ReTAGS - University of Cape Town

Since 2020 the APGRD has been working closely with the Mellon-funded ReTAGS project (Reimagining Tragedy in Africa and the Global South) at the University of Cape Town. In October 2022 APGRD Archivist Claire Kenward and ReTAGS Archivist Jayne Batzofin co-organised their first online workshop, 'Performing Archives in the Digital Present'. In 2023 the APGRD and ReTAGS are co-hosting two conferences, the first in Oxford in September and the second in Cape Town in December. Leo Kershaw (Balliol), an APGRD doctoral student, was hosted by the ReTAGS team during a research trip in 2022, and ReTAGS researchers have participated in the APGRD’s annual joint postgraduate symposium and will deliver papers at the 2023 Oxford conference. In 2020 ReTAGS’s Principal Investigator Mark Fleishman delivered an APGRD Public Lecture while on a research trip to Oxford, and in 2022 Mark Fleishman and his Co-Investigator Mandla Mbothwe discussed the project in the APGRD Podcast.

Akademie věd České republiky (Czech Academy of Sciences): Classics and Cold War Theatre

Classics and Cold War Theatre (1956-1989) involves a comparison of theatre and classics in the East and West of Europe during the Cold War. Patrners at the Czech Academy include Alena Sarkissian; Jakub Čechvala, and Martin Pšenička (Univerzita Karlova (Charles University)); UK partners include Fiona Macintosh and Claire Kenward (APGRD, Oxford) and Henry Stead (St Andrews).

Institut für Theaterwissenschaft FU Berlin Partnership

The APGRD has been granted funds under the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership scheme (OXIBER) to collaborate with the ​Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin. Sixteen researchers from Oxford and Berlin, including doctoral and early career researchers, will participate in two workshops this year (2022) in Oxford and Berlin respectively to begin work on a research project entitled 'Shaping antiquity through the archive: construction, reconstruction, composition'. The central question to be explored will be 'what does a history of theatre and performance look like when it attends to the specificities (in terms of production, distribution, and curation) of different media?'

Histoire des Arts et des Répresentations / CHORUS

The APGRD has been in partnership with Paris Nanterre’s research group HAR (Histoire des Arts et des Représentations) since 2011, when Christian Biet and Fiona Macintosh set up an annual joint colloquium in order to foster dialogue between researchers on themes relevant both to the reception of ancient drama and the history of performance from the early modern period to the present. Although Professor Biet died tragically in the summer of 2020, the annual colloquia continue under the co-organisation of Cécile Dudouyt (APGRD/Paris Nord Sorbonne) and Tiphaine Karsenti (Paris Nanterre). Since 2023 this partnership has become CHORUS.

Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX)

The APGRD is proud of its affiliation with Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX), based at St Hilda's College Oxford, which provides a major forum for dance scholarship in Europe, promoting dialogue between prominent academic disciplines and the worlds of dance theory and practice. The APGRD and DANSOX co-host regular events relating to ancient Graeco-Roman dance, the idea of the ancient dancer in the modern world, contemporary choreography of ancient drama and epic and on choral movement in dance drama and theatre.

Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium

The APGRD has been running an Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium with the University of London on the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama since 2000. In the early years it provided a rare opportunity for Classicists to enter into dialogue with researchers in Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and it has grown over the years to provide a forum for postgraduates from all over the world who work on ancient drama as practitioners, writers or researchers in Classics, Theatre and Translation Studies. This two-day event is spent both in London and in Oxford. It has been generously supported in recent years by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the Classical Association, which means that travel bursaries are available for students.

British American Drama Academy’s (BADA) summer training programme

The APGRD is partnered with the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in their summer training programme, Greek Theatre: from the Ancient World to the Modern, Through Theory and Performance, which began in 2021.

Gardzienice European Centre for Theatre Practices

Since September 2013, the APGRD has been officially partnered with Gardzienice European Centre for Theatre Practices in Poland. The Company was founded in 1997 by Włodzimierz Staniewski and has produced five ‘Greek/Roman’ performances: Metamorphoses, Elektra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia in Tauris, and the Pythian Oratorio. It has developed a new performance language, inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity and derived from the classical iconography, musical fragments and texts on which the performances are based.

Théâtre du Soleil - École Nomade

In September 2015, the APGRD, along with the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Oxford Playhouse, Pegasus Theatre, and the Institut Français, hosted Europe’s foremost experimental theatre director, Ariane Mnouchkine, and five members of her radical collective, Théâtre du Soleil, for the duration of their travelling summer school's residency in Oxford.