By Christina Katsantoni

Since she was a child, set and costume designer Eva Nathena has always wanted to draw and managed to do so despite her father’s objections. She designed scene settings and brought to life the world of Shakespeare, Becket and other creators. 

She was born in Heraklion, Crete, and studied in the Athens School of Fine Arts. In the School, she studied painting under painter Chronis Botsoglou and set design under Giorgos Ziakas. 

Her mentor was Dionisis Fotopoulos. By working as an assistant alongside him, she was taught many things that today wants to transfer to her associates too. 

She has worked in many great films and theatrical plays. Throughout her journey in theatre and cinema she has worked with remarkable directors like Giorgos Michaelidis, Pantelis Voulgaris, Roula Pateraki, Olga Malea, Giannis Kakleas and more. 


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She has won the State Award for Best Costume Design for “Brides” by Pantelis Voulgaris, “Playing Parts” by Panagiotis Portokalakis and “URANYA” by K. Kapakas. She has collaborated with the Greek National Opera and has worked as a costume designer for C. Gavras in the show “All around is light” in the Metropolitan Opera of New York.

The latest film that she worked in is “Man of God” which tells the story of Saint Nektarios, written and directed by Yelena Popovic. 

In her Leaders Talk, Eva Nathena, the set and costume designer that has worked in great movies and theatrical plays, talks about her relationship with drawing and scenography, her visual journeys to different creative fields, the cultivable qualities that can protect talent, the burden of selfishness and how she got rid of it, and the greatest creation of her life which fills every moment with happiness.