Theodoros Terzopoulos was born in the village of Makrygialos, in the Pieria area of Northern Greece. He attended K. Michailidis’ Drama School (Athens, 1965-1967) studying under George Sevastikoglou, Leonidas Trivisas and Kostis MichailidisΗe studied at the Berliner Ensemble (Berlin, 1972-1976) instructed by Heiner Müller, Manfred Wekwerth, Ruth Berghaus and Ekkehart Schall.
He has been Director of the Drama School of the State Theatre of Northern Greece (Thessaloniki, 1981-1983) and artistic director of the International Meeting of Ancient Drama in Delphi (1985-1988). There he invited renowned personalities of the international theatre scene, among them Heiner Müller, Marrianne Mc Donald, Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson, Andrei Serban, Wole Soyinka, Min Tanaka, Yuri Liubimov, Anatoli Vasiliev, Andrzej Wajda.
He created the ATTIS theatre group in 1985 in Delphi.
Since 1990 he has been a founding member of the International Institute of the Mediterranean Theatre comprising 22 Mediterranean countries.
Since 1991 he has been the President of the International Institute of the Mediterranean Theatre in Greece holding a series of events (International Festival “Violence and Peace in the Mediterranean Theatre” -Patra, 1991, “Days of Theatre Education”- Mytilini, symposiums, etc).
Since 1993 he is the Chairman of the International Committee of the Theatre Olympics. On 1995 as the artistic director of the 1st Theatre Olympics at Delphi, with the title “Crossing Millennia” , he invites significant international performances and artists .
He was the Chairman of the 2nd Theatre Olympics that were held in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1999, with the title “Creating Hope”, of the 3rd Theatre Olympics that were held in Moscow in 2001, with the title “Theater for the people”, as also of the 4th Theatre Olympics that were held in Istanbul in 2006, with the title “Beyond the Borders” and of the 5th Theatre Olympics that were held in Seoul, Korea in 2010, with the title “Sarang (Love and Humanity)”.
In 2005 he founds a new International Meeting of Ancient Drama in Municipality of Sykion, in Korinthos, with the title “Skotos emon faos”. The 2nd International Meeting of Ancient Drama in Municipality of Sikion, was held in 2006 with the title “Descent”, while the 3rd edition was held in 2011 with the title “Revenge”.
Performances: The Bakery by Bertolt Brecht, with the Thessaloniki Theatre Lab (1977), Mahagony by Brecht, with the Thessaloniki Theatre (1977), A happy event by Slavomir Mrozek, with the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1978), Behind Closed Doors by Jean Paul Sartre, with the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1980), Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca, with the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1981), Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht, with the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1983), Freedom in Bremen by Reiner Werner Fassbinder, at the L.T.T. Theatre in Tübingen, Germany (1988).
He supervised the following productions: Acquaintance with Brecht (Achillion Theatre, Thessaloniki, 1976), Maria Farandouri sings Brecht (Dimitria, Thessaloniki, 1979), Ekkehart Schall and Maria Farandouri sing Brecht (Dimitria Thessaloniki & Berliner Ensample, 1980), Alabama Song with the Drama School of the State Theatre of Northern Greece (1980), Recital by Ekkehart Schall (Broadway theatre, Athens, 1980), Recital by Gisela May (Dimitria Thessaloniki and Herakleion, 1981), The Passions of the Moon, a homage to Lorca with Maria Farandouri (Music Megaron, Athens, 1996).
Performances with ATTIS theatre: BACCHAE by Euripides (1986), MEDEAMATERIAL by Heiner Müller (1988), QUARTET by Heiner Müller (1989), PERSIANS by Aeschyles (1990), THE LIBERATION OF PROMETHEUS by Heiner Müller, with Heiner Müller and Sofia Michopoulou (Berlin, 1991), PHAIDRA by Marina Tsvetayeva, with Alla Demitova (Medieval Castle of Patras, 1991), QUARTET by Heiner Müller, with Alla Demidova and Dimitri Pevtsov (Taganka Theatre, Moscow, 1993), CANON by Vassilis Vassikehayoglou (1993), ANTIGONE by Sophocles, with Greek and Italian actors (Teatro Olympico, Vicenza, 1994), PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschyles (1995), MEDEAMATERIAL by Heiner Müller (Marinou Factory, Argos Festival, 1995), MEDEAMATERIAL by Heiner Müller with Alla Demidova (1996), IO = moon at Vavouli Factory, Argos Festival (1996), HERACLES by Heiner Müller (1997), HERACLES (performance based on Heiner Müller’s Heracles, National Stadium of Argos, Argos Festival, 1997), DIONYSUS (a scenic composition based on Euripides’ Bacchae and the Pre-Colombian myth of the deity Yurupari, with Colombian actors at the International Festival of Bogota, 1998), MONEY by Bertolt Brecht (1998), DESCENT (a scenic composition based on Euripides’ Heracles Enraged and Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, 1999), HERACLES ENRAGED by Euripides (with Turkish actors at the International Festival of Istanbul, 1999), HERACLES’ DESCENT (a scenic composition based on Euripides’ Heracles Enraged and Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, with Greek and Turkish actors, a co-production of ATTIS Theatre and the International Festival of Istanbul, 1999), PASCA DEVADIS by Michelangelo Pira (a co-production of ATTIS Theatre and the Cagliari Theatre, 1999), THE CROWN by Yannis Kontrafouris (2000), HERACLES ENRAGED by Euripides (2000), TRISTIA (a scenic composition based on Medea’s, Electra’s and Phaidra’s monologues, with Alla Demidova, Delphi (2000), HAMLET, AN APPRENTICE by Boris Pasternak with Alla Demidova (2001), BACCHAE by Euripides (a production of Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus with stage design by Jannis Kounellis, 2001), LETHE by Dimitris Dimitriadis (2002), MEDEAMATERIAL by Heiner Müller (within the frameworks of the artistic exhibition “Poisons”, at Technopolis in Athens, 2002), PHILOKTETES by Sophokles (Theatre Academy of Berlin, 2003), ROCKABYE by Samuel Beckett (2003), TRIPTYCH by Samuel Beckett (2003), EPIGONI (a scenic composition of fragments from lost tragedies by Aeschyles, 2003), PERSIANS by Aeschylus (with young directors from countries of the ex-Soviet Union, a production of Meyerhold Center of Moscow, 2003), AJAX the madness, by Sophocles (2004), THE LAST MASK – fallimento by Kostas Logaras (2006), JENIN by Etel Adnan (2006), PERSIANS by Aeschyles (with Greek and Turkish actors, a co-production between Attis Theatre, International Festival of Istanbul, Festival of Athens – Epidaurus and Theatre Olympics, at the Byzantine Church of St. Irene in Istanbul and at Epidaurus, 2006), OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles (with Russian actors at Alexandrinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, 2006), KASSANDRA by Marios Pontikas (2007), EREMOS by Carlo Michelstaedter (world premiere, 2007), MADEMOISELLE JULIE by August Strindberg (2008), PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus (Central Drama Academy of Beijing, 2008), DANCER by Erich Arendt (2009), MAUSER by Heiner Müller (2009), IOCASTA by Yannis Kontrafouris, PROMETHEUS BOUND by Aeschylus (with Greek, Turkish and German actors, co-production of Istanbul Cultural Capital of Europe 2010, Essen Cultural Capital of Europe 2010 and Athens Festival, 2010), ALARME, (scenic composition based on the correspondence between Queen Elisabeth and Maria Stewart, 2010), ANTIGONE by Sophocles(Central Drama Academy of Beijing, 2011), MAUSER by Heiner Müller (in Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, with Polish actors, 2012), AMOR (scenic composition based on texts by Thanasis Alevras, 2013), ENDGAME by Samuel Becket with Russian actors (Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, 2014), NOSFERATU opera composed by Dmitri Courliandski (Tchakovski Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, 2014), BACCHAE by Euripides with Russian actors (Electrotheatre Stanislavski, 2015), ANTIGONE by Sophocles with American and Greek actors (Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, U.S.A., 2015).
Terzopoulos and the ATTIS group have been on numerous tours in Greece and abroad. Within 30 years, ATTIS group produced over 1900 performances all over the world.
The work method of ATTIS group in performing Greek tragedy is taught at Drama Schools and the Departments of Classical Studies of 30 Universities around the world. Theodoros Terzopoulos is leading many workshops, teaching his work method.
He has been awarded with many Theatre Prizes in Greece and abroad and he is Emeritus Professor in drama departments in universitities and drama academies. Many books have been published and translated in greek, english, german, turkish, russian, polish and chinese about his work method and his theatre approach. On 2015 he published the book about his method under the title "The Return of Dionysus", which is being translated and published in many languages (Greek, Russian, Korean, English, German, Polish, Turkish, Chinese).