Evelina Papoulia's Curriculum Vitae

Evelina's brief bio accounting career milestones


Evelina's Way

Evelina Papoulia is one of the most popular leading actresses in Greece with award-winning performances and collaborations with renowned artists. She is a complete artist who devotes herself to the combination of drama, dance, and music while engaging audiences with her energy, passion, and excellence.

Evelina Papoulia was born in Athens. After watching Coppélia on television at age 6, Evelina decides that she will become a ballerina. Promptly she begins ballet lessons with an extraordinarily high level of commitment and passion for that age. Her disciplined dedication to training leads her to spend her summers in London attending summer courses in the Royal Academy of Dance to perfect her technique. Her childhood dreams of becoming a principal dancer seem to come true when immediately upon her graduation from the Anna Petrova Professional Dance School and R.A.D, the Greek National Opera offers her a position as a soloist in their company. However, Evelina declines the offer and moves to New York City to study in the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and at the same time she becomes a member of the Omega Dance Company.

While in New York City, a nagging knee injury forces her to contemplate switching careers into musical theater, she studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute with acclaimed teachers like George Loros, whom Evelina credits as one of her mentors, and in the process falls in love with acting. She begins her career with roles in productions like West Side Story at The Rockwell, Marat / Sade and The Maids at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Circle of My Life at the Marilyn Monroe Theater and the short film Something is Cooking.

Not being able to renew a work permit, she is forced to return to Greece. She auditions for Aliki Vougiouklaki's production of My Fair Lady and she lands a small part. From then on her career grows exponentially with roles in both theater and television productions until she is catapulted into fame when offered the lead role in the television series Two Strangers, a romantic comedy which was to become one of the most successful tv productions ever with back to back reruns ever since the show's completion. Marina Kountouratou, the character she portrays in the series, offers her the opportunity to showcase her triple threat talents and naturally, from then on, becomes a favorite choice to star in musical productions.

Not wanting to be typecast, Evelina steers clear of roles similar to the one that made her famous and continues her career starring in dramas both in theater and television. She also stars in her first movie playing the seductive Catherine and she is awarded with a Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival. Of course, musicals are always part of her repertory with Sally Bowles in Cabaret being one of her favorite portrayals. And in 2005 she raises the bar when she takes up the challenge of directing Hedwig and The Angry Inch and starring as the title role, making her only the third actress in the world at the time to have played this amazing character.

Parallel to her acting career, she launches the rock group Zand The Band and as their lead singer, they perform around the country as well as collaborating with BLE, a popular band in Greece. Their first work though is a musical, aptly named, MuzicAll which Evelina writes, directs and choreographs. The show is met with great enthusiasm by audiences which prompts repeat performances the following season in a bigger venue. The group also composed all the original music for her next directorial effort, a play co-written by Mary Kaldara and herself. The Thirst largely deals with the pitfalls of fame and how it can entrap people in an astoundingly visual production choreographed by Evelina.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to teach in institutions like the Athens Conservatory, mostly dance, musical theater and improvization, and also serve as the Artistic Director of the Anna Petrova Professional Dance School. In her classes, Evelina has developed a new dance technique which she calls Primal Dance because it promotes natural bodily expression through the externalization of primordial movement. And of course, being the dancer that she is, Evelina also becomes the obvious choice for the judge's seat in the first two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance in Greece.

Throughout the years, no matter how successful her performances are, like the bewitching Loa, a woman scorned, in the rock opera Demons, the award-winning Victoria Grand in Victor/Victoria or the critically acclaimed Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons, Evelina never rests on her laurels. She always looks forward to the next challenge and how she can set the bar even higher. And no matter how her story will end someday, people will always say, she did it her way.

2016 - 2017 Dangerous Liaisons, Isabelle de Merteuil - lead (Alma Theater)
2016 Victor/Victoria, Victoria Grand - lead (Pantheon Theater)
2014 - 2015 Blood Wedding, Mother - lead (Apothiki Theater)
Summer 2014 Aristophanes' The Frogs, The Priestess - lead (Epidaurus Theater and Tour)
2013 - 2014 Welcome Detective Poirot, Amanda - lead (Car Museum)
2013 Demons, Loa / The Witch - lead (Pallas Theater)
2013 Agamoi Thytai at Goudi - lead (Badminton Theater)
2012 The Thirst, The Woman - lead (National Theater of Northern Greece)
2011 - 2012 Agamoi Thytai in the Public Sector - lead (National Theater of Northern Greece)
2011 That Impossible Coelho, Anna - lead (Athina Theater)
2011 Muzicall, Ex-Hell Angel - lead (Badminton Theater)
2010 - 2011 That Impossible Coelho, Anna - lead (Tour)
2009 - 2010 Muzicall, Ex-Hell Angel - lead (Dasein and Tour)
2009 Joan of Arc, Joan - lead (Athens Music Center)
2005 - 2006 Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Hedwig - lead (Club 22)
2004 - 2005 Trees Die Standing Tall, Isabel/Martha - lead (Veaki Theater)
2003 - 2005 Cabaret, Sally Bowles - lead (Veaki Theater and Club 22)
2002 - 2003 The Dinner Party, Mariette Levieux - lead (Veaki Theater)
Summer 2002 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lorelei Lee - lead (Athineon Theater)
2000 - 2001 Playing with Fire, Kerstin - lead (Neos Kosmos Theater)
1999 - 2000 Wait Until Dark, Susy Hendrix - lead (Ilissia Theater)
Summer 1999 Things We Do For Love, Nikki - lead (Lampeti Theater)
1997 - 1998 Anchors Away (National Theater)
Summer 1997, 1998 Fiddler on the Roof, Tzeitel - lead (Athineon Theater)
1997 Loot, Fay McMahon - lead (Athina Theater)
Summer 1996 Euripides' Helen (Epidaurus Theater and Tour)
1995 - 1996 Ulyssinbad (Porta Theater)
Summer 1995 West Side Story, Graziella - featured (Athineon Theater)
1994 - 1995 Some Like it Hot, Olga - featured (Vempo Theater)
1993 - 1994 My Fair Lady, Flower Girl / Maid - featured (Aliki Theater)

2015 10th Commandement (Episode Alert), Alpha
2015 10th Commandement (Episode Red), Alpha
2013 Brusko, ANT1
2012 My Mother's Sin, ANT1
2008 True Love (Episode Like A Caged Animal), Alpha
2007 Red Glasses On, Alpha
2006 10th Commandment (Episode Sleeping Beauty), Alpha
2005 10th Commandment (Episode In Deep Waters), Alpha
2004 10th Commandment (Episode No Return), Alpha
2004 10th Commandment (Episode A Minute Later), Alpha
2006 So You Think You Can Dance, Judge, Mega
2006 If You Love Me, Alpha
2006 Safe Sex (Episode The Kidnapping), Mega
2006 Honorable Cuckolds (Episode Mama's Boy), Alpha
2005 Red Room (Episode Karma), Mega
2003 Almost Never, NET
2003 You Are Such A Rascal, Mega
2002 Training Babis, ANT1
2002 Red Circle (Episode Love Is Dead), Alpha
2002 Colpo Grosso, Alpha
2001 Nirvana, Alpha
2000 Crescendo, Star
1997 Two Strangers, Mega
1996 Unusual Suspects, Mega
1996 Scorpio (Episode Carp), Mega
1995 Sophia... Standing, ANT1
1995 Raunchy Stories (Episode The Maestro), ANT1
1995 City Streets (Episode Double-dealer), ANT1
1994 Taurus with Sagittarius, ANT1
1994 Petros and His Girls (Episode Pythagorean Theorem), Mega
1994 Anatomy of A Crime (Episode The Professional), ANT1
1994 Anatomy of A Crime (Episode The Third Commandment), ANT1
1994 Vice Squad (Episode Framing), ANT1
1993 Kali... The Mother-in-Law, ANT1
1993 The Execution, ANT1

2009 Guilt (director Vassilis Mazomenos)
2007 First Time Godfather (director Olga Mallea)
2006 Illustration (director Dimitris Charitopoulos)
2004 Brides (director Pantelis Voulgaris)
2001 Bonus (director Nikos Zapatinas)
2000 In Good Company (director Nikos Zapatinas)
1999 Safe Sex (director Reppas/Papathanasiou)

2013 Anna with Passion with Evelina Papoulia and Panayotis Petrakis, Anna Vissi Concert Tour
2012 Zand The Band at Shamone
2012 Zand The Band on Tour
2011 - 2012 Zand The Band and BLE at Love Casual Living

2012 Thirst (director Evelina Papoulia)
2010 Dance Night
2009 MuzicAll (director Evelina Papoulia)
2008 Blood Brothers (director Costas Spyropoulos)
2007 Let's Keep It Between Us, Please (director Alexandros Rigas)

2012 Thirst
2009 MuzicAll
2005 - 2006 Hedwig and The Angry Inch

2012 Thirst
2009 MuzicAll

2016 Actress in a Leading Role, Athinorama Theater Awards
2016 Best Actress, Queer Theater Awards
2012 Lifetime Achievement, Avlea Theater Awards
2001 Shooting Star Award by EFP, Berlin International Film Festival
2000 Favorite TV Series Actress, Ethnos Television Awards

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