Athan Karras was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and raised in California, USA.
He studied Theater Arts with Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Lee Grant, Joseph Anthony and in New York University in New York, USA and Repertory theater-actor/director in Group Twenty Players, Wellesley, MA, USA.
He was Lead Dancer for the Dora Stratou Greek National Folk Ensemble.
He has participated as director, actor, choreographer, narrator, announcer, Master of Ceremonies in many theatrical on and off Broadway, TV and movie productions. He has danced with major dance companies, researched Greek dance as an exponent of his career and has successfully produced and presented folklore programs and events in the U.S. and Canada.
Among others, he is the Founder of the Greek Language Theater of Los Angeles, USA, the instructor of Greek Dance and Culture at Loyola Marymount University, member of the Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theatre and Foundation, Advisor and Director of the Folk Dance Programs for the California Traditional Musical Society "CTMS" which honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also he was named Man of the Year at the Levendia Conference, a Greek Folk Festival in Tarpon Springs, Florida and he received the 2001 Athenagoras I Humanitarian Award which is the highest award given by the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival of the Western Diocese.
He is the author of numerous articles on Greek dance and music that have appeared in several major ethnic and national publications.