Congratulations are in order for Eva Simatou (PIERCE ‘97), an actress, DEREE Theatre Arts instructor and PIERCE acting coach, who was selected out of 2,000 candidates (14 places) for a Contemporary Drama course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) over the summer.

No stranger to recognition for her talents, Simatou also received a Gold Medal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in acknowledgment of her contribution to theatre arts, education and culture in April last year.

She is also a first-class graduate of the Advanced Drama School Theatro Technis Karolos Koun (Athens Art Theatre), has studied in London at City University and holds a BSc in Sociology and Media Studies as well as an MA in Arts Management & Criticism. Simatou is a founding member of the non-profit art organization Arena Theatre Ensemble, and as an actress has taken on several lead female parts in a plethora of plays.

In March 2013, Simatou performed at the National Theatre of Ankara, Şinasi Sahnesi. She played the female lead parts in the performance Dreams. Are We Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On? – a composition based on William Shakespeare’s dream and ghost scenes. The performance took place under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Ankara and won an award from the 7th Ethos International Theatre Festival of Ankara. In October 2013, she played the lead part in Innerview, a play by Alexis Stamatis at the renowned Southbank Center in London and received an outstanding review from the British Theatre Guide.

The Gold Medal is a high distinction that UNESCO confers on distinguished figures that have made a major contribution to science and art.

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