Constantine Koukias

Creative Director

Constantine Koukias was the Artistic Director and CEO of IHOS Music Theatre & Opera for 23 years in Australia.

Constantine’s avant-garde approach to the presentation of opera has resulted in hybrid productions such as Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water, MIKROVION (Small Life – 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life), The Divine Kiss, and Tesla – Lightning in His Hand. His most recent large-scale work, The Barbarians, was inspired by Constantine Cavafy’s famous poem “Waiting for the Barbarians” and commissioned by the Museum of Old and New Art.

His works range from large-scale music-theatre and opera to mobile installation-art events.
His compositions have earned acclaim as being remarkable for their mesmerising, atmospheric qualities created by accompanying temporal and spatial production designs. In his recent works, exotic flavours have been introduced through Eastern timbres and melody-design.

In 1993, he was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to compose ICON, a large-scale music-theatre piece, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.

Additional music-theatre works include Kimisis – Falling Asleep, Borders, Orfeo, Rapture – Sonic Taxi Performance, Schwa – The Neutral Vowel, Antigone, and The Da Ponte Project. Prayer Bells, which draws on traditions of Latin, Hebrew, and Byzantine chant, had its USA premiere at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

In 2004, he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. His Incantation II for soprano and digital delay won the International Valentino Bucchi Vocal Prize in Rome in 1997. His design credits include the internationally acclaimed Odyssey and Medea.


Suzanne Maenen

Susanne Maenen

Organizational Manager

Susanne Maenen started her not-for-profit work as the secretary for the international NGO Surfrider Foundation, Chapter Holland.

During her work for the Surfrider Foundation, Susanne studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. There, she had the opportunity to set-up and lead a development project for the Dutch NGO BothENDS in Uganda. She designed and executed a water resource-management research project and coordinated a variety of leading local NGOs in Kampala

She followed her bachelor’s degree with an International Development Studies master program at Wageningen University. Susanne expanded her organisational and coordinating experience into consultancy when she managed a team to produce policy advice for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving).

Since finishing her master’s studies, Susanne has worked as a freelance consultant all over the world. She coordinated the set-up of an Ecovillage with a digital nomad and entrepreneur accelerator programme in Sri Lanka.


Ivan Paitre

Technical Director

Ivan Paitre (1987) was born in France and has been based Amsterdam since 2014. Over the years, he has lived and worked in major cities all over the world: Montréal, Miami, Paris, London, and São Paulo, to name but a few.

He is at home in a variety of genres, from sound and film production to site-specific décor and costume design, and is employed for projects in the worlds of modern pop/opera/theatre and for commercial events.

His early training was focussed on the music industry. From 2003 to 2005, he was mentored by multi-platinum producer/songwriter and Grammy winner, Rudy Perez, in Miami Beach.

In 2008, after experience in the USA and France, he oversaw the live sound engineering production for Le Caveaux des oubliettes in Paris. In France, too, he added lighting design to his skill set, creating Cymatic light VJ installations of vibrating water.

Recent film projects include Weerzienwekkend, Reliviation by Wouter Springer and Ray van Der Bas, starring Pamela Anders; and Bijltjesdag (Day of Reckoning) and The Apricot Tree by Gideon van Eeden and Ray van der Bas, starring John Leddy and Wendy Riksen.

He was the assistant producer on numerous editions of Inner Voyage by Ballet Bernasconi based in San Francisco. In 2018, he created a place where all projects are possible with “Smiles for Miles Consultings,” an advisory bureau that enables a multidisciplinary range of technological know-how.

His clients are, among others, the artists Lange Frans, Roxeanne Hazes, Ginger, and Thomas Berge.

He has been a part of creating Kuza, a digital creative agency with its focus on the UN SDG awareness, along with working with Green Metropolitan Council, in Amsterdam a consulting bureau advising businesses on transformation technologies and circular sustainability in practice.

For Foundation IHOS Amsterdam, Ivan acts as its technical director. With Constantine Koukias, he co-designed the mise-en-scène for Backwards from Winter by Douglas Knehan for its Australian premiere at the Dark Mofo Festival(2018). Current pieces include technical design for music theatre works Hypnos and A Deep Black Sleep, and as assistant director for the upcoming feature film opera Shaped by Trees.