On the Couch with Elena Carapetis

Elena Carapetis AAR On the CouchWho is Elena Carapetis?
I’m the daughter of Greek and Cypriot migrants, living and telling stories on Kaurna land as the Resident Artist at State Theatre Company South Australia. Actor, Playwright, Nerd, Dog person.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would stand up for myself with the same commitment I have when I stand up for other people.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother and grandmothers. They got shit done by sheer force of will and always with love. And artists everywhere – where would we be without them?

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I think the way you make a difference is to be always kind and generous to those you interact with. You never know how it might ripple out.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Our family shack at Black Point, Yorke Peninsula. It’s just nice.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Adelaide is such a beautiful city with so much to see but I always take visitors to the Central Market – it never fails to impress.

What are you currently reading?
We are in the process of programming the 2019 State Theatre Company season so loads and loads of wonderful play scripts.

What are you currently listening to?
Having recently returned from a yoga and writing retreat in Bali (don’t judge me), I’ve kept the Zen going with Punnu Singh Wassu (yoga) and Panoptique Electrical (writing).

Happiness is?
Something you can get better at.

What does the future hold for you?
Cassandra (prophetess in Greek mythology) was asked this question and it didn’t turn out so well for her, but … I hope I can greet each experience with gratitude.

Elena stars in State Theatre Company South Australia’s production of Andrew Bovell’s After Dinner at the Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre from 7 April 2018. For more information, visit: www.statetheatrecompany.com.au for details.

Image: Elena Carapetis (supplied)

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