Reading Greek Tragedy Online

Episodes | Project Background | Outreach | Contributor Biographies

In partnership with Out of Chaos Theatre, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Kosmos Society are presenting Reading Greek Tragedy Online, a weekly series that brings together actors and researchers to perform and discuss scenes from Greek tragedy. 

Artistic Director: Paul O'Mahony (Out of Chaos Theatre)
Host and Faculty Consultant: Joel Christensen (Brandeis University)
Dramaturg: Emma Pauly
Executive Producer: Lanah Koelle (Center for Hellenic Studies)
Producers: Keith DeStone (Center for Hellenic Studies), Hélène Emeriaud, Janet Ozsolak, and Sarah Scott (Kosmos Society)
Poster Artist: John Koelle
Poster Designer: Allie Marbry (Center for Hellenic Studies)

Episodes [back to top]

Upcoming Episodes

All start times are 3pm ET unless otherwise noted. Live stream available at chs.harvard.edu and on YouTube.

June 3 Andromache, Euripides 
with Katerina Ladianou (Center for Hellenic Studies)

June 10 Oedipus Tyrannus, Sophocles
with Efimia Karakantza (University of Patras)

June 17 Ion, Euripides at 10am ET
with Michael Scott (University of Warwick) 

June 24 Hecuba, Euripides
with Toph Marshall (University of British Columbia) 

Previous Episodes

Links to recordings of previous episodes are below. The full playlist is available on YouTube.

Aeschylus

The Persians with Erika Weiberg (Duke University); translation by I. Johnston

Sophocles

Ajax with Bruce King (Gallatin School of Individualized Study-New York University); translation by I. Johnston

Philoctetes with Norman Sandridge (Howard University); translation by R. Jebb

Women of Trachis with Amy Pistone (Gonzaga University); translation by R. Jebb

Euripides

Bacchae with Timothy Moore (Washington University of St. Louis); translation by T.A. Buckley, revised by A. Sens, further revised by G. Nagy

Helen with Joel Christensen (Brandeis University); translation by E.P. Coleridge, revised by members of Kosmos Society

Herakles with Anne-Sophie Noel (École Normale Supérieure-Lyon); translation by R. Potter, adapted by M. Ebbott and C. Dué

Iphigenia in Aulis with Mat Carbon (Université de Liège) and theater director Adam Barnard; translation by E.P. Coleridge

Orestes with Claire Catenaccio (Georgetown University); translation by I. Johnston

Trojan Women with Robin Mitchell-Boyask (Temple University); translation by E.P. Coleridge, revised by members of Kosmos Society

Project Background [back to top]

Details coming soon.

Outreach [back to top]

Details coming soon.

Contributor Biographies [back to top]

Out of Chaos Theatre

Out of Chaos combines creative physical approaches to theatre and rigorous text work which investigates old stories and their enduring relevance to modern audiences. 
They make work which is exciting, challenging and generous, with a belief in the absolute importance of clear storytelling in creative and surprising forms. Every one of their productions puts the audience at its heart – including them within the action of the play to create truly communal events with the power to move, entertain, edify and enthral. They have toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the US and New Zealand, winning multiple awards. Their artistic director is Paul O’Mahony who has twice been a visiting artist at the CHS. He is currently working on an adaptation of the Aeneid, and a musical inspired by the ancient Olympics. 

Actors and Panelists

Adam Barnard is a writer and director based in London / Brighton, UK. He works in theatre, film and journalism.

Nichole Bird was a member of the award-winning 2019 production of Unmythable by Out of Chaos, and has extensive credits at Shakespeare’s Globe and throughout the UK. 

Vincent Brimble is part of the Olivier Award winning Jacobean Season at the RSC and a regular performer at The Orange Tree Theatre. 

Mat Carbon is a Scientific Collaborator of the Département des Sciences de l’Antiquité, Université de Liège, and one of the principal investigators of the Collection of Greek Ritual Norms project. His research and publications focus on the numerous interchanges between epigraphy and religion, in particular the inscriptions called 'ritual norms', documents which notably define rituals of sacrifice and purification in ancient Greek communities. Recent publications include Purity and Purification in the Ancient Greek World (Liège 2018), which he co-edited with S. Peels-Matthey.

Claire Catenaccio is a scholar of ancient drama and its modern reception. She has published on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus’ Oresteia, on singing heroes in Sophocles’ Trachiniae, and on the transformation of the myth of Orpheus in the Broadway musical Hadestown. As a dramaturg and director, she has worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient texts. She teaches as a member of the faculty at Georgetown University.

Tamieka Chavis is a resident company member with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company playing leading roles in Macbeth and The Tempest. She has been nominated for and awarded numerous awards, including the Daytime Emmy Awards, Indie Series Awards, Broadway World Awards.

Joel Christensen is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. His The Many-Minded Man: the Odyssey, Psychology, and the Therapy of Epic, published by Cornell University Press, will appear in 2020.

Tim Delap has performed several times in leading roles at the National Theatre and in the West End. He recently played Rochester in the National Theatre’s critically-acclaimed Jane Eyre.

Danai Epithymiadi studied theater in London and New York and has been working as an actress in Greece since 2012. As part of the chorus in Electra by Euripides, she has toured extensively around Greece. Last July was the first time she played in Epidaurus theater (again as part of the chorus) in Iphigenia in Aulis

Sarah Finigan has numerous credits at Shakespeare’s Globe. She has toured internationally and throughout the UK. 

Mariah Gale won the Ian Charleson Award in 2006 and has gone on to play numerous leading roles at the RSC and The Globe. TV credits include Broadchurch, Doctor Who and The Hollow Crown.

Tabatha Gayle is a New York based multi-disciplinary creator and performer who has developed work at various theaters, such as Musical Theater Factory, Ars Nova, and Poetic Theater Productions. As a performer she has appeared off-broadway at venues such as Here Arts Center, New York Musical Festival, Ars Nova, and The Flea.

Tony Jayawardena has numerous credits in leading roles at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe. Recently seen in Series 4 of The Crown

Bruce M. King teaches ancients and moderns at the Pierrepont School, at the Gallatin School of individualized Study (NYU), and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. His book on the Iliad, Achilles Unheroic, is forthcoming.

Martin K. Lewis is an actor from and based in NYC. Recent credits include: REGIONAL - Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Miami New Drama, Elm Shakespeare Company. OFF-BROADWAY - New Light Theater Project: & The New York Theater Workshop. 

Michael Lumsden is a regular on the BBC’s The Archers, and has worked in UK theatre for over 30 years with a string of credits at The Orange Tree Theatre in London.

Anne Mason is an actor, director, and producer in Laramie, WY, as well as the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Relative Theatrics. A self-proclaimed Greek Mythology Junkie, she is thrilled to expand her knowledge of the Classics by participating in this project.

Robert Matney is an Austin, Texas-based stage and voice actor focused on classical plays and the intersection of live performance and network technology. He is also a Managing Director for Yonder, a software company that analyzes online affinity groups, coordinated propaganda, and the influence mechanics of the internet.

Evelyn Miller just finished playing Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe. Other recent credits include leading roles at the National Theatre and RSC. Evvy is an associate director of Actors From The London Stage.

Robin Mitchell-Boyask is professor of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University in Philadelphia, and editor of the journal Classical World. Among his publications on Greek literature, he literally wrote the book on the plague and Athenian tragedy: Plague and the Athenian Imagination.

Timothy Moore is the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. Moore's current projects include articles on the history and performance of Greek and Roman theater and on Latin meter, and a long-range project on musical theater in ancient Greece and Rome. He also has interests in the history of theatre, especially American musical theatre and Japanese Kyogen comedy.

Richard Neale is associate director of Actor From The London Stage with whom he has toured the US playing leading roles in The Tempest, King Lear and Othello. A director and teacher, Richard has almost 20 years’ experience of performing in the UK.

Brian Arkamian Nelson Jr. is known for NBC's Chicago MED, Chicago P.D. and FOX's A.P.B. Originally from Chicago, he has worked regionally at theaters such as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Paramount Theatre and Court Theatre. In 2018, Brian spent the summer studying acting at Oxford University with the British American Drama Academy. Brian is currently living and working in LA as an actor.

Anne-Sophie Noel is Associate Professor in Greek at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Her paper on “Playing make-believe with objects: counterfactual imagination and psychodrama in Greek tragedy” will appear in the forthcoming volume How to Do the Psychology of the Ancient World, edited by V. Glaveanu, L. Huitink, and I. Sluiter and published by Brill in the series, Euhormos: Greco-Roman Studies in Anchoring Innovation.

Paul O’Mahony is artistic director of Out of Chaos with whom he created the award winning Unmythable. He recently toured the US in their production of Macbeth and is currently working on two productions inspired by ancient culture. He has twice been a visiting artist at the CHS. 

Emma Pauly is a Chicago-based dramaturg, classicist, translator and performer specializing in Greek tragedy. Her work centers on performance and reception of tragedy, particularly in the context of queer themes and representation. Their translation of Eurpides' Bacchae has most recently been published in the translation journal The Mercurian.

Amy Pistone is concluding her first year as an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University. Her research focuses on Greek tragedy, specifically the plays of Sophocles, and she is very interested in public scholarship and contemporary receptions of Greek tragedy in modern society.

Eunice Roberts is Dean of the British American Drama Academy. She has toured extensively in the UK and US, and is also an associate director of Actors From The London Stage. She was in Season 2 of Killing Eve.

Norman Sandridge is Associate Professor of Classics at Howard University and a co-founder of Kallion Leadership. His "Sophocles’ Philoctetes: Causes of and Remedies for Dehumanization in a Leadership Role” has appeared in the SAGE series of business case studies on "Becoming a Leader in the Ancient World."

Janet Spencer-Turner has numerous credits at the National Theatre, and has toured extensively in the UK and internationally. 

Erika L. Weiberg will begin a new position as an assistant professor of Classical Studies at Duke University in July. She has published on Greek tragedy and is currently completing a book on the wives of returning veterans in Greek drama. Her research interests center on feminist approaches to antiquity.

Jack Whitam has numerous credits with the RSC and has recently played Macbeth for the Guildford Shakespeare Company.

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.