Elina is a qualified Architect with a M.Arch. from NTUA Athens and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Academic work includes Personal Research Project and Lecture on The Elizabethan Theatre and its Contemporaries and a Master Thesis on the Design and Transformations of a Prefabricated Outdoor Theatre Space.
While studying, Elina volunteered to work for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture to provide systematic measured drawings for the ancient settlement of Thira on Santorini Island. She was awarded a state scholarship to complete an extra semester at Strathclyde University, Glasgow as part of the Erasmus Exchange Program. In 2015, she graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with a MA in Professional Theatre Design (Set and Costume for Theatre). She worked as a Freelance Theatre Designer and professional model maker in the UK before joining Charcoalblue.
Elina has been an invaluable asset on projects including London’s Orange Tree Theatre, the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore and The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts at the World Trade Center in New York.
Elina with some of the Theatre Design team.
Elina provided communications operations support and engineering tests at the 2011 Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics in Athens.
Elina provided the production design and scenic art for Woman and Scarecrow at The Brewery Theatre in 2015.
Elina conducting systematic measured drawings, Ancient Thira Santorini, 2006.
Elina at the temple of Hephaestus during the Special Topics in Restoration Course, University project in 2006.
Elina demonstrates a VR sightline study developed in-house.
Elina's set design work includes The Merchant of Venice at the Redgrave Theatre.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
A theatre space is ever-changing. We are here to challenge its architectural form, understand the need for new types of performance and deliver the most exciting result.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
While in my fourth year of Architecture I had the chance to take a class in Scenography. I have had some experience as a performer and had been involved in operations support, but that was it really. I was so intrigued, that I dedicated my Thesis to the connection between Architecture and Theatre. I didn't know exactly how, but I had to find a way to be a part of this world. Watching my first Set Design being materialised on stage is one of my favourite memories.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
To serve the magical connection between performer and audience, accessibility, functionality and innovation.