Anthony Thomas Ashiotis was born in Nicosia . His mother is half English – half Irish whilst his father is Greek Cypriot .
He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and runs his own firm of auditors, accountants and consultants since 1990 which firm is well known and highly awarded, based in Nicosia and with clients based worldwide (www.ashiotis.com.cy) .
He has over many years been involved in charity work especially as President of Rotaract Nicosia and Rotary Nicosia. He loves theater and has performed in both small and leading roles in quite a number of theatrical plays ( mostly comedies) and always for charity . He has in recent years also written a number of theatrical plays . “Friends for Oscars “ is the first play he has written and it is the first time it will be on stage with few more plays to follow after this ! There are also serious thoughts and plans for this specific play to be taken abroad !
Athena Louisa Marie Agroti
Born in London and raised in Cyprus, Athena studied Drama and Film at Queen Mary University of London, followed by an MA in Applied Theatre (Community & Education) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Athena works as a Drama Teacher, Director and Creative Arts Facilitator.
As well as working in various educational settings through theater in London and Cyprus,
she ran projects at the school, Shishuvan in Mumbai with the Parents Association for confidence building and communication skills. Other projects include finding ways to be more creative, integrating the arts into the curriculum and working with a group of young people in Kandivali in the development of theater.
The most effective work was to use the expression of theater to develop the self-awareness and self-esteem of women coming to SNEHA (Nutrition, Education & Health Action Society) with a history of domestic violence.
On her return to Cyprus, she, along with various artists set up a group titled ‘’Allospos’’ which help run community projects. She realised her passion for Creative Education and directed various productions, a few of which have been adaptations of Mischief Theatre Company, which to this day she continues to pursue.
Yiannos Georgiades is the Managing Partner of the law firm Y. Georgiades & Associates LLC, which is based in Nicosia, Cyprus, with presence in the UK and Greece. Yiannos Georgiades is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association, called to the Bar of England & Wales, President of the Cyprus Chapter of the European Court of Arbitration and Mediation for commercial disputes (CEAM) and President of the Metropole Alliance International Association of lawyers and professionals. He is a co-founder of the business accelerator KV Kinisis Ventures Limited, and a nominated advisor for the Emerging Companies Market (the ECM) of the Cyprus Stock Exchange.
Mr Georgiades has recently been involved in the film production industry, as a producer of the up and coming film “Poets Never Die” to be filmed in Cyprus, and has been advising film directors and film companies for the production of films and how to apply for cash rebates etc. in light of the recent attractive incentive for film production in Cyprus, offering up to 35% of eligible expenditures incurred. Additionally, he was connected with the recent production of the 2020 Hollywood film “Jiu Jitsu” starring Nicholas Cage filmed in Cyprus and the law firm were the sponsors for the Press Conference which took place in the Hilton Hotel. “The government of Cyprus has offered great incentives to the film industry and has managed to grab the attention of renowned American producers and directors like Demetri Logothetis, who chose Cyprus for the shootings of Jiu Jitsu, a film we helped in co-producing” said Georgiades, explaining that he aims to continue this path and do more to support the production of Hollywood films in Cyprus as it brings the two countries even closer.
Film and Streaming Director
Savvas Hadjigeorgiou studied Film and TV at Hofstra University and has held high-level positions in the Cyprus TV industry for 26 years. He is well known for high quality TV series including 'O Nomos Tis Ekdikisis', 'Krifos Kaiadas' and 'O Telios Andras'. He heads the Productions at Jazz Arts & Communications and is a Film/TV and studio consultant, specialising in live streaming for various events including concerts and seminars.
Production and Stage Assistant
Mary Spyrou is a recent graduate from the University of Essex with a BA in Drama. She has played roles ranging from ditzy and comedic to serious and abusive. She aspires to pursue a career in acting as well as volunteer for educational programs involving children. Currently she is interning for the Home for Cooperation’s Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2020. In 2021, she plans to audition for theatre schools in Europe to acquire an MA in Acting.
Costume and Set Designer
Sossee Eskidjian studied Fine Arts at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is an Art Director/ Production and Costume Designer.
Some of her work includes feature films such as “Road To Ithaca”, “Under the Stars”, “Kalabush” and “Conveyor Belt”, the American production “Jiu Jitsu”, the television series “Vasiliki” and “Vendetta”, “Ekino to Kalokeri”, the short films “I Lepti Avra tis Epithimias” and “To Koritsi ke I Poli” and the theatre plays “A Hatful of Rain”, “The Diary of a Madman”, “I Petalouda”, “The Fisherman and his Soul”, “I Epanastasi tou Alfi”, “Charopa ta dio mu heria”, and many more.
She also works as an Art Director and Production Designer on TV commercials with clients from Cyprus and abroad.
In 2009 she held her first personal art exhibition.
Ersin Oztoycan was born and raised in the UK. The greater part of her life has been devoted to raising awareness of Dyslexia (Specific learning Difficulty) in Cyprus. In 2019 Ersin acted in the comedy play "Get Staffed"
She is the author of her autobiography My Life/File. An inspiring book that recounts the hardships and joys of her life, her family and her work, as she moves between British, Turkish and Greek Cypriot cultures. She writes as she lives with energy and humour.
Aleen Andreou - Consultant
Aleen Andreou has had a 30 year love affair with the stage. Sometimes as a queen, sometimes as a cleaner and anything in between.
She has acted with ACT, Rotary and Athena Xenidou's Showcases. She has worked in three films, most notably as Maggie in Al Davidian's "Don't Make a Sound"
Aleen is a co-founder in 2 improv groups, "Nudniks" and "Bored of Directors"
Off stage she is a Trainer and coach with PeopleAchieve
Play Script Consultant
Duncan Walsh Atkins studied at Oxford, where he conducted the University
Gilbert & Sullivan Society. After graduating he worked as a choirmaster in South
Africa before moving to London. He has been musical director of The
Showstoppers since 2009, which has had sell-out Edinburgh Fringe and West End
runs, national and international tours, a BBC Radio 4 series, and won Best Family
and Entertainment at the 2016 Olivier Awards. His other credits include Adam
Megiddo’s ‘Burlesque’ which won the 2011 Off-West End Best New Musical
Award, and ‘The Tailor-Made Man’ at the Arts Theatre (which he co-composed
with Meggido), ‘Half a Sixpence’ UK tour with Gary Wilmot, ‘The Blues Brothers
Party’ UK and Japan tour, ‘Round The Horne’ UK tour, the Flanders & Swann
tribute ‘At The Drop Of A Hippopotamus’, Mitchell & Webb’s ‘Macbeth & The
Beanstalk’, Noel Coward’s ‘Words & Music’, the touring West End/Broadway
tribute ‘Mad About the Musicals’, and Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Taking Charlie’ for the
2004 Edinburgh Fringe. He has also appeared several times on BBC Radio,
recording ‘September Tide’ with Jonathan Firth, the ‘Tina C’ and ‘Ida Barr’ series
with the comedian Christopher Green, and Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music
Night’. He has collaborated with fellow Showstoppers Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd
on their Radio 4 series ‘Trodd En Bratt’ and with Pippa Evans on her musical
contributions to the ’Now Show’. He was musical director of the BBC2 improvised
comedy series ‘Fast and Loose’ in 2010, hosted by Hugh Dennis, has played
keyboards on ‘Jersey Boys’ in the West End, and can occasionally be seen in a wig
portraying Benny Andersson in ‘Abbamania’.