2009 - 2010)
    Television by Christopher Papakaliatis | Yorgos Gkikapeppas | Sergios Konstantinidis (Drama) Casting director The lives of four brothers, Petros, Alkis, Basilis and Aris.

  • A Professional | D. Kovacevis

    A Professional | D. Kovacevis (2009)
    Theater by Director Pigi Dimitrakopoulou Assistant Director

  • To 10

    To 10 (2007 - 2008)
    Television by Pigi Dimitrakopoulou (Drama and Romance) Casting director The most mature work of m.Karagatsis comes to life with one of the best casts ever to work for a greek mini-series.

  • Medea | L. Cherubini

    Medea | L. Cherubini (2007)
    by Athens & Epidaurus Festival / Director Yannis Kokkos Assistant Director This production of Luigi Cherubini's Medea to be staged at the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre is the climax of the Tribute to Maria Callas organised by the Hellenic Festival to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of "La Divina". The role of Medea remained in Callas repertoire for nine years, and she sang the part 31 times. It was at this very venue, in 1961, that Callas enjoyed her final, triumphant Greek appearance, performing the title role in the renowned production of Medea directed by Alexis Minotis and with sets and costumes by Yannis Tsarouchis, a production taken to La Scala the following year. Medea is to be played at this year's Epidaurus Festival by the Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci under the direction of the renowned Greek Yannis Kokkos, who triumphed with the same work in France.

  • The 38th Thessaloniki Song Festival

    The 38th Thessaloniki Song Festival (2006)
    Music by ERT S.A. HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION / Director Akis Stamatiadis Assistant Director (PAOK Sports Arena)

  • O gios tou fylaka

    O gios tou fylaka (2006)
    Film by CL Productions, Greek Film Center, Massive Productions, Nova / Director Dimitris Koutsiambassakos (Drama) Casting director Markos, an ambitious young journalist on a provincial television channel is trying to retrieve a gun stolen from his Candid Camera-type show. His search leads him in the dead of winter to his mother's neck of the woods, one of the abandoned villages on the southwestern slopes of Mount Pindos. In his attempt to get the gun back he comes up against Elias, a strange young man who is the son of the guardian of the village. Their clash will have unforeseen results both for the two young men and for the few inhabitants of the village.

  • Games of the XXVII Olympiad | Opening & Closing Ceremony

    Games of the XXVII Olympiad | Opening & Closing Ceremony (2004)
    Theater by Director Dimitris Papaioannou Stage Manager The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home. 10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports. Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. 2004 marked the return of the games to the city where they began.

  • Paizei o Theos me to alatopipero...

    Paizei o Theos me to alatopipero... (2004)
    Film by Alexandros Aristopoulos (Romance) Casting director Fotini and Manolis encounter problems in their relationship. Fotini confides in her best friend Eleni her thoughts and feelings for Manolis, while in the same time another person enters the scene. Stamatis, a taxi driver and amateur photographer, discreetly tries to approach Fotini after having accidentaly photographed her during his night shift. However a sudden event will make them face their fears and change their lives for ever... Written by Anonymous

  • Alithini zoi

    Alithini zoi (2004)
    Film by Program 33, Argonauts Productions S.A., FilmNet, Greek Film Center, PPV Athens, Strada Productions / Director Panos H. Koutras (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Casting director Aris, 27 years old, returns home after a long journey... His mother, an eccentric and lonely woman lives together with her secretary, Sylvia and her loyal gardener mute Christos. Her house is famous not only for its view in Acropolis but also for his pool: the deepest in Europe. Determined to leave behind his past and start a new life, Aris, will search the secret of his youth, he will fall in love with a poor girl, Alexandra and he will confront his own ghosts. In the meanwhile a fire turns Athens into a living hell...

  • Baba... min xanapethaneis Paraskevi (Die Another Day) | A. Rigas & D. Apostolou

    Baba... min xanapethaneis Paraskevi (Die Another Day) | A. Rigas & D. Apostolou (2004)
    Theater by Ivi Theater / Director Alexandros Rigas Associate Director

  • T.E.L.O.S.

    T.E.L.O.S. (2003)
    Theater by 11th Biennale: Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean Countries / Created & Directed by Jenny Argyriou, Euripides Laskaridis Show Caller | Stage Manager

  • Michalis Delta Concert

    Michalis Delta Concert (2003)
    Music by Rodon Live Concert Hall / Director Memi Koupa Stage Manager

  • 35 hours non-stop Art Act

    35 hours non-stop Art Act (2002)
    Theater by Fournos Center for the Art and the New Technology Artistic Director

  • When the go-go dancers dance | E. Pega

    When the go-go dancers dance | E. Pega (2002)
    Theater by Tribal Booze / Director Elena Pega Assistant Director | Show Caller | Stage Manager

  • Nichterines Ptisis (Night Flights): A tribute to A. de Saint-Exupary

    Nichterines Ptisis (Night Flights): A tribute to A. de Saint-Exupary (2002)
    Theater by Athens Concert Hall / Director Thomas Moschopoulos Assistant Director

  • The Professional |  D. Kovacevis

    The Professional | D. Kovacevis (2002)
    Theater by Karolos Koun's Art Theatre / Director Mimis Kougioumtzis Assistant Director / Music & Sound Design (based on music by G. Bregovic)

  • Pterodactyls | N. Silver

    Pterodactyls | N. Silver (2000)
    Theater by Athinon Theatre / Director Barbara Mavromati Assistant Director

  • The Blue Room | D. Hare

    The Blue Room | D. Hare (2000)
    Theater by Lambeti Theatre / Director Barbara Mavromati Assistant Director

  • State Film Awards 2000 | 41th International Thessaloniki Film Festival

    State Film Awards 2000 | 41th International Thessaloniki Film Festival (2000)
    Theater by Vassiliko Theatre / Director Michalis Makris Assistant Production Manager

  • The Emperor's New Clothes | E. Pega

    The Emperor's New Clothes | E. Pega (1999)
    Theater by Club +Soda (Art Zone) / Director Konstantinos Rigos, Elena Pega, Manthos Santorineos Assistant Director

  • The Boxing Ring

    The Boxing Ring (1999)
    Dance by Dancetheater Oktana / Director Konstantinos Rigos Stage Manager

  • State Film Awards 1999 | 40th International Thessaloniki Film Festival

    State Film Awards 1999 | 40th International Thessaloniki Film Festival (1999)
    Theater by National Theater of Northen Greece / Director Konstantinos Rigos Assistant Director | Stage Manager

  • The Love for Three Oranges | C. Gozzi

    The Love for Three Oranges | C. Gozzi (1998)
    Theater by National Theater of Greece / Director Carmen Rougeri Assistant Director (assistant director & participating actor for the performances in Herod Atticus Odeum)

  • Rules of the Game | L. Pirandello

    Rules of the Game | L. Pirandello (1998)
    Theater by Kefallinias Theatre / Director Minos Volanakis Assistant Director

  • La Grande Magia | E. De Fillipo

    La Grande Magia | E. De Fillipo (1998)
    Theater by Aliki Theatre / Director Minos Volanakis Assistant Director

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