Stefo Nantsou is an actor/writer/director. He has acted in feature films, short films, web series, on TV and in over 200 theatre productions worldwide, playing a broad range of ethnicities such as Macedonian, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, Anglo-Australian, South American, North American, Samoan, Spanish and Russian respectively. He is adept at both comedy and drama, can play a variety of genres, and is best described as a versatile character actor. He has also directed over 130 theatre productions worldwide and written over 50 plays, having 3 books published in his almost 40-year career.
Born in Newcastle, Australia from Macedonian parents, Stefo co-founded the Ship-O-Fools in 1980, was an ensemble actor/writer with Freewheels Theatre (1983-84) a full-time ensemble member of Sydney’s Sidetrack Theatre (1985-87), and founded Zeal Theatre in 1989, now celebrating 30 years of touring original theatre worldwide receiving critical acclaim and numerous awards for their powerful and thought-provoking productions dealing with contemporary social issues with biting humour and empowering truthfulness. Under Stefo’s accomplished directorial leadership, Zeal has created over 50 original productions, notably “Joyride” (600+ performances throughout Australia & New Zealand ‘92-‘96) and “The Stones” (performed with co-writer Tom Lycos 1400+ times worldwide, also translated in more than 30 countries). Zeal Theatre received the prestigious ASSITEJ President’s Award for ‘outstanding services to the theatre for young people industry’ in Montreal, Canada in 2005.
Stefo was resident director at Sydney Theatre Company 2009-2013 where he wrote, directed and acted in 10 original productions. He has also directed his plays for companies around Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Norway, Hungary, South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.