Bulgarian director and puppet theatre manager. Kiriakos Argyropoulos is a graduate of the Natsionalna akademia za teatralni i filmovi izkustva (NATFA), (National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts) of the class of Professor Atanas Ilkov. He has staged over sixty productions for children of classic and contemporary authors, and more than twenty theatre productions based on the works of William Shakespeare, Eugène Ionesco, Neil Simon, and Aristophanes.
Many of the productions directed by Argyropoulos have received awards at national and international festivals, including for the following: Chetiri prikazki za edin zmei (Four Tales of a Dragon), awarded “Best Performance” at the International Puppet Festival “Ian Bibian” (Silistra, Bulgaria, 1989); Ptitsite (The Birds) by Aristophanes, awarded “Best Performance” at the International Puppet Festival “Burburak” (Smolian, Bulgaria, 1994); Hvurchiloto (The Kite), a production of Durzhaven kuklen teatur Varna (State Puppet Theatre Varna), which received an IKAR (Icarus) for “Best Direction” from the UBA (Union of Bulgarian Actors) in 1997; Nasiat Grad (Our Town), awarded for “Best Direction” at the International Puppet Festival, Dvama sa malko, Trima sa mnogo (Two are Too Few, Three are Too Many), held in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in 2001.
Since 2002, Argyropoulos is the director and artistic manager of Stolichen kuklen teatur (Sofia Central Puppet Theatre). He is one of the founders of AKT-UNIMA, the Association of Puppet Arts in Bulgaria, and is a founder of the International Festival, Biennale for Street and Puppet Theatre, “Puppet Fair”, held in Sofia the third week of September as part of the celebration of Sofia on September 17.
Kiriakos Argyropoulos gives lectures in acting and directing in Bulgaria and Greece.