Diomedes Koufteros studied theatre and acting in the United States, and is a holder of a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College (MN) and an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University (MA). He has worked as an actor, director and trainer/lecturer in theater organizations and universities in Europe and the US.
For his portrayal of Anestis in the feature film Fish n’ Chips (director: Elias Demetriou) Diomedes was named Best Debutant Actor at the International Cinema Festival of Athens (2012). Other cinema features include, Kyros Papavasiliou’s The Impressions of a Drowned Man (2015), The Sock (2020) and Embryo Larva Butterfly (2022). For television, he acted in Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s period drama The Roses of Wrath (principal, 47 episodes), and in the comedy The English Man (lead guest, 2 episodes). His TV credits also include Nine Months (guest, 4 episodes) for Star TV Greece and Mega TV Cyprus.
His theatre credits include: Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret (Theatro Ena, Best Actor Nomination – National Theatre of Cyprus Awards); Bartley in The Cripple of Inishmaan (National Theatre of Cyprus); Evelyn in Evelyn Evelyn (Paravan/Koufteros/Zachariou); King Ubu in Ubu Roi (Paravan); Andreas in Ouzeri Tsitsanis (Theatro Dentro); Tiresias in The Bacchae (Center of Performing Arts MITOS); Paoul in Mahagonny (ETHAL); and Agador in La Cage Aux Folles (Theatro Ena).
Diomedes US theatre credits include: Mirage in the off-Broadway production of Cold (Present Tense Theater Project, New York); Autolycus in Winter’s Tale, Iago (understudy) and the Jester in Othello for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Edmund in King Lear (Brandeis Theater Company); Dr. Gibbs in Our Town (New Rep Touring Company); and Caliban in The Tempest (Lost Nation Theatre).
Diomedes won the prize for Best Adaptation at the National Theatre of Cyprus Awards for Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s Evelyn Evelyn (together with M. Zachariou, L. Manleni and V. Kokkinos).
He directing credits include Amsterdam (Theatro Ena), Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal and The Bear (Theatro Antilogos) and Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat (with M. Kouta and Ch. Kafkarides, Paravan/Koufteros). His short film Shushu (2008) won the Best Picture Award at the United Nations’ Shooting Reality Festival.
He has taught mask improvisation, physical theater and theater for social change at universities in Cyprus and the US (Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, University of Nicosia, Vladimiros Kafkarides School for Acting, National Theatre of Cyprus). He was movement director for The Play that Goes Wrong (Theatro Ena), Zoo and Ubu Roi (Paravan), and has taught voice skills for the performances of The Bacchae, Draught (Center of Performing Arts MITOS) and Again (Pelma Lia Haraki).
Diomedes was the Artistic Director of Greater Nicosia, the city’s bid for the European Youth Capital 2021 title; he has collaborated extensively with the European Commission as an Expert in Arts and Culture on the Creative Europe funding program; and was the Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2021, a unique intercommunal peacebuilding festival based in the Nicosia buffer zone.