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About Elena Yianni

"Young people can lead and make a difference right now. We don’t have to wait until we are older to have an impact." - Delaney Reynolds

At the age of 5, Elena was drawn to the arts. Inspired by "High School Musical," a beloved Disney Channel production, she expressed her enthusiasm, saying, "When I grow up, I want to be part of something big and special like that!"

Her early fascination ignited a lifelong journey dedicated to storytelling, creativity and collaboration. Elena views art not only as a form of expression but also as a potent platform for marginalised voices, a catalyst for societal transformation, and a fundamental human right.

As an artist, she aims to challenge the conventional limits of stage productions, pushing the boundaries of what is presented on stage. She also aims to break down the barriers limiting young artists and help propel the arts towards a future of inclusivity and collaboration.

She is particularly intrigued by new work and reviving pieces that could benefit from a breath of fresh air, offering them a contemporary flair. At the center of her artistic pursuits are stories, and she utilizes whatever medium - be it theater, film, music, or others - she deems most suitable to convey each narrative. The stories that currently have her attention, are those that delve into various themes, encompassing human experiences, cultural interactions, love, and societal challenges.

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Elena graduated from university in 2021 and has since taken on roles as Director, Assistant Director, and Producer for a variety of fringe festival and pub theatre productions. From directing and producing a brand new musical ('Ghost Light') to creating a short film ('Waiting') currently being showcased at Theatre Deli as part of Delivision. She is whole heartedly committed to the industry and is happiest when in the midst of making work.

 

She founded and is currently Artistic Director of 'A Million Dreams Arts,' a newly established multi-disciplinary company dedicated to nurturing creatives aged 13-30.​ AMDA is dedicated to solely and exclusively working with passionate and professional artists aged 13 to 30 in the Theatre, Film, Music, and Dance industries. We offer space, resources, training, mentoring, and opportunities to nurture their talent, develop their craft and cultivate their unique artistic voices. By partnering with organisations focused on youth, we aim to forge strong connections and foster a vibrant community. Our goal is to bridge the divide between young creatives and the professional industry, encouraging experimentation and fostering creativity. Through this collaborative effort, we strive to create innovative and impactful art that sets new standards for excellence in the industry.

Currently, she is serving as a Young Associate at Lyric Hammersmith since October 2023, Elena's role allows her to immerse herself in the community, while further honing her skills and expanding her professional network.


Elena is poised to carve out a lasting legacy in the arts realm, igniting inspiration, pioneering groundbreaking work, and affirming the potential of young individuals.

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