FAUX-BIA! THE MUSICAL PREMIERING AT ZANKEL HALL AT CARNEGIE HALL, DECEMBER 2ND, 2018
Αngelika Sandora is a Greek-American actress, playwright and philosophy & drama teacher with a Master's in Socratic Philosophy from the University of Leeds in the UK. She studied theater at Traga Drama School in Athens Greece, and speech with renowned master speech teacher, Susan Finch in New York.
For the past seven years Angelika has been teaching the philosophy seminars, The Power Of Socrates’ Philosophy In Personal Happiness & Global Leadership, (UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands, Greece & New York Chapter) combining philosophy and drama, while playing principal roles in ancient Greek tragedies and comedies, under the direction of the legendary Greek actor and director Kostas Kastanas (devoted pupil of Oscar-winning ancient Greek tragedian, Mrs. Katina Paxinou). Angelika also got to star as the protagonist in the successful production of her first play FAUX-BIA under the direction of the prestigious Greek director and actor, Mr. Konstantinos Konstantopoulos.
In 2011, she became the Theatre Director for the UNESCO Club of Piraeus & Islands in Greece and with their endorsement performed pieces from Nikos Kazantzakis‘ SALVADORES DEI, as a theatrical monologue.
Angelika's first encounter with New York was in 2013 where she took part in the International Talent Competition IMTA in New York, winning four medals in the categories of Best Monologue, Cold Reading, Singing, and Dancing . One year later she was awarded the International Civilization Award of Alexander the Great for her contribution in culture.
She has been UNESCO’s hostess in many scientific and cultural events, as well as the head of the collaboration between the Greek UNESCO and UNESCO for Peace U.S.A through high standard academic programs which promote Greek civilization abroad in 2015, in the fields of the ancient Greek language, philosophy, and drama.
On December 2018 Angellika directed and co-produced FAUX-BIA! THE MUSICAL -an innovative adaptation of her play with music from all over the world and a cast of 30 performers- at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the General Consulate of Greece in New York.
Both FAUX-BIA and another one of her plays called CHANGE HIM, have been published by one of the biggest publishing companies in Greece (S.I. ZACHAROPOULOS). She continues to write
contemporary screenplays and plays inspired by history, mythology, and philosophy.
Sophia Dama is a native of Chicago. Her interest in art and theater started from her days at Depaul University where she studied Art History and dabbled in performing in plays. After seeing Medea in Greece one summer at the ancient amphitheater of Epidaurus she fell in love with the theater, particularly the classics, for their larger than life characters, and storytelling at its highest form of art. After graduating DePaul, she pursued a career in PR, coordinating appearances and interviews for professional race car drivers. She was able to sharpen her PR skills to focus on building her network with theater professionals which led her to be able to work with the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands. There, Sophia became an Associate Theater Director with a keen interest in creating cross cultural dialogue and has worked closely with the Theater Director for the past seven years to select plays for production, attending cultural festivals, seminars, lectures, and meetings and to direct and produce various works, most notably Salvadores Dei, Antigone, and Trojan Women. As the Associate Theater Director for the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus & Islands, she primarily produces events focused on classical and modern plays, monologues, comedies, tragedies.
She moved to New York City in 2011 to study theater with the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting Conservatory in order to get a comprehensive understanding of creating theater particularly new and contemporary plays in New York City. It was during her time at the Atlantic that solidified her interest in producing and directing. She is also a founding member of The Plinth theater company, born out of the Atlantic Acting Conservatory.
Sophia was the Production Manager on Faux-Bia! The Musical which debuted at Carnegie Hall on December 2nd, 2018. Sophia oversaw the entire production of this large-scale musical with a cast of 30 actors and almost as many people on staff behind the scenes. Sophia was also in charge of the fundraising, branding, and audience development for this project.