Leonidas Kassapides, Shadow Theater Artist
Leonidas Kassapides holds a degree in Theater Arts from Berea College and has been a professional Greek Shadow Theater performer designer and writer since 1989. His grandfather of the same name was also a Karaghiozopektis (shadow theater master). He is dedicated to preserving this dying art for its cultural and artistic importance. Leonidas experiments with different sizes of projection screens and lights, making sure that the tradition of shadow theater keeps evolving while maintaining its primitiveness and low tech magic. He has been touring since 1989, performing and teaching workshops in theaters, museums, schools, and outdoor venues.