Lydia Lukidis is an author, creator and conceptual artist. Her passion for reading and writing began at a very young age when she started composing poem after poem in her journals. She later acquired her Bachelor degree in English Literature from McGill University and her love for the written word continued to grow.
Lydia fuses her creativity and skills to educate, inspire and entertain children. Her mandate as an artist is to provoke thought and feeling while having a positive impact on children. Many of her children’s creative books and stories have been published including thirty one eBooks for Smart Kidz Club. Her first book in print, The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine, was published in 2014, followed by Melvin and the Madcap Musical which was released in 2016. In addition to her creative work, she also composes educational activities, lesson plans and curriculum based texts for children.
Her background is multi-disciplinary and spans the fields of literature, theater and puppetry. Lydia has co-written and co-produced five plays for Panadream Theater, a company she co-founded in 2007. These plays for young audiences were told through the eyes of string marionettes. Her award winning play Yorgo & the World was selected to be part of the prestigious 2012 World Puppetry Festival in China. Her plays were presented at many festivals such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the International Puppetry Festival in Russia, the Toronto International Circus Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival among many others. As a puppeteer, she toured extensively spreading joy to children from all walks of life.
Lydia also does school visits and gives writing workshops for children aged 5-12. Her aim is to help children cultivate their imagination, sharpen their writing skills and develop self-confidence while improving their literacy. She is currently part of the Culture in the Schools Program organized by the Ministre de Culture et Communications Québec. These workshops are subsidized by the Quebec Government.
In addition to her work with children, Lydia writes articles and blogs for magazines and websites that target adults. She also does conceptual work for creative companies such as Moment Factory, where her latest project was to collaborate on a family show for Royal Caribbean International.