John Karabetsos was born in Metro-Detroit, Michigan in 1972—the son of an English Professor and the second oldest of five brothers. Early on, he was drawn to narrative art: first in photography, then later at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied literature and theater. As Karabetsos was completing his studies in Ann Arbor, his mentor Trianos Giagos, Professor of Papyrology and Greek, encouraged him to search deeper into the artistic consciousness of Western culture—and to do so specifically in Greece. He thus enrolled at Arcadia University in Athens, Greece in 1994. Later that year, Karabetsos retreated to the island of Santorini and composed the present collection, Santorini Poems, the first significant work of his career. Since then, Karabetsos has continued to explore Western culture in a variety of media, always stressing commonality rather than difference. His photography has been exhibited at galleries in Dublin, Detroit, and Cleveland. He is a published journalist and member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, having produced articles on the Olympics as well as providing live correspondence for Detroit Public Radio, WRJC during the 2006 Winter Olympics. More recently, Karabetsos has been focusing on performance art. He directed a feature film in Port Laoise, Ireland titled, Vincent van Gogh, 70 Days in Laois, and he is currently preparing his play on the life of photographer Vivian Maier.
Stuart Dunne is thrilled to be working with Kinetoscope Productions. It is a long awaited opportunity to showcase the most significant performance of his career. Stuart is a famous Dublin personality. He was born in 1957 to a typical middle class family. His father David Dunne, raised twelve children in Drimnagh, a south Dublin suburb. Stuart developed his craft at the Focus Theatre, founded by the late Deidre O'Connell, which at that time was Dublin's sole venue for the pratice and teaching of Stanislavski's system of acting. His success led him to productions of A Moon for the Begotton, Abbey Theatre; Hatchet, Olympia Theatre; Blood Guilty, Peacock Theatre; A Street Car Named Desire, New Gasworks. He has appeared in such films as, The Van, The Snapper, and The Courier. In 2003 he earned a nomination for best actor in a television drama, given him by Irish Film & TV Awards for his role as Billy Meehan in the soap opera Fair City. In the early 2000's he began to direct his skills toward painting and sculpture, pursuing a style within the Naïve art tradition. Since then his art work has been shown at the Ambassador Theatre, the IFSC, Davis Gallery, The James Gallery, The Oriel Gallery, and on RTE's Late Late Show. His son Neil has gone on to become an artist. Geraldine, his wife, has operated the casting agency Centre Stage for over 25 years. Stuart has remained a Dubliner throughout his entire career and he still resides with Geraldine in Dublin's southside neighborhood, Top of the Tenters. Oftentimes he can be found with a cup of tea, smoking at Grogan's pub.