Ellada was born and raised in Cyprus. She has studied in Cyprus and the United States. She has worked as a dramaturge, theatre director, workshop facilitator and independent consultant, in collaboration with theatre companies, NGOs and international organisations. She is interested in the relationship between theatre/dramaturgy and identity, and works in the intersection of aRtivism and scholarship in post-colonial, post-conflict communities. She is co-founder of Rooftop Theatre, member of the Leadership Circle of the IMPACT Project and a 2020-21 Global Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts. She was the Artistic and Executive Director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2019, 2020, and 2021. She was the 2021 Global Faculty in Residence at Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU.
Nihal Soğancı is part of the Home for Cooperation team and is currently continuing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. She is part of the Buffer Fringe Hive 2022 and was the co-creative director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2020-2021. Her research and work focus on creative tactical forms of everyday and interdisciplinary practices that combine anthropological approaches with contemporary artistic practices. She holds an MSc in International Public Policy with a particular focus on Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from the University College London (UCL) and BA in Languages and Translation from the University of Surrey, UK. She has published and presented her work in various symposiums and conferences and organises collage workshops.