Today we’d like to introduce you to Yulie Archontaki.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Yulie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Greece but have traveled, lived, studied and taught all around the world!
My artistic background includes advanced studies in music, an IDB1 Flamenco & Spanish Dance Diploma, a BA Honors and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre….and years of experience on stage!
Throughout my travels and my presence in the United States for the past seven years, I had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned directors like Emmy nominated John Howarth and award-winning companies like the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Unbound Productions, The Rogue Ensemble and the Actor’s Gang.
The first film I was cast in as a Flamenco dancer, ‘Mary Jane’, directed by John Howarth, won the best musical at the Oregon Independent Film Festival in 2016. After that, I was involved in a number of productions, many of which were my own inspirations and initiatives, in collaborations with a great team of creatives!
As an ensemble member of Fiasco! Physical Theatre, I acted and produced ‘Death and the Fool’ for the Hollywood Fringe 2019, which received the Encore! Producers Award. (a promo of which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BceoQDZnlu8)
Three years ago, I created a Theatre Program for second and third-generation Greek – American kids, designed specifically for them to learn the Greek language via theatre. The program has been running successfully for the past three years at the Huffington Center in Normandie Avenue.
In my spare time, I play music with my clown band ‘Bandista Clowniska’ and I write and illustrate children’s stories!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Every new beginning equals new challenges! Simply because it forces us to exit our comfort zone. The secret is to replace the word ‘struggle’ with the word ‘challenge’. This is where the game begins! I have lived in Europe, Asia and the United States and every time, I had to adapt to a new environment, a new culture and a new way of thinking and it’s not the language barrier that creates difficulties because 93% of our communication is nonverbal. But, being able to adapt in different environments creates a very fertile ground for new experiences and new career and life opportunities.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I can not describe myself as one thing, professionally speaking. I am an actor, a director, a Flamenco dancer, a choreographer, a musician, an architect, an educator and an author of children’s books. I am all these things together and this is what sets me apart from my fellow creatives.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently involved in the creative team of writers for a series which will come out in the next few months, I am creating a short film to raise awareness against childhood sexual abuse and I am in negotiations for a feature which will come out in the next year.
I have not planned any big changes, but who knows??!!
- Website: www.yiouliarchontaki.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yulie_arch/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yiouli.archontaki
Jenny Brezinski, Anthony Arnista, LAGFF