International Advisory Board
Freddy Decreus is a philologist, specializing in the reception of classical Antiquity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He works at the University of Gent, where he is responsible for courses in Latin Literature, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature and Theatre History. His publications have addressed classical tragedy and the modern stage, mythology and modern painting, postmodernism and the rewriting of the classics, and feminism and the classics.
Pat Easterlingwas Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge from 1994 until she retired in 2001 (the only woman to have held the Regius Chair of Greek); before that she taught in Manchester, Cambridge and London. She works mainly on Greek literature, particularly tragedy; but she also studies the survival and reception of ancient drama. Recent publications include: The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (ed., 1997) and Greek and Roman Actors: aspects of an ancient profession (ed. with Edith Hall, 2002). She is working on a commentary on Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus for the series Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, of which she continues to be a general editor.
Michael Ewans is Associate Professor of Music and Drama, and Drama Performance Co-ordinator, in the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of Janáce's Tragic Operas (1977), Georg Büchner's Woyzeck (1989), Wagner and Aeschylus (1982) and the Everyman Classics complete set of accurate and actable translations of Aeschylus and Sophocles in four volumes, with theatrical commentaries based on his own productions. His new book, Opera from the Greek (2007), contains eight case studies in the appropriation of material from Greek tragedy and epic by composers from Monteverdi to Mark-Antony Turnage. He is currently completing an edition of Aristophanes ' Lysistrata, The Women's Festival and Frogs in his own new versions.
Stephen Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature in the University of Oxford. He is the author of a commentary on Vergil, Aeneid 10 (1991) and of Apuleius: A Latin Sophist (2000) and editor of several volumes including Texts, Ideas and the Classics ( 2001) and A Companion to Latin Literature (2005).
Ruth Hazel studied English Literature at the University of Southampton followed by a Master's Degree in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham. She taught courses in literature and drama for many years to undergraduate and mature students, and then moved into Classical Studies in 1993 when she became Research Assistant to the Research Project on Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English. This led to an interest in the relationship between modern British Theatre and ancient Greek drama, and to the study of Greek. She completed her doctoral thesis on 'The mediation in late-twentieth century English theatre of some Texts and Images from Greek tragedy concerned with women and power' in December 1998.
Ruth has been active as actor, designer and director in amateur theatre and now pursues her enthusiasm for practical theatre through teaching, viewing and reviewing plays.
Deborah Roberts obtained her PhD from Yale. She teaches Classics and Comparative Literature at Haverford College ; she has written on Greek tragedy, on Aristotle's Poetics, and on closure in ancient literature, and is currently at work on two projects: a study of the translation into English of obscenity in Greek and Latin Literature and (with Sheila Murnaghan) a study of childhood and the reception of the Classics.
Nehad Selaiha is currently Professor of Drama and Criticism at the Arts Criticism Postgraduate Studies Institute at The Academy of Arts, and was dean of that institute until February 2004. She is a leading theatre critic/writer/translator in Cairo and the author of many books on theatre and criticism in both Arabic and English. She is especially known for her work in supporting experimental artists and amateur, young and independent theatre groups and was honored by the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 1996 for her valuable contribution in this field. Since 1989, she has been the resident drama critic of the national English-language newspaper Al-Ahram Weekly. Her book Theatre from Text to Performance was nominated best book of the year in the field of theatre criticism by The Cairo International Book Fair in 1999. Other successful Arabic books include: Shakespearean Perspectives ; Theatre and Freedom ; Spotlights on The English Theatre and Thought and Art in Theatre. She has been honoured by many Arab festivals where she acted as head of jury a number of times and was awarded the Egyptian State Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2003.
Christopher Stray has been Honorary Research Fellow in the Dept of Classics, University of Wales, Swansea, since 1989. His publications include Classics Trans- formed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England 1850 –1960 (1998) and (ed. with L. Hardwick) A Companion to Classical Receptions as well as articles on the history of Classics, institutional slang, and examinations. He is currently working on an edition of the correspondence of Sir Richard Jebb and on a study of Classics in nineteenth-century Cambridge.
Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. His first publication was a collaborative piece with Peter Garnsey, dealing with the patronage of the poor. He is currently writing a cultural history of Roman imperialism and a study of intellectual revolution of the late Republic. Future projects include preparing the 2005 Rhind lectures on Religious Creativity in the Roman Provinces for publication, and writing the Bristol Blackwell Lectures for 2009 on the theme of The Ancient Ethnographer.
Greg is also developing, in collaboration with colleagues in St Andrews, a project on Science and Empire in the Roman World which has recently attracted generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust.
Nurit Yaari is Associate Professor and chair of the department of Theatre Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She has published a book, French Contemporary Theatre 1960 –1992 (1994), and edited several books in English and Hebrew: On Interpretation in the Arts (in English, 2000), The Man with the Myth in the Middle: The Theatre of Hanoch Levin (with Shimon Levy, in Hebrew, 2004) and On Kings, Gypsies and Performers: The Theatre of Nissim Aloni (in Hebrew, 2006). Her articles are published in International journals focusing on Ancient Greek theatre and its reception and on Israeli theatre. She is currently working on a book The Israeli Theatre between Athens and Jerusalem. Since 1997 she is serving as Artistic Consultant and Dramaturg for the Khan Theatre of Jerusalem.