Advisory Board

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Estel Baudou

Black and white headshot photograph of Estel BaudouEstel Baudou is a theatre maker and theatre researcher. They are currently Lecturer in Theatre and Drama at the University of Lincoln. Estel was formerly Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the APGRD (2019-2021) and is author of Créer le choeur tragique (Classiques Garnier, 2021). They also work on theatre productions as a dramaturg (2023: Dans une sorte de désert, director: Q. Rioual; N dégrés de liberté, director: T. Barès) and translate contemporary theatre.
Estel Baudou's publications >>

Felix Budelmann
Felix Budelmann is Professor Classics at the University of Groningen, after 13 years at Magdalen College, Oxford. Prior to that he taught at Manchester and the Open University. He is the author of The Language of Sophocles (Cambridge, 2000) and Greek Lyric: A Selection (Cambridge, 2018), and co-editor of among other titles Textual Events: Performance and lyric in early Greece (2018). Recent publications include 'Metalepsis and readerly investment in fictional characters: reflections on apostrophic reading' in Metalepsis: Ancient Texts, New Perspectives, eds. Matzner, S. & Trimble, G. (2020). Research projects include a study of how Greek literature from Homer down to the Hellenistic period represents the present and the flow of time and responses to classical texts that are not primarily interpretative (personal meaning, affect, ethics, etc.), as well as the Cognitive Classics series and website.
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Helen Eastman

Helen Eastman is a writer and director of theatre and opera. She trained at LAMDA after graduating from the University of Oxford where she was the Passmore Edwards Scholar in Classics and English, and she has a doctorate from King's College London. She is Artistic Director of Creation, director of the Live Canon ensemble, and co-director of Barefaced Greek films. She directed the Cambridge Greek play in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Her freelance work has been seen all over the world, including at Trafalgar Studios, Hackney Empire, Oxford Playhouse, The V&A, The City of London Festival and the National Theatre Studio. 

Erika Fischer-Lichte

Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 1995 to 1999 she was President of the International Federation for Theatre Research. She is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Academy of Sciences at Goettingen, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina at Halle. She is director of the International Research Centre for Advanced Studies on 'Interweaving Performance Cultures'. She has published widely in the fields of aesthetics, theory of literature, art, and theatre, in particular on semiotics and performativity, theatre history, and contemporary theatre. Among her numerous publications are Global Ibsen: Performing Multiple Modernities (2010), The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics (2008, German 2004), Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual: Exploring Forms of Political Theatre (2005), History of European Drama and Theatre (2002, German 1990), The Show and the Gaze of Theatre: A European Perspective (1997), The Semiotics of Theatre (1992, German 1983), and The Dramatic Touch of Difference: Theatre, Own and Foreign (1990).

Helene P. Foley

Helene P. Foley is Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She has served as President of the American Philological Association and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. She has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Loeb Foundation, and Institute for Advanced Study (at Princeton) fellowships as well as three teaching awards. She is the author of Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides (1985), The Homeric Hymn to Demeter (1994), and Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (2001)  and co-author with Elaine Fantham, Natalie Kampen, Sarah Pomeroy, and Alan Shapiro, of Women in the Classical World: Image and Text (1994). She edited Reflections of Women in Antiquity (1982) and co-edited Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature (2007)She has most recently completed a book version of her Sather Classical Lectures at University of California, Berkeley on the reception of Greek tragedy on the U.S. stage and has co-edited with Erin Mee a book on global performances of Sophocles’ Antigone entitled Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (2011).

Constanze Güthenke

Constanze Gü
Constanze Güthenke is Professor of Greek Literature and the E.P. Warren Praelector at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She was trained both in Classics (BA Cambridge) and in European and Comparative Literature (MPhil Cambridge, DPhil Oxford). From 2003-14 Constanze taught in the Classics Department at Princeton University where she was also affiliated with the Program in Hellenic Studies. Her main research interests lie in the field of antiquity after antiquity, and in questions of the disciplinary shape of Classics: why, and how, do classicists ask the questions they ask? Further details of her current project and a list of select publications can be found on the Classics Faculty website

Edith Hall

Edith Hall Consultant Director
Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at the University of Durham. She was previously Professor of Classics at King's College London (2012-2021), Research Professor in Classics, English and Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London (2006-2012), Leverhulme Chair of Greek Cultural History at Durham University (2001-2006), and Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford (1995-2001). Her publications include Aristotle's Way (2018), Introducing the Ancient Greeks (2014), Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris (2013), Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (2010), The Return of Ulysses (2008) and The Theatrical Cast of Athens (2006). She won the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy in 2015 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Athens University in 2017. More information about Edith's research interests, public activities and published works can be found on her personal website.
Edith Hall's CV and publications (PDF) >>

Erin Lee

Black adn white photograph of Erin LeeErin Lee is Head of Archive at the National Theatre in London where she has worked for over a decade. She is a current PhD candidate with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama researching how to archive the development process of productions at the National Theatre. She read Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and has an MS in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University, NY. She is a registered member of the Archives and Records Association, a member of the BAFTA Heritage Committee and a member of the Association of Performing Arts Collection, of which she was chair for six years up to 2023.

Justine McConnell

Justine McConnell is Reader in Comparative Literature and Classical Reception at King’s College London. She was formerly the APGRD’s Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Performing Epic project, and subsequently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at TORCH and Bowra Junior Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. Justine is author of Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939 (OUP, 2013), Performing Epic or Telling Tales (co-authored with Fiona Macintosh; OUP, 2020) and Derek Walcott and the Creation of a Classical Caribbean (Bloomsbury, 2023). She has also co-edited four volumes on the reception of Graeco-Roman antiquity.
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Pantelis Michelakis

Pantelis MichelakisConsultant Director
Pantelis Michelakis has been Research Fellow and then Honorary Research Fellow at the APGRD from 1998-2009. Since 2003 he has been at the University of Bristol where he is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Classics & Ancient History. He is the author of Achilles in Greek Tragedy (CUP 2002) and A Companion to Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis (Duckworth 2006), and co-editor of Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Honour of P.E. Easterling (Society for the Promotion of Greek Studies 2001) and Agamemnon in Performance, 458 BC to AD 2004 (OUP 2005). He is currently working on the reception of Greek tragedy on the modern stage and on screen.
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Mai Musié

Black and white portrait photograph of Mai Musié by John Cairns Mai Musié is an ancient historian, a Public Engagement and Heritage Officer at Swansea University, and co-founder of the Classics in Communities project based in Oxford. She has worked in higher education for the last fifteen years on access, outreach, and heritage projects, including running the outreach programme for Oxford's Faculty of Classics. Her research areas focus on race and ethnicity in the ancient world. She is co-editor of Forward with Classics: Classical Languages in Schools and Communities and a trustee of Classics for All and The Roman Society.

Giuseppe Pezzini

Black and white portrait photograph of Giuseppe Pezzini  Giuseppe Pezzini is Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, after holding posts at St Andrews, Magdalen College Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. From 2010-2013 he worked as Assistant Editor for the Oxford Dictionary of Medieval Latin. His main area of research is Latin Language and Literature, with a special focus on Early Latin and Roman Theatre. Following his successful conference on the reception of Terence's Eunuchus (June 2022) and on the reception of Plautus' Stichus (June 2023), he is co-organising another on Terence’s Phormio (2024).

Patrice Rankine
Patrice Rankine is Professor in Classics at the University of Chicago. He is author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature (2006), which focuses on the Ulysses theme as an organizing trope in African American literature of the twentieth century; and Aristotle and Black Drama: A Theater of Civil Disobedience (2013), which draws from theatre and performance theory. His Theater and Crisis: Myth, Memory and Racial Reckoning in America, 1964-2020 was published in 2024 by Lever Press.  Slavery and the Book (forthcoming) will continue Rankine’s study of race, modernity, and the classics through a history of the interactions with books and the publishing industry among enslaved people across time. He has spent time in Brazil, most recently doing archival research on slaves who worked in (or later owned) printing presses in the 19th century. Rankine is also a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015).

David Ricks

Professor David RicksDavid Ricks retired in 2020 as Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at King’s College London. He is the author of The Shade of Homer: a study in Modern Greek poetry (1989), the editor of Byzantine Heroic Poetry (1990), and the co-editor of several volumes on Byzantine and modern Greek cultural identity and connections. His contributions in the area of classical tradition include essays on English translations of Homer, on Neoplatonists in modern Greek poetry, and on the poetry of Cavafy in relation to Plutarch and the Greek Anthology. With Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala), he is Editor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, which welcomes contributions on classical reception in the Greek-speaking world.

Oliver Taplin

Oliver TaplinConsultant Director
Oliver Taplin was Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College at Oxford from 1973 to 2008; he was given the title of Professor in 1996. As an Emeritus Fellow and Professor, he remains actively involved with the APGRD and related projects. His books include The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (1977), Greek Tragedy in Action (1978), Comic Angels (1993), and Pots and Plays (Getty, 2007). He has always been concerned to disseminate interest in the ancient Greek world and in its reception. He has worked with productions in the theatre, including The Oresteia at the National Theatre (1980-1981), The Thebans at the RSC (1991-1992), The Oresteia at the National Theatre (1999-2000) and Swallow Song (Los Angeles 2004, Oxford and London 2006). The APGRD combines his interests both in performance and in reception.
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Ruth Webb

Ruth Webb is currently Professor of Greek at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 and a member of the UMR 8163, Savoirs, Textes, Langage. She has been Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, London and held teaching positions in the Department of Classics at Princeton (1994-2001), the Greek Department at the Université Paris X-Nanterre (2005-2008) and was most recently visiting Professor in the History of Art at Nanterre. She has also worked closely with the APGRD on the reception of ancient drama in Graeco-Roman antiquity. She has published Demons and Dancers: Performance in Late Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2008) and Ekphrasis, Imagination and Persuasion in Ancient Rhetorical Theory and Practice (Ashgate, 2009) in addition to many articles on rhetoric, theatre and dance in the Imperial period and in Late Antiquity.