Naomi Velissariou (Bilzen, 1984) is a theatre maker who uses philosophical and scientific concepts and personal ideas as the cornerstones of her theatre plays. Her work stands out for its vivid imagery. Velissariou holds a Master in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Antwerp, and in 2012 she completed the Acting Programme at the Maastricht Theatre Academy.
In addition to creating her own work as a theatre maker, Naomi also performs as an actress in the theatre and in films and TV shows. Her theatre performances include the play The truth about Kate by Davy Pieters (2014), while she made her film debut in Out of love (2015) by Paloma Aguilera Valdebenito and her TV debut in Chausée d’amour (deMensen). She will also be performing in Cobain, Nanouk Leopold’s latest movie, which will premiere during the coming edition of the Berlinale.
In 2014 Naomi won the prize for young theatre makers, the TAZ KBC jongtheatermakersprijs for her show A Tragedy (simplified), and in 2017 she received the Charlotte Köhler Prize, an incentive awarded to talented young artists by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Velissariou lives and works in Amsterdam.
In 2019 she won the price for best director at the Nederlands Theater Festival for PERMANENT DESTRUCTION – The SK Concert.