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john daviskas

John was born in Kypseli Arta, a mountainous village of Epirus Tzoumerkon.  A member of a large family of poor but progressive parents, he finished with honors and great financial difficulties his high schooling studies and later went to Athens for further TAFE education.  In 1976, at the age of 26, he took the first plane to the first country that has earned him a tourist visa.  He found himself in Sydney with no job, no knowledge of the English language but with a million dreams and wishes for a new beginning.  His eagerness, however, for a better tomorrow prompted him to continue his studies and graduated from the NSW Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in telecommunications.

In 1978 with a group of young Greeks manned the Greek Community Youth Association (GCYA), and it was during this time that he first came into contact with the Greek theatre.  He participated in many theatrical performances simulating various roles.  He also collaborated theatrically with the Association of Greek students at the University of Sydney.  In 1981 he participated in the theatrical group of the late director George Paizis taking part in the productions of “Stella Violanti'' and ''Philomena Marturano''.  He also helped other community theatre companies undertaking small and large roles in several plays.

In 1999, after a long interruption of some 14 years makes his first reappearance in the art world with the ''Hellenic Art Theatre'' in the play by Theodore Patrikareas, ''The Uncle from Australia''.

The first lead role came a little later in the folklore play ''O Fotinos'' impersonating the main role of Fotinos.  H has starred and participated in auxiliary roles in many plays always with the Hellenic Art Theatre (HAT) under the guidance of his dear friend and great artistic director of the troupe Stavros Economidis where admittedly most young actors of HAT owe their theatrical education.

Roles which he played and really loved are:  Jo Keller in the play '' All My Sons'', Creon inAntigone'', Darius thePersians'' and Agamemnon inIphigenia at Aulis''.

Today, John remains an active member of the troupe Hellenic Art Theatre - Australia.



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