Theatre and Society

thinking about the modern through the prism of the classical

Course Fee: EUR 650,-/7 days – no additional admin fee or VAT tax charged
Course fee includes:

Lectures and Workshops

City guided tour

Visits to museums

Tickets and orientation in the city

Tickets for performances of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Excursion and guided tour to Ancient Epidaurus

Course materials


Catering during the course

Course Overview:

Theater and Society course constitutes

  • a theoretical attempt to actualize the ontology of the ancient greek theatrical production (both tragedy and comedy) in the contemporary world. Courses in dramatic literature and playwriting as well as theatre history, theory and criticism will enable the participant to think about some of the most crucial existential and social issues of the modern world through the prism of the classics.
  • an opportunity for the participant to learn what “doing theatre” is all about: onstage, backstage, front-of-house. Work hands-on with practicing professionals in exceptional production and performance facilities. The program deals with the creative processes and technical skills involved in performance, directing and production, lighting, costume and set design.

Integrated with these are specialized lectures from experienced professors, educational visits as well as attendances at prestigious performances of the Epidaurus Festival.


Module 1 (Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: Aeschylus – Shakespeare – Claudel – Beckett

                         from Zeus to Godot: the question of God in the history of theater

Module 2 (Pr. Workshop) – I play my favorite hero – develop your technical skills in acting

Module 3 (Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: Theatrical reflection and psychoanalysis: theater as a guide to self awareness

Module 4 (Pr. Workshop) – Looks on the tragic psyche with the eyes of a millenialopen dialogue

Module 5 (Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: Chorus and Heroes: a sociological approach of the ancient drama

Module 6 (Pr. Workshop) – Watch your face on the mirror! – directing and improvising a short comedy 

Module 7 (Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: With the power of the language : Greek language – the ideal tool for the theatre poetry

Module 8 (Pr. Workshop) – The Epidaurus stage experience – Light, color, environment – setting up the play

Module 9 (Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: From Aristophanes to the Joker – the history of the smiling mask – Comedy as the underdogs’ art of revenge

Module 10 (Pr. Workshop) – Meeting, interview with directors and actors of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Module 11(Theory) – Lecture, open dialogue: The mirror and the screen – The impact of theater in the age of Internet 

Guided Tours at the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and / or other museum of your preference

Additional services in Athens:
Accommodation arrangement
Airport transfer to the hotel
Cultural activities

After the Course:

Course evaluation form
Course materials in electronic form / Other materials for self-study and dissemination of good practice

Year 2021


20.6 – 27.6 2021

1.7 – 8.7 2021

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