Manolis Seiragakis is an actor, a theatre director and a Theatre Studies’ professor assistant in the University of Crete. He is contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove Music Online), as his main research interests focus on issues related to the connection between theatre and music.  He has coordinated three conferences: on the Greek Operetta (Thessaloniki,2011), on incidental music composed for the contemporary staging of ancient drama in Greece(Rethymno, 2012), and on Theatre Revue as a genre (Rethymno, 2015). He received his doctorate from the University of Athens in 2006; his doctoral thesis is entitled: “Light musical theatre in theInterwar Athens (1922-1940)”. During 2009 his revised thesis was published in a two volume book(Kastaniotis editions). He is contributor of the edited volume  Naomi Matsumoto (ed.), Staging Verdi and Wagner Operas, Brepols (Turnhout, Belgium), 2015 which includes his chapter «Mediterranising the Composer of the North: Richard Wagner, Contantinos Christomanos and the Early Modern Greek Theatre». In the University of Crete he supervises three theses; on the librettos of Greek and French Operetta during the Interwar (Evi Nikita), the Stand-up comedy in Greece (Anthony Iliadis) and the theater in Crete in the 20th century (Anna Tzanidaki). Since 2013 he is co-founder of the Theatre troupe and the Festival named Antivaro which is been held every Lent in Rethymnon.