About

Eleni C. Konstantatou, born in Athens 1985. Her first toy was her father’s Rollei-flex and during the weekend sleepovers she used to dress up with her friends and make up quick theatre sketches. She studied Graphic Design and Photography, holds a Bachelor of Honors in Visual Communication from Akto School of Applied Arts and Design in Athens/Middlesex University of London and a Masters Degree in Set Design & Scenic Space from TU Berlin.

Meanwhile, as the institution of the Athens & Epidaurus festival revived, she started developing an interest in theatre. Being inspired after seeing works from theatre companies like the Schaubühne, the Wooster Group, Pina Bausch, the Need Company, she decided to join a deviced physical theatre group called Pulse, in order to explore her interest in theatre in a more round way. While her interest around theatre and new theatre forms was growing stronger and stronger, she applied for the Set Design and Scenic Space Masters Program of Berlin’s Technological Institute, where she got accepted and started her Masters in 2010. During her Master studies she did her Intership in Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz and presented her first work in Set, Costume & Video Design in ”Talk to me like the rain and let me listen” by Tennessee Williams, after a Recidency in Künstlerhaus Bethanien and under the mentorship of her Professors Marsha Ginsberg and Heiko Kalmbach.

Directly after her Masters’ Presentation, a summer theatre Performance Installation ”Hamlet, die blaue Stunde”, inspired from the work of her beloved theatre company ”The Wooster Group” she joined the Set & Costume Design Team of the National Theatre of Germany in Bauhaus, Weimar, where she worked as fest Set, Costume & Video Design Assistant from November 2012 until April 2015. Since April 2015 she is fest at the Set Design Team of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. She has worked as an assistant set designer with Directors and Set Designers such as David Alden, Graham Vick, Marsha Ginsberg, Heike Vollmer, Rodrigo Garcia, David Hermann, Christof Hetzer, Giles Cadle, Annette Kurz, Johannes Leiacker, Rainer Sellmaeir. Since the Summer Saison of 16/17 she has worked at the Salzburger Festspiele under the Team of Athina Rachel Tsangari for Wedekind’s Monstertragedy ”Lulu”, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart under the Team of Peter Konwitschnny for ”Medea” and designed her own Sets and Costumes for ”Spring Awakening” for the Staatstheater Münster.

In March 2018 Eleni Konstantatou has won with Carmen Kruse the Opera Contest of Akademie Musiktheater Heute of the Deutsche Bank Stiftung, in cooperation with the Festspielen Baden Baden & the Philharmonie of Berlin and will be presenting the world Premiere of ”Clara” based on the life and work of Clara Schumann, Composition/Libretto Victoria Bond at the Osterfestspiele Baden Baden in April 2019.

In September 2019 her team, with Anika Rutkofsky in opera direction and Johanna Danhauser in dramaturgy, has been announced to be one of the 9 teams out of 126 teams with 326 participants from 32 nations, to present their concept for “Don Giovanni” for Semifinals of the International Opera Direction, Set & Costume Design Contest Ring Award in Graz, Austria, where they won a position to the Finals presenting their “Don Giovanni” in Graz at the 27th of June 2021.

Since October 2019 Eleni Konstantatou is happy to be part of the Greek National Opera Team, working there as a Set Design Supervisor and continues to work as a freelancer Set & Costume designer between Athens, GR and Berlin, DE.