More than four decades in the making and drawing on her own big, fat Greek life story or triumph, love, tragedy and rebuilding, Anthoula Katsimatides is bringing her one woman show to the stage. “Ti Tha Pei O Kosmos” or “What Will People Think?” was written by the Astoria, New York native and was selected to stage at the prestigious 2014 United Solo festival, the world’s largest solo theater festival. The show is directed by Petros Fourniotis.
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, it has become the world’s most popular festival featuring solo performances. Tickets are now available for Katsimatides second performance on November 4th at 7:30pm in New York City.
The show is one woman’s journey to freedom while wrestling old-world views; a modern-day Greek tragedy. Growing up with the mantra “What will people think?” controlling her every move, Anthoula navigates through personal turmoil and loss to find happiness.
Katsimatides has appeared in numerous films and television shows during her short career as a film and stage actor, including Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. She also played alongside Robert DeNiro and Michele Pfeiffer in “The Family.”
She spent much of her adult life in politics and public affairs, working for numerous government agencies, until tragic moments in her life led her to realize life’s importance and the need to pursue one’s passions, rather than do what people expected of her.
Anthoula’s brother Mikey committed suicide following a bout with mental illness and depression. Her other brother John Katsimatides, was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th. From these tragedies, she’s charted a new and wildly successful trajectory for her life.
Anthoula holds a Masters of Science in Education from Queens College as well as a Bachelors of Business Administration (Marketing/Corporate Communications) from Bernard M. Baruch College.
She is the President of The Johnny and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life, Inc., a non-profit family foundation, created in memory of her two loving brothers, to perpetuate their legacy while raising funds for charities.
She served as the Assistant Vice President for Family Relations at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) and was the liaison to the family members of those who were murdered in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks.
Prior to the LMDC, Anthoula was appointed Assistant for Community Affairs for New York State Governor George E. Pataki since 2000 as a liaison to various ethnic communities in New York City. She also served as Governor Pataki’s liaison to the September 11th families.
She presently is pursuing her career as an actress. She has performed numerous roles on stage and screen and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) as well as Actors Equity Association (AEA). Anthoula loves acting but also dances, produces, does voice-over and commercial work, and has her own radio show every other Thursday night on 91.5FM at 7pm called “Color Your Life”!