Menelaos Prokos is a theater improviser, instructor, photographer and life-long traveller. During the 13 years he spent traveling around the world, he settled in Austin, Texas for three years, during which he got neck-deep in improv comedy theater. He trained with three different theaters and took part in many Improv Theater production in Austin. He was amazed by how passionate this art form is and the way it broadens one’s imagination and gets them laughing like little kids for hours.
It was the logical (but utterly unexpected) next step to move back to Greece and found ImproVIBE, the first and only improv theater school in Athens and the whole of Greece. He is also the producer of Mt Olymprov, Greece's International improv Festival, that has been running successfully and growing for the past 4 years.
Many years ago he obtained a degree and an MSc in a field that he detests, has worked as anything from translator for a large international financial group to sushi chef at a super market (and everything in between), has lived in 5 different countries on 4 continents, and has ended up in the hospital a number of times.
He is heavily involved in applied improvisation, working with companies from all around the world. Outside of Greece, he has taught/performed all over Europe, as well as USA and Colombia. He is able to teach in Greek, English, Spanish and French.
His teaching primarily focuses on acting natural, adding fun and realism that comes directly from the heart, and pushing the students towards enjoying everything they do on stage. He strongly believes in creating emotional improv with a purpose that goes beyond the quick joke and has impact, not just for the audience but for the performers as well.
When not swimming the improv seas, he spends most of his free time cycling, playing escape room games and cleaning up the mess his dog makes.