GREEK THEATRE

 Greek Theatre is BADA’s month-long summer program dedicated to exploring the performance and reception of ancient drama. Its interdisciplinary model means it is suitable for students and theatre practitioners at various stages of their careers.

Participants will spend the first two weeks of the course in London before traveling to Greece for nine days and then returning to the UK for a final six day residency in Oxford.

At the heart of the course lies the fruitful interaction between text, performance and context, since the course also pays close attention to the cultural, social and political developments in Athens in the 5th Century BCE. We’ll combine theory and practice throughout, and there will be opportunities to perform in a Greek amphitheatre, and amongst the statues of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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  • BADA is pleased to announce our brand new course: Greek Theatre.  This intense, interdisciplinary course not only combines performance and academic research to immerse participants in the world of the classical Greek theatre but also includes the unique opportunity to explore multiple ancient sites and to visit archives and exhibits normally reserved for scholars.

    Participants will come away with a deep understanding of the culture and context in which Greek theatre developed and be able to draw connections from the ancient theatre, through Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre, to theatre and performance today.

     

    Eunice Roberts
    Dean of the British American Drama Academy

  • Applications for Greek Theatre are currently open. Review the information and form below and submit your application by January 15, 2021 to be considered for the Summer 2021 program.

    Your application for Greek Theatre includes:

    • Application form
    • Personal statement (approximately 500 words): Tell us about your background/experience and why you are interested in attending this program.
    • Academic Recommendation: Please ask a faculty member to submit a recommendation letter on your behalf via this link: www.bada.org.uk/greek-rec/ The deadline for Recommendations is January 22, 2021.

    When you are ready to apply, fill out the application form below, upload a PDF copy of your personal statement, and click submit.


  • Proposed Itinerary for 2021.


    Key Dates

    4th June – Arrive in London
    5th June – Orientation
    7th June – Teaching starts
    18th June – Travel to Athens
    27th June – Travel to Oxford
    2nd July – Course ends


    Sample Daily Schedule

    Schedule subject to change depending on the availability of guest artists and theatres’ performance schedules.

    Week 1
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    AM
    ORIENTATION
    FREE
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    BRITISH MUSEUM
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    PM
    ORIENTATION
    FREE
    ACTING
    (2 Hours) &  THEATRE TRIP
    ACADEMIC
    (2 Hours) & ACTING
    (2 Hours)
    ACTING
    MASTERCLASSES
    ACTING
    (2 Hours) &  KALLOS GALLERY TRIP
    ACTING
    (2 Hours)

     

    Week 2
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    AM
    TRIP TO STRATFORD
    FREE
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours)
    ACADEMIC
    (1 Hour) & ACTING
    (2 Hours)
    FLIGHT TO ATHENS
    PM
    ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
    FREE
    ACTING
    MASTERCLASSES
    ACTING
    (2 Hours)
    GUILDHALL AMPHITHEATRE & THEATRE TRIP
    FREE
    TRANSFER TO DELPHI & MEAL AT EPIKOUROS

     

    Week 3
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    AM
    GUIDED TOUR -ANCIENT SITE OF DELPHI
    TRAVEL TO NAFPLIO
    VISIT ANCIENT THEATRE OF EPIDAVROS
    GUIDED TOUR -ANCIENT MYCENAE
    TRAVEL TO ATHENS
    GUIDED TOUR – ACROPOLIS & MUSEUM
    PRIVATE TOUR – NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEM
    PM
    ACTING CLASS W/ PAUL O’MAHONY
    WELCOME AT CHS GREECE & MEAL AT OMFORO TAVERNAKI
    MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
    ACADEMIC
    (3 Hours) AT CHS
    ORIENTATION & TRIP TO ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS
    FREE
    WALKING TOUR – PANATHENIC FESTIVAL & WORKSHOP WITH ARGYRIS XAFIS

     

    Week 4
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    AM
    FLIGHT TO LONDON
    FREE
    APGRD WELCOME
    APGRD ARCHIVES PROJECT
    APGRD ARCHIVES PROJECT
    THEATRE AND CLASSICS SYMPOSIUM
    ONWARD TRAVEL
    PM
    TRANSFER TO OXFORD
    FREE
    APGRD ARCHIVES PROJECT & PRIVATE TOUR – ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM
    APGRD ARCHIVES PROJECT
    APGRD ARCHIVES PROJECT & FORMAL HALL AT ST JOHN’S
    THEATRE AND CLASSICS SYMPOSIUM & FINAL NIGHT

  • Greek Theatre is an intense, interdisciplinary course that combines acting and performance work, academic writing, and archival research.

    Classes include
    • Athenian Theatre in Performance Spanning performance practice in the ancient world up to and including its reception today. How have generations reimagined tragedy to speak to their own eras?
    • Athens and Empire 5th Century BCE Athens was a fledgling democracy with a large empire. The tension inherent in this duality is often manifested in tragedy. This module explores the historical context of tragedy in Athens, as well as the appropriation of wider Greek literature and civilisation by far-right groups today.
    • Shakespeare and the Ancient World We’re told Shakespeare had little Latin and less Greek, but the influence of Greek literature is found throughout his work. This module explores several of his plays, with particular focus on Troilus and Cressida.
    • Performing Tragedy We learn so much about these plays by exploring them as originally intended – in performance. This module will comprise of acting classes on how to approach scenes, monologues and choral work. There will be sessions in mask and movement work.

    Work Expectations
    In addition to in-class acting and academic work and out of class preparation, participants will submit additional written work drawing from the theatre visits, site visits, and archive work:
    • Theatre reports (5 total)
    • Research papers (3 total)

  • Two weeks in London will be spent with time split between the classroom and the studio. Classes will cover the context of tragedy’s creation and early performance, as well as the reception of Attic tragedy in the UK and US. There will be an additional module on the influence of ancient texts in the work of Shakespeare. Studio sessions will focus on performance technique, with sessions on choral work and the role of the mask. Masterclasses will be provided by leading practitioners working with the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

    There will be guided tours of the British Museum, Guildhall Amphitheatre and Kallos Gallery, plus two trips to see performances in London, and one further trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch a production at the Royal Shakespeare Company.


    Ham / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/); https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/British_Museum_from_NE_2_%28cropped%29.JPG The British Museum was founded in 1753 and opened its doors in 1759. It was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge, open to visitors from across the world.

    Enlightenment ideals and values – critical scrutiny of all assumptions, open debate, scientific research, progress and tolerance – have marked the Museum since its foundation.

    The Museum is driven by an insatiable curiosity for the world, a deep belief in objects as reliable witnesses and documents of human history, sound research, as well as the desire to expand and share knowledge.

     

    Philafrenzy / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Guildhall_Roman_Amphitheatre,_London.JPG Guildhall Roman Amphitheater In 1988, Museum of London archaeologists made an astonishing discovery that changed the face of Roman London. During an archaeological dig taking place in preparation for the new Art Gallery building project, it was found that the capital’s only Roman amphitheatre was located in Guildhall Yard. In 2002, the doors to the amphitheatre opened for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.

     

     

     

    Kallos Gallery Founded in 2014 by Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza, Kallos Gallery is a London gallery specialising in ancient art. They offer a carefully curated selection of works from Antiquity, including Ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Western Asiatic and European artefacts.

  • We will then spend 9 days in Greece where we’ll retrace the route of the Panathenaic Festival in Athens, and visit the ancient sites of Delphi, Mycenae and Epidauros.

    We’ll have masterclasses with a leading actor from the National Theatre of Greece, and a choreographer from Greece’s National Opera company. You’ll be accompanied by the course director throughout.


    During your stay in Greece, you will see a number of ancient sites, including:


    Iosk / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Acropolis_Museum_-_Night.jpg The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. More than 4,250 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres. 

     

  • We’ll return to the UK for our final 6 days in Oxford. There we will be based at the Archive for Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, the foremost resource in the world for the study of tragedy and its reception. We’ll have full access to the archive with guidance from an archivist and a talk from Fiona Macintosh. We’ll also be able to attend the post-graduate Theatre and Classics Symposium held by the APGRD in conjunction with the Royal Holloway Theatre Department.

     


    Sarah Casey / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ashmolean_Museum_Entrance_May_2017.png The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology Established in 1683 to house the library and curiosities collected by Elias Ashmole — which included coins, books, and geological and zoological specimens  (among them the stuffed body of the last dodo seen in Europe) the Ashmolean Museum is the oldest university museum in the world. Today the collection includes a coins (Greek, Roman, Celtic, Byzantine, Medieval, Islamic and Chinese), Pre-Raphaelite paintings, majolica pottery, Victorian art and furniture, Chinese art (from the Neolithic period through to modern paintings and prints), antiquities from the Sudan and Ancient Egypt, and the Messiah Stradivarius violin.

     

     

    St. John’s College, University of Oxford was founded in 1555 by Thomas White, Master of the Merchant Taylor’s livery company in London; it is the first college at Oxford to have been founded by a merchant rather than a member of the church. Centrally located on St. Gile’s near the Ashmolean Museum, the College is organized in a series of seven quadrangles, including the Canterbury Quadrangle which is the first example of Italian Renaissance architecture in the city, and includes over four acres of gardens that date back to the 1600s.

    The college remains a major landowner in the city of Oxford.

     

    OxfordPlayhouse / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0); https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oxford_Playhouse.JPG Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone.Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry. The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county.

    The theatre’s Participation team work with over 15,000 people each year through post show discussions, workshops, work experience, holiday schemes, a youth theatre and a young people’s theatre company.

  • Paul O’Mahony (Course Director) is an actor, writer, director and producer. He is artistic director of the multi award winning theatre company Out of Chaos whose work has toured extensively in the UK, Europe, the US and New Zealand. Several Out of Chaos productions have been inspired by Greek literature. He is associate director of Actors From The London Stage with whom he has toured the US, playing leading roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III. He was Eminent Artist in Residence at the University of Wyoming in 2015 and is an Associate of the Center for Hellenic Studies. He is the artistic director of Reading Greek Tragedy Online – a global initiative he started with the CHS when the world went into lockdown. His acting credits include The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Opera. For BADA he has directed three productions, and taught on the London Theatre Program and Midsummer in Oxford. He is currently working on a stage adaptation of the Aeneid, and a musical set in Delphi.

     

    Fiona Macintosh (Course Consultant) is the Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama (APGRD). Professor of Classical Reception and Fellow of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford. She joined the APGRD as Senior Research Fellow in 2000 after holding a lectureship in the Department of English, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. She was Reader in Greek and Roman Drama (2008-2014) and has been the Director of the APGRD since January 2010. Her publications include Dying Acts: Death in Ancient Greek and Modern Irish Tragic Drama (Cork, 1994; New York, 1995), Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre, 1660-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2005, co-authored with Edith Hall), Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is editor of The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World: Responses to Greek and Roman Dance (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Choruses, Ancient and Modern (Oxford University Press, 2013).

     

    Joel Christensen (Course Consultant) is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and teaches courses in Greek Epic and Archaic Poetry; Rhetoric and Literary Theory; Linguistics; Mythology. He taught previously at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2016). He received his BA and MA from Brandeis (’01) in Classics and English and his PhD in Classics from New York University (2007) where he also received an Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory.

    Professor Christensen has been a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies (2013) and has received the Society for Classical Studies’ Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Collegiate Level (2013). In addition to articles on language, myth and literature in the Homeric epics, he has published a Beginner’s Guide to Homer (One World, 2013) and also Homer’s Thebes (CHS, 2019) with Elton T. E. barker as well as A Commentary on the Homeric Battle of Frogs and Mice (Bloomsbury, 2018) with Erik Robinson. In 2020, his “The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic” comes out from Cornell University Press.

    Joel lives with his family in Dorchester, MA. He spends his ‘off’ hours posting material to the popular Classics-oriented website. www.sententiaeantiquae.com and tweeting about it (@sentantiq).

     

    Eunice Roberts (Dean of BADA) Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has a wide professional acting experience in theatre and television. One of her first jobs was the Old Vic World Tour of Hamlet with Sir Derek Jacobi – who was BADA’s Patron for many years. For most of her professional life she has combined acting with teaching and has had the good fortune to tour American universities many times with Actors From The London Stage, in Shakespeare plays, she remains an Associate Director of the company. She has returned to work at various campuses, including for a year being the Visiting Director of Theatre at Vassar College. Eunice has written & produced her own one woman show; Wonderful Women on the Victorian actress Ellen Terry, as well as a devised piece …one, two, three… based on Twelfth Night. She was Producer for the new Norton online edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare – 69 scenes, from 23 plays with 26 actors. She has worked for BADA since 2006 in London and Oxford.

    Eunice has played Clytemnestra and Hecuba, as well as assorted other parts, in the Reading Greek Tragedy Online series.

     

  • Schedules permitting, we will be joined by the following artists for workshops and masterclasses during the course.

     

    Argyris Xafis graduated from the National School of Dramatic Arts in Greece, and has performed ancient tragedies numerous times in Epidaurus. He has won several awards for his cinema and stage work and he’s also an acting professor at Athens Conservatory Drama School. IMDb

  • The APGRD (Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama) is a pioneering international centre for research into performances of Greek and Roman drama worldwide, from antiquity to the present, on stage, screen and radio, in opera and dance.

    Based at the University of Oxford, the APGRD’s rich collections and activities have been made possible by generous support from the AHRC, The Leverhulme Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Onassis Foundation.

    As well as hosting a high-profile series of public talks, the APGRD supports new writing and works closely with practitioners engaged in the creative arts and beyond.

    Research
    The provision of cutting-edge research is one of the APGRD’s primary aims, with a publication record to match.

    Our research team of experienced and emergent scholars has produced pioneering studies and our digital resources include freely available databases of both ancient and modern productions. New research programmes include Performing Epic; Translating Ancient Drama, and Interactive Multimedia e-books.

    The APGRD aims to create a wider community of scholarship, drawing upon experts and practitioners from the worlds of classics, theatre, music and dance. This unique, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approach gives the APGRD additional vitality and relevance.

    Preserve
    Our archives contain over 10,000 items relating to modern performances of Greek and Roman drama. The centrepiece of the archive is the Leyhausen-Spiess collection, which documents European theatre history from the 1920s to the 1970s.

    Managed by a professional archivist, the APGRD archives are accessible to scholars and practitioners. To make an appointment to consult the collections, please see our Visit us page.

    Our video, audio and manuscript collections provide the raw materials for future scholarship and allow modern performances to be preserved for posterity. Donations to the archive are welcome.

    Create
    From commissioning new plays to hosting rehearsed readings, the APGRD works to further the understanding of ancient theatre – where western drama began and where the first musical theatre appeared.

    The APGRD’s members have been producers, academic advisors and consultants on internationally acclaimed productions. The APGRD provides directors, writers, actors, choreographers and composers with a space to speak and engage with academics and students.


  • We welcome applicants at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as those who are not currently enrolled in educational programmes. Applicants aged 18 must have at least one year’s experience away from home to be considered for this course.

    Please note: Greek Theatre is a physically demanding course with a packed schedule that includes a number of walking tours and site visits. All teaching spaces and accommodations are fully accessible but the historical nature of the ancient sites allows for limited accommodations.

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    The 2021 Greek Theatre Program fees are: $7,950

    Program fees include all excursions (theatre trips, site visits, museum admission and tours, etc.), air transportation to/from London to Greece, all ground transportation, meals, and accommodations while on the course.

    All fees are payable in US dollars.


    The 2021 Deposit & Payment deadlines are:

    15th February $500 non refundable deposit
    15th March $3,500
    12th April $2,500
    10th May $1,450

    Please note, in addition to the fees payable to BADA, participants are responsible for:

    • Roundtrip Airfare to the UK
    • Insurance
    • Spending money

    BADA suggests that if you are offered a place on the programme, you should then seriously consider the benefits of taking out a fee protection plan. If for any reason you cannot start or complete the course, insurance would alleviate if not eliminate your financial loss. More information about Fee Protection Insurance can be found in our Refund Policy document, available on our Policies page.

  • These are the proposed accommodations for the 2021 Greek Theatre course and are representative of the type and quality of accommodations for course participants; final accommodations will be confirmed in Spring 2021.


    London – The Stay Club Kentish Town The Stay Club Kentish Town is located just a few blocks from the Kentish Town Underground station on the Northern Line and bus lines offering direct transportation to BADA and all central London Locations. It is a 12 minute walk to the world-famous Camden Market and a 20 minute walk to Hampstead Heath, a large and ancient park that contains spectacular views from one of the highest points in all of London.


    Greece – Acrophole Hotel

    The Acropole Delphi Hotel is a amily-run hotel that invites you to enjoy Delphi. Only one block from the town centre, the peaceful location allows guests to get away from the crowds while still being very close to all the local amenities, the Archaeological Site and the Museum. You’ll fall under the spell of its stunning views of the Gorge of Delphi and the olive groves of Itea. The amazing sunrises and sunsets will remain with you a lifetime.


    Oxford – St. John’s College

    While in Oxford, the course is based at the University of Oxford’s St. John’s College, which was founded in 1555. The college lies in the heart of Oxford and is ideally located and only a 10 minutes’ walk from the Oxford Railway Station and 5 minutes’ walk from the Gloucester Green Bus Station.
    Oxford is one of Europe’s great university cities and contains many of England’s most sublime and beautiful buildings and hosts some of its finest and most historic museums as well as beautiful parks and meadows for our programme participants to explore.


  • BADA is not an accredited US institution; we are unable to provide academic for the course.

    Participants interested in petitioning for credit from their home institution may request grades and evaluations in order to do so. These requests must be submitted to the Program Director before the end of the first week of the course.


    Classroom and Coursework breakdown by hours

    77 hours of contact time

    Classroom time in London – 24 hours
    Acting classes in London – 12 hours
    Trips to British Museum, Kallos Gallery, Guildhall Amphitheatre – 9 hours
    London masterclasses – 4 hours
    Greece – 2 masterclasses – 4 hours
    Greece – guided tours of Delphi, Mycenae, Acropolis – 9 hours
    Greece classroom time – 3 hours
    Greece acting class time – 4 hours
    Oxford classroom time – 4 hours
    Oxford acting classes – 4 hours

    90 hours of unsupervised work

    London – 2 theatre trips, one Stratford trip – 9 hours
    Greece – 2 theatre shows – 6 hours
    Report on each theatre show we see – 5 x 2 = 10 hours
    Oxford seminar – 8 hours
    APGRD access time – 10 hours
    Performance writing/prep – 35 hours
    3 papers x 4 hours – 12 hours


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