On the Couch with Dino Dimitriadis

AAR OTC Dino Dimitriadis - photo by Robert CattoWho is Dino Dimitriadis?
When I work that out, I promise to let you know.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d drink less coffee and take more holidays. But I feel blessed to be doing what I do, and I don’t take any of it for granted.

Who inspires you and why?
People who play by their own rules. I’m inspired by courage, audacity, and being fearless enough to put yourself on the line. Provocateurs, agitators, advocates and trailblazers.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d create more spaces and opportunities to tell stories. The world is a complicated and uncomfortable place; action is urgent but so is listening.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Greece. I used to spend a few months in Athens each year with my grandparents. It holds a very special place in my heart.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d take them to some of the great independent music, art, queer and performance spaces peppered throughout the City. Sydney is a ‘shiny’ world city but I think it’s best attractions are the ones largely off the tourist maps.

What are you currently reading?
The Lady Tabouli script.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m listening to a lot of Sabah, one of the great music divas of Lebanon. If you have the chance to see Lady Tabouli, it will make sense as to why.

Happiness is?
Being present.

What does the future hold for you?
I hope it holds: deep connections, new adventures, challenging work. And champagne.

Dino directs the National Theatre of Parramatta’s production of Lady Tabouli – which will be presented at the Riverside Theatres as part of the 2020 Sydney Festival from 9 January. For more information, visit: www.riversideparramatta.com.au for details.

Image: Dino Dimitriadis – photo by Robert Catto

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