Hellenic Cultural Center NYC




The HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER NYC on 25-02 Newtown Ave, Queens, NY 11102, was established in 1985 in its current location, in Astoria New York , through the efforts, dedication and commitment of members of the Hellenic (Greek) American Community and the spiritual guidance and leadership of Archbishop Iakovos.

The two-level structure consists of the 172 seat “THESPIS THEATER”, the 60 seat FAMA BLACK BOX THEATER (under construction) , a lobby area , the 1,400 square-foot AEGEAN HALL (lobby/exhibit area), the Nikos Andriotis Reading Rehearsing room, classrooms, and a small library. 
The mission of the HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER NYC is to promote Hellenic (Greek) culture, language and civilization, while supporting the arts (Hellenic and not only)  in Astoria and New York. 
The Center pursues its mission by producing, sponsoring, and hosting a variety of programs and events, often in collaboration with other educational and cultural organizations, including a number within the Greek American and Philhellenic communities.

The HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER NYC presence and role is crucial to the cultural life of Astoria Queens New York and the Hellenic-American community at the Tri-State Area. It is one of the three institution in the area with a mission to promote Hellenic culture and language and with the infrastructures to carry out that mission. As such, the Center fits seamlessly into New York’s cultural and intellectual environment.


Valuation of artistic season 2024-25 – Who we are and what we did this season

The Hellenic Cultural Center NYC is a cultural hub in New York, attracting diverse visitors with captivating theater productions, musical events, and artistic endeavors. Partnered with esteemed organizations, the center offers a unique platform to engage with the sophisticated community of Astoria and beyond. The FAMA Project enriches the cultural landscape by fostering creativity through acting, music, and phonetics classes, creating a dynamic environment for artistic expression.


During the last artistic season of 2023-24, the cultural center hosted various events including theatrical, musical, and cinematic performances, organizational events, church gatherings, birthday parties, American and Greek music nights, classical music evenings, piano and violin recitals, continuous utilization of the facility by various schools/universities in the area, screenings of European films and documentaries, organization meetings, book presentations, youth organization conferences, film productions, theater and other organizational meetings, political gatherings, geopolitical analyses from abroad with the presence of foreign diplomats, academic and medical lecture/presentations, educational lectures, presentations of poets and writers from Europe and USA, gastronomy nights, readings of theater and film scripts, presentations of various films, hosting of events from England, Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey, beauty pageants, puppet show, variety show, hosting of various festivals from America and Europe, Art exhibition, as well as weekly acting and elocution classes.


Πρόγραμμα – Program

Το Σπίτι των Ελλήνων – House of Hellenes 

The House of Hellenes” initiative stands as one of the distinguished programs offered by the Hellenic Cultural Center  NYC, extending its gracious hospitality to cultural and other organizations of Hellenic interest lacking a dedicated venue for their events.
Το πρόγραμμα “Το Σπίτι των Ελλήνων” αποτελεί ένα από τα οκτώ προγράμματα του Ελληνικού Πολιτιστικού Κέντρου Νέας Υόρκης, το οποίο παρέχει στέγη σε πολιτιστικούς ή άλλους οργανισμούς με Ελληνικό ενδιαφέρον οι οποίοι δεν έχουν δική τους έδρα.
To date, this program has played host to esteemed organizations hailing from the vibrant Greek-American community, providing them with a distinguished platform to convene, showcase, and engage within the splendid confines of the Hellenic Cultural Center in New York.
Μέχρι στιγμής, το πρόγραμμα φιλοξενεί οργανισμούς από την Ελληνική ομογένεια της Αμερικής, οι οποίοι συνεδριάζουν, παρουσιάζουν και δραστηριοποιούνται στο Ελληνικό Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο Νέας Υόρκης.
Παρακάτω παρουσιάζουμε μερικούς από αυτούς.- Below, we proudly introduce a selection of these distinguished organizations.

The Hellenic Cultural Center NYC and the FAMA Theater Group NY proudly announce their collaboration with the Ionian University of Greece. This partnership will encompass activities on a wide range of topics.

As part of this collaboration, we are pleased to present on Sunday, June 23rd,  a series of short films titled “𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍𝐆𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒” by the Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University.

Location: THESPIS Theater at the Hellenic Cultural Center, Astoria, New York
Time: 25-02 Newtown Ave, Queens, NY 11102
Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 18:00-19:00


Everything you need to know

𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 “𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒” 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬, 𝐈𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲
𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐒𝐏𝐈𝐒 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤
𝟐𝟓-𝟎𝟐 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐀𝐯𝐞, 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐬, 𝐍𝐘 𝟏𝟏𝟏𝟎𝟐
𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲  𝟐𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞, 𝟏𝟖:𝟎𝟎-𝟏𝟗:𝟎𝟎

The places where we spend our childhood and adolescence hold a special place in our hearts and significantly shape our identity. For students, returning to these familiar places offers an opportunity for reflection and reassessment.

Many students, now distant from the places where they grew up, see them with a sense of nostalgia and romance, as do people of the diaspora. They recall the neighbourhoods where they played with their friends, the schools where they took their first steps in learning, and the family ties formed through pleasant and unpleasant daily moments.

At the same time, the experience of student life and the acquisition of new knowledge and experiences allows students to see the places of their childhood and adolescence in a new light. On returning, they become aware of the importance and influence that their family and urban environment had on their development. This reappraisal lens can bring a new appreciation of the cultural and historical heritage of these places, as well as the social and economic challenges they face. Places of childhood and adolescence serve as fixed reference points.

In summary, the students view the places where they spent their childhood and adolescence with a variety of emotions, from nostalgia and reflection to responsibility, optimism and pessimism. These places remain an important part of their identity as they continue life’s journey through education.
In this special action, selected student works of the undergraduate course ‘Interactive Interventions in Public Space’ of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University, supervised by Angelos Floros, Assistant Professor of the Ionian University and collaborator Martha Gogakou, PhD candidate of the Ionian University, are presented to the Greeks of the diaspora.

𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒂, 𝑲𝒚𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒌𝒐𝒔 𝑮𝒆𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒌𝒂𝒌𝒐𝒔
𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝑹𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒂 𝑮𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖
𝑴𝒊𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒐𝒔𝒎𝒐𝒔, 𝑲𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒔 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒔
𝑷𝒐𝒍𝒚(!)𝒅𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒎𝒂𝒑, 𝑬𝒍𝒍𝒊 𝑳𝒚𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒐𝒖
𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆?, 𝑫𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒊 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒈𝒍𝒐𝒖
𝑷𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒂, 𝑭𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔 𝑴𝒂𝒗𝒓𝒊𝒌𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒔
𝑴𝒚 𝑾𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒚𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒙, 𝑭𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒔 𝑷𝒂𝒈𝒌𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒔
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒍𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒂 𝑺𝒐𝒇𝒊𝒂 𝑷𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒅𝒊
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑯𝒂𝒈𝒖𝒆, 𝑬𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒅𝒂 𝒁𝒐𝒆 𝑷𝒂𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒖
𝑵𝒆𝒐𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒊, 𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒌𝒍𝒆𝒊𝒂 𝑷𝒔𝒚𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒈𝒚𝒊𝒐𝒖
𝑴𝒚 𝑰𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒄𝒂, 𝑫𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒂 𝑺𝒊𝒈𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒛𝒊𝒅𝒐𝒖
𝑻𝒆𝒓𝒑𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒂, 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒔 𝑺𝒐𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒐𝒔
𝑷𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒂, 𝑫𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒔 𝑻𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒐𝒑𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒐𝒔

The Hellenic Cultural Center of New York welcomes the solo exhibition of Angelos Floros titled “Portraiture in the Selfie’s Age” on Saturday, June 20, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This interactive exhibition is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed.

About the exhibition
Come and live the experience of portraiture. The project ‘Portraiture in the Age of Selfies’ allows you to experience the emotions of the painter and the model in the age of selfies. The drawing using algorithms is transformed into sound frequencies creating a sound environment of immersion in the individuals involved in the portraiture.

The art project “Portraiture in the Age of Selfies” is a performance that wants to bring back the traditional condition of the painter and the model in the age of selfies. Visitors – in pairs, can engage in a portrait painting, assuming one person to be the painter and the other the model. The drawing with the use of algorithms is transformed into sound frequencies creating a sound environment of immersion for the people involved in the portrait.

In the field of painting, the traditional relationship between the artist and the model is defined by a collaborative and interpretive process, deeply influenced by the elements of time and pose. Historically, the artist’s role has involved observing and capturing the likeness and essence of the sitter through their unique artistic representation. Time plays a crucial role in this traditional setting. 

This extended engagement encourages a deeper understanding and connection, allowing the artist to capture subtleties and depths that a moment cannot convey. The passage of time contributes to the richness and complexity of the final work, revealing layers of the character of both the model and the painter.

Thus, the traditional artist-model relationship in painting stands in stark contrast to the self-directed, instantaneous nature of selfies. Each approach offers distinct advantages and limitations, highlighting different aspects of human identity and expression.


Calendar – Hμερολόγιο 



  • (T) Thespis Theater 
  • (N) N. Andriotis Room
  • (F) FAMA Black Box theater 
  • (A) Aegean Hall 
  • Theater or Film Classes 


September – Σεπτέμβριος

  • 5th  – Party (T) (A)
  • 15th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 15th – FILM Screening (T) (A)

October – Οκτώβριος

  • 5th  – Film Shooting (N) (A)
  • 6 th  – Film Shooting  (A) 
  • 15th  – Athenian Night  (T) (A)
  • 20th  – AHEPA Night  (N)
  • 21st – Greek Music Concert (T)  (N) 
  • 25th  –  Speech Presentation – Author: Nektaria Anastasiadou 7:00 pm (T)
  • 27th Movie screening “ΔΙAΚΟΣ ο Ηρωομάρτυς”  7:30pm (T) 

 November – Νοέμβριος

  • 1st – Film Shooting (N)
  • 2nd – Auditions (T) 
  • 4th – Research PSYCHODRAMA Group (N)
  • 6th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 13th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 15th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 18th  – Film Shooting (Office) 
  • 20th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 26th  – Sons of Pericles Night (4:30pm)  (N) 
  • 27th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 30th Political Gathering for: Gus for NY & Maria Markou for Queens (A)

December – Δεκέμβριος

  • 3rd Photo Shoot for the Theater show  “Ο ΑΧΟΡΤΑΓΟΣ” (Theater show (T) (A)
  • 4th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 5th Movie screening “AMERICA AMERICA”, by The Hellenic Bookclub of New York 
  • 6th Documentary screening “Ukrainian Greeks from Mariupol” 
  • 9th TYWL Show (T) 
  • 9th The shoemaker’s Son (T) (A) 
  • 10th  – AHEPA Youth Group Night  (N) 
  • 11th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 15th – PSYCHODRAMA Group (N)
  • 15th  – AHEPA Night  (N)
  • 16th Academy of Hellenic Paideia – End of the Year Celebrations (T) 
  • 16th 3rd Hellenic Gastronomy Festival NYC (8pm) (A)
  • 18th Academy of Hellenic Paideia – End of the Year Celebrations (T)  
  • 18th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 18th Christmas party 7pm (A)
  • 18th 3rd Hellenic Gastronomy Festival NYC (8pm) (A)
  • 20th Christmas liturgy at Saint Cosmas Chapel (8am)
  • 20th Film screening by TYWL – 2:30pm (T)



January – Ιανουάριος

  • 3rd liturgy at Saint Cosmas Chapel (8am)
  • 4th Fiat Lux Studio Filming -4:30pm- (T) 
  • 8th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 10th AHEPA night – Βασιλόπιτα και Ορκωμοσία νέων μελών (N)
  • 11th Hellenic Bookclub of New York – Βασιλόπιτα και reading of the Book: “Coffee Reading” by: Eleni Karipidis (N)
  • 12th Liturgy at Saint Cosmas Chapel (8am)
  • 12th TREACH PRODUCTION (reading) – 7pm- (N)
  • 12th Βασιλόπιτα και βραβεύσεις– Ομοσπονδία Ελλήνων Εκπαιδευτικών / Συντονιστικό γραφείο παιδείας Ελληνικού Προξενείου Νέας Υόρκης  (A)
  • 21st – AHEPA Youth Group Night  (N)  -1:30 pm-
  • 26th Screening of “Δείπνο Hλιθίων” (T) – 7:30 pm –
  • 22nd  – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 29th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)


February– Φεβρουάριος

  • 1st Production Meeting – Fiat Lux FILM Studio NYC -12 to 5pm- (N) 
  • 2nd Filming a Teaser for the upcoming Theater show “CORPUS SCIENCE” (T)
  • 3rd Film shooting (48 hour film making Challenge) by “Team Fiorello” -7am to 5pm (A)
  • 5th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 6th film Production Meeting of “The tower Protocol Resurrection (N) 
  • 12th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 16th Hellenic American Educators Association (Poetry Evening) 5pm (N) 
  • 21st  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 22th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 23rd QUEENS OF AMATHUS (Film Screening) Pancyprian Association -7:30pm- (T) (A)
  • 24th QUEENS OF CYPRUS -7:30pm- (Film Screening) Pancyprian Association (T) (A)
  • 26th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 28th Hellenic Book-club of New York –  Book/Novel: “Arrested Song” by: Irena Karafilly (N)
  • 29th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 


March – Μάρτιος 

  • 2nd Τάσος Παπαϊωάννου Greek Music Night – 7:30pm – (T)
  • 4th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 7th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 7th “Themis Brown Memorial Lecture” by: Center for the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies – 6:30 – (N) 
  • 8 – 9 – 10     Ο ΑΧΟΡΤΑΓΟΣ (Theater show)(T)
  • 11th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 13th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 14th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 15 – 16 – 17 Ο ΑΧΟΡΤΑΓΟΣ (Theater show)(T)
  • 18th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 21th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 22 – 23 – 24 Ο ΑΧΟΡΤΑΓΟΣ (Theater show)(T)
  • 25th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 27th Hellenic Book-club of New York –  Book/Novel: “The Book of Fire” by: Christy Lefteri (T)
  • 27th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 28th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 29th Piano Concert with Basil Vasiliu  7:30 pm (T)
  • 30th Miss Greek Independence beauty pageant (T) (A) (N) (F) 


April – Απρίλιος

  • 1st – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 4th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 7th Living Healthy Expo -2 to 5pm- (T) (A)
  • 8th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 11th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 12th – “Βέμπο σε θυμάμαι” – “Vembo I remember you” Theater/Musical Theater Show -8pm- (T) 
  • 13th -GoShort- Independent Greek Short Films -5pm- (T)
  • 15th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 17th “Giraffe” -Puppet show-  5pm (T)
  • 17th George Varsamakis – Classical music concert -8pm- (T)
  • 17th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 18th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 21th Βέμπο σε θυμάμαι” – “Vembo I remember you” Theater/Musical Theater Show -8pm- (T) 
  • 22th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 25th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 29th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 


May – Μάιος

  • 2nd – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 6th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T) 
  • 9th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 13th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)
  • 16th – Auditions for the Variety show 7pm (T)
  • 16th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 18th – “Ο ΑΧΟΡΤΑΓΟΣ ” Theater Show screening 7:30 pm (T)
  • 19th – Hellenic book club of New York (N)
  • 19th – “Μπαμ και κάτω” Theater Show by Academy of Hellenic Paidia 6pm (T)
  • 20th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)
  • 23rd – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 
  • 25th – Music school showcase 5:30 (T)
  • 27th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)
  • 29th  – AHEPA Night  (N) 
  • 30th – TYWL renting (T) (N) (A)
  • 30th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 

June – Ιούνιος


    • 1st “Μπαμ και κάτω” Theater Show by Academy of Hellenic Paidia 8pm (T)

    • 2nd “Μπαμ και κάτω” Theater Show by Academy of Hellenic Paidia 6pm (T)

    • 3rd – Music Summer Classes (1st Day) (T) (N) (A)

    • 3rd – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)

    • 6th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 

    • 8th Astoria Variety show 7:30 (T)

    • 10th – Acting Class 6:30 – 9:30 (T)

    • 13th – Voice and music 4:30 – 6:30 (T) 

    • 15th FAMA Project ACTING CLASSES Rehearsal

    • 21st School graduation
    • 22nd Exhibition: “𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐬” by Angelos Floros (audience’s performance).
    • 23rd Screening “𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐍𝐆𝐀𝐆𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒” by the Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University. 

    • 25th Academy of Hellenic Paidia Graduation 10am (T)



Hellenic Cultural Center NYC proudly presents “The FAMA Project”.

INFO at: 917-635-8867

The ‘FAMA Project’ is the center’s new program for the 2023-24 artistic season, offering a range of theater and film classes for children, teenagers and adults.

 Available courses 

  • Acting on Camera Workshop I and II
  • Acting I and II
  • Scene Study I and II
  • Improvisation I and II
  • Theater Workshop for Adults 
  • Theater Workshop for teenagers (13 to 18)
  • Theater Workshop for Kids 

* For Acting on Camera Workshop: Short film: As part of their training, students will act in short film 

* For theater classes: Theater Show at the end of the season at the stage of THESPIS THEATER,


Mαθήματα θεάτρου και κινηματογράφου

Το Ελληνικό Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο της Νέας Υόρκης με υπερηφάνεια παρουσιάζει το “FAMA Project” 

Πληροφορίες στο τηλέφωνο:
Το “FAMA Project” είναι το νέο πρόγραμμα του κέντρου για την καλλιτεχνική σεζόν 2023-24, το οποίο προσφέρει μια σειρά από μαθήματα θεάτρου και κινηματογράφου για παιδιά, εφήβους και ενήλικες.

Προσφερόμενα μαθήματα

  • Acting on Camera Workshop I and II
  • Acting I and II
  • Scene Study I and II
  • Improvisation I and II
  • Theater Workshop for Adults 
  • Theater Workshop for teenagers (13 to 18)
  • Theater Workshop for Kids 
* Για το Acting on Camera Workshop I & II – Ταινία μικρού μήκους – : Στο πλαίσιο της εκπαίδευσής τους, οι μαθητές θα λάβουν μέρος σε ταινία μικρού μήκους
* Για της τάξεις θεάτρου: Θεατρική παράσταση στο τέλος της σεζόν στη σκηνή του ΘΕΑΤΡΟΥ ΘΕΣΠΗΣ,



Acting Classes

Ioanna Katsarou for: 
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  • Acting I and II
  • Scene Study I and II
Alex Malaos for: 
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  • Improvisation I and II
Alexandros Colombos for: 
  • Theater History I and II


Manoli Ioannidis for:
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  • Acting on Camera Workshop I and II
Ioanna Katsarou for:
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  • Theater Workshop for Adults 
  • Theater Workshop for teenagers (13 to 18)
Avgi Atmatzidou for:
  • Theater Workshop for Kids 

Class Description


Acting 1 & 2 (With Ioanna Katsarou) 

Every Monday or Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30 
  • Acting 1 (14-15 Weeks): October 16th to February 12)
  • Acting 2 (14-15 Weeks): February 26 to June 10th)
SHOW TIME: June 14th or 15th or 16th

– The class can be merged with “Scene Study 1 & 2” 

In this course we will study classical and modern plays (19th and early 20th century). We will work on monologues from the Ancient Greek theater – Shakespeare – Chekhov – Ibsen – Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill.

Specifically, we will focus on:

  • The character analysis/ script analysis/ text and subtext/ method of “speech and thought”.
  • Flow and rhythm of the poetic language; balance between musicality and natural intonations in speech.
  • Breath and emotion. How do we trigger emotions through the breath and the diaphragm muscle?

At the end of the course, there will be a presentation of selected monologues (each actor will present one monologue) at “THESPIS Theater” at the Hellenic Cultural Center NYC which will be open to the audience.

*The number of weeks at this class is subject to change (28 or 30 weeks)


Acting on Camera Workshop 1 & 2 (With Manoli Ioannidis) 

Every Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30

  • Acting on Camera 1 (14-15 Weeks): October 17th to February 13)
  • Acting on Camera 2 (14-15 Weeks): February 27 to June 11th)
Movie Screening: October  3rd to 20th TBA

In this Workshop we will study acting on camera for Film, Television, Advertisement and Studio. How to make a demo Reel and audition methods.

Week 1 to 14/15th learning acting:

  • for tv by Manoli Ioannidis
  • for film by Manoli Ioannidis and Alex Agisilaou
  • for Studio by Alexandros Ammohostianos (as a guest speaker)
  • for Advertisement by Alex Malaos (as a guest speaker)
  • Character analysis by Ioanna Katsarou (as a guest speaker)
  • Film Industry (TBA – as a guest speaker)
  • Theater and Acting history by Alexandros Colombo (as a guest speaker)

Week 15-16th to 28-30th acting lessons, how to make a demo Reel, audition methods. and film shooting of the short Film.

– Film screening at Thespis Theater early October 2024

*The number of weeks at this class is subject to change (28 or 30 weeks)


Improvisation 1 & 2 (With Alex Malaos)

Every Wednesday 5:00 to 7:00

  • Improvisation 1 (14-15 Weeks): October 18th to February 14)
  • Improvisation  2 (14-15 Weeks): February 8 to June 12th)


One of the most common responses that befuddled parents give when they are told their child is a little shy and reserved, is: “But you should see her at home! She sings, she dances… She’s a rock star at home!” In fact, they have inadvertently captured the spirit and teaching foundation of our Improv class: We’re all rock stars when we’re at home. When there’s an audience, the walls come up and we turn into safe versions of ourselves, suppressing every natural and instinctual urge to be funny, silly, and real, at the risk of appearing flawed or simply (gasp!) human.

Through interactive games that encourage teamwork and group-mind development, our Improv classes focus on getting students to a level at which they do, indeed, feel at home, and are comfortable enough to be themselves in front of an audience.

And for the ones who already have no problem breaking out of their shell, we work on “harnessing” that energy, and being able to manipulate those expressive tendencies by allowing things to happen organically rather than forcing the joke or going for the easy laugh.

Together we play, think, and share the spotlight. We learn to be respectful of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and to be fearless and free, as we discover the truth in comedy. Strengthen your auditions by being comfortable in your own skin! Get out of your head and trust yourself, as you learn to make solid choices and go with your gut. Dare to have fun!  


Scene study 1 & 2: (With Ioanna Katsarou)

Every Monday or Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30 
  • Scene Study 1 (14-15 Weeks): October 16th to February 12)
  • Scene Study 2 (14-15 Weeks): February 26 to June 10th)
SHOW TIME: June 14th or 15th or 16th

– The class can be merged with “Acting 1 & 2” –

In this course, we will study scenes from Contemporary plays (American and non-American). We will work on scenes of two or three actors.

During the course we will focus on:

  • Character analysis/ script analysis/ text and subtext.
  • Reactions under specific conditions and circumstances.
  • Actions that underline the themes of the scene and the intentions of the characters.
  • Listening and reacting to each other.
  • Studying different acting methods (realistic/ phycological theater, Stanislavski, epic theater and Brecht, post modernism, physical theater).

At the end of the course, there will be a presentation of selected scenes  at “THESPIS Theater” at the Hellenic Cultural Center NYC which will be open to the audience.

*The number of weeks at this class is subject to change (28 or 30 weeks)


Theater History 1 & 2  (With Alexandros Colombos) 

 Every Thursday 6:30 to 9:30 

  • Theater History 1 (15 Weeks): October 19th to February 15)
  • Theater History 2 (15 Weeks): February 29 to June 13th)
A comprehensive survey of Theater History from its origins in Ancient Greece to the Shakespearean/Elizabethan Theater.  PowerPoint presentation of the history, archaeology, philosophy/theory and aesthetics of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Theater.  Emphasis in the playwrights, the movements, key ideas, technology, scenery, costumes, and performance.  Specific works of Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, and Renaissance Theater will be analyzed.  Videos of modern performances from selected plays for each time-period will be showed in full length.  A traditional/historical approach will be taken as a criterion for choosing the right performance to display based on the directing style, costumes, and set design in order for the students to understand how those approximately looked like in the times of the playwright.
Weeks 1 to 15 – Introduction to Theater, Ancient Greek and Roman Theater
Introduction to the theater and its origins.  The study of theater and its evolution through time and culture.  The origins of Ancient Greek Theater: Did the Minoans had theater and musical/dance performances?  Aristotle’s Poetics and his Definition of Tragedy.  The three Greek Tragedians.  Satiric Drama.  Greek Comedy and Aristophanes.  Hellenistic Theater: Menander and for the first time in a theater history class: an unknown, but important Greek comedian Herondas and his Mimes!!!  The Roman Theater and the Odeion.  
Weeks 16 to 30 – Byzantine, Medieval, and Elizabethan Theater
For the first time in a Theater History class:  The Byzantine Theater, its forgotten secular and religious plays and performances how they survived in the Modern Greek folklore.   Byzantine Theater’s only saved play: Suffering Christ!!!  Medieval Theater: Cycle Plays, Moral Plays and the social and their religious context.  The secular Medieval Theater and the Church.  Italian Renaissance and Commedia dell’ Arte:  mimes, farce, carnivals, acrobats, and street theater. English Renaissance and William Shakespeare: The Elizabethan Theater and its basic plays.


Class Calendar - Ημερολόγιο μαθημάτων
Hours & Pricing - Ώρες & Τιμές

Acting 1 & 2 

(3 hours per week – 45$ per week) 



Acting 1

(15 weeks)

OCTOBER: 16 – 23 – 30

NOVEMBER: 6 – 13 – 20 – 27

DECEMBER: 4 – 11 – 18 


JANUARY: 8  – 22 – 29 


mid-winter break

 Acting 2

(14 weeks)


MARCH: 4 – 11 – 18 – 25

APRIL: 1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29

MAY: 13 – 20 

JUNE: 3 -10

SHOW TIME: June 14 or 15 or 16

Acting on Camera Workshop 1 & 2 

(3 hours per week – 75$ per week)


Acting on Camera Workshop 1

(16 weeks)

OCTOBER: 17 – 24

NOVEMBER: 7 – 14 – 21 – 28

DECEMBER: 5 – 12 – 19 


JANUARY: 2 –  9 – 16 – 23 – 30 


mid-winter break

Acting on Camera Workshop 2

(14 weeks)


MARCH: 5 – 12 – 19 – 26

APRIL: 2 – 9 – 16 – 23 – 30

MAY: 7 – 14 – 21 – 28

Movie screening: October 2024 (TBA)

Improvisation 1 & 2

 (2 hours per week – 30$ per week)


Improvisation 1

(15 weeks)

OCTOBER: 18 – 25

NOVEMBER: 1 – 8 – 15 – 22 – 29

DECEMBER: 6 – 13 – 20 


JANUARY: 3 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31

Improvisation 2

(15 weeks)

FEBRUARY: 7 – 14

mid-winter break


MARCH: 6 – 13 – 20 – 27

APRIL: 3 – 10 – 17 – 24

MAY: 8 – 15 – 22 – 29

SHOW TIME: June 7 or 8 or 9

Scene study 1 & 2

(3 hours per week – 45$ per week) 


Scene Study 1

(16 Weeks)

OCTOBER: 19 – 26 

NOVEMBER: 2 – 9 – 16 – 30

DECEMBER: 7 – 14 – 21 


JANUARY: 4 – 11 – 18 – 25

FEBRUARY: 1 – 8 – 15

mid-winter break

Scene Study 2

(14 Weeks)


MARCH: 7 – 14 – 21 – 28

APRIL: 4 – 11 – 18 – 25

MAY: 9 – 16 – 23 – 30

JUNE: 6 

SHOW TIME: June 14 or 15 or 16

Theater History 1 & 2

(3 hours per week – FREE) 


Theater History 1

(15 Weeks)

OCTOBER: 19 – 26 

NOVEMBER: 2 – 9 – 16 – 30

DECEMBER: 7 – 14 – 21 


JANUARY: 4 – 11 – 18 – 25


Theater History 2

(14 Weeks)


mid-winter break


MARCH: 7 – 14 – 21 – 28

APRIL: 4 – 11 – 18 – 25

MAY: 9 – 16 – 23 – 30

JUNE: 6  

The above calendar is subject to change accordingly

We are entering the new era of the Hellenic Cultural Center focusing on 8 themes and 24 sub-themes.

With 8 thematic and 24 sub-thematic units and with 9 new programs on the way, we are ready to reestablish the H.C.C as the main cultural center not only of Hellenes in the United States of America, but as a beacon of culture, art and creativity for Astorians and Americans of every cultural, linguistic and religious background in the greater New York City area

Choose the right space for your next event, show, , rehearsal, business meeting, reading, lecture or gathering

Our Team

Next to Alexandros Ammohostianos, our new Artistic Director and next to Fr. Greogory Telemachos Stamkopoulos , director of the center, we are proud to present the: 


An elite group of academics, writers, poets, artists, directors  and experts in various fields, dedicated to lay the foundations for a new reborn Hellenic Cultural Center that can cope with the needs of the new era  

Alex Ammohostianos
Alex Ammohostianos
Artistic Director
Avgi Maria Atmatzidou
Avgi Maria Atmatzidou
Social/Cultural Consultant
Eleni Koundi
Eleni Koundi
Member of "Theater Committee
Manoli Ioannidis
Manoli Ioannidis
Artistic/Theatrical Consultant
Chrysa Petridou
Chrysa Petridou
Music and theater Committee
Alexander Colombus
Alexander Colombus
Scholarly Consultant
Nicos Alexiou
Nicos Alexiou
Scholarly Consultant
Ioannis Iosifidis
Ioannis Iosifidis
IT Consultant
Gregory Telemachos Stamkopoulos
Gregory Telemachos Stamkopoulos
Center's Director
Maria Micheles
Maria Micheles