My thesis explores the importance of laughter, comedy and humour in 5th century Greek tragedy. I also write and perform theatre and comedy, and recently directed the Oxford Greek Play. For me, practice and research influence each other reciprocally. Each approach informs my belief that dramatic texts are particularly valuable resources for questioning historical traditions of scholarship within the discipline of ‘classics’, and, crucially, for developing its future.
Oct. 2018 – Present: Jesus College, Oxford
DPhil in Classical Languages and Literature
I am supervised by Dr Scott Scullion (Worcester College), and fully funded by The Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies in addition to a Humanities scholarship from Jesus College, Oxford.
Oct. 2017 – June 2018: Worcester College, Oxford
MSt in Greek & Latin Languages & Literature
Sept. 2013 – June 2016: Durham University
First Class BA (Hons.) in Classics
Jesus College Graduate Scholarship (2020–)
Jesus College Postgraduate Humanities Scholarship (2018–)
Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2014-15)
Forster prize for language (2014)
Maltby prize for academic performance (2014)
Norton prize for academic performance (2014)
‘Homer’ Tackles Aeschylus: Theatrical Adaptation as Process in Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns and Robert Icke’s Oresteia (Skenè Vol. 7 No. 1, Summer 2021)
Tutor of ‘Greek Tragedy in Translation’, a bespoke undergraduate Classics module (2021-2022)
Tutor of ‘Stand Up Comedy: Theory & Methods’, a bespoke interdisciplinary undergraduate module (2021)
Teacher of Greek intercollegiate language classes at Oxford Classics Faculty (2020-21)
Tutor of ‘Greek Tragedy’ undergraduate module at Jesus College, and Herodotus at Worcester College (2020-21)
Guest speaker at ‘Classical Receptions and Contemporary Culture’ undergraduate module at Durham University. My lecture was titled: ‘Mr Burns by Anne Washburn – A post-apocalyptic play on The Simpsons and Greek Tragedy’ (2020)
Conferences & Symposia
July 2020 – Co-organiser at Oxford/Royal Holloway Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama for the 20th anniversary symposium, themed ‘Performing the Archive’ (postponed due to COVID-19).
June 2019 – Co-organiser and panel chair at Oxford/Royal Holloway Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama, on the topic ‘Communities and Contexts in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’.
In this role, I have been part of the team responsible for the curation and smooth running of events, including selecting speakers from abstracts. I also successfully secured funding from SPHS (Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies) to contribute towards the event costs.
June 2021 – Speaker at AMPAL (Annual Meeting for Postgraduates in Ancient Literature) at which the theme is ‘fear’, and my paper titled: ‘Fear of γέλως (laughter) in Euripides’ Medea’. I consider the interplay between laughter and fear on the motivation of the tragic protagonist, and its role in the justification of her actions.
April 2020 (forthcoming) – Speaker at Università de Cassino e del Lazio Merdionale international conference ‘Comic Traces on the Tragic Stage’, focusing on the comic elements of two recurring characters across the Euripidean corpus. My paper is titled: ‘‘Functioning of the dysfunctional’: Euripides’ Depictions of Helen and Menelaus’ (postponed due to COVID-19).
March 2020 – Speaker at Oxford ‘Protest Theatre/Theatre and Climate Change’ symposium, on the direction and performance practice of the Oxford Greek Play ‘Orestes’ – a project I co-directed, which premiered in April 2021 . This paper introduced our directorial principles of movement, accumulation and incongruity, and their theoretical backgrounds in dance, translation and humour theories.
June 2018 – Speaker at Oxford/Royal Holloway Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama, at which the theme was ‘Misdirections and Misconceptions in the Theory and Practice of Greek and Roman Drama’. I presented the paper ‘‘Homer’ Meets Aeschylus: Theatrical Adaptation as Process’ on the limits of traditional adaptation theory when conceptualising classical theatre.
Committee & Administration Roles
Social Secretary, Jesus College
Member of the small social secretary team responsible for the organisation and running of all MCR social events through Michaelmas and Hillary terms 2019-20.
Undergraduate Admissions Assistant, Jesus College
Throughout virtual undergraduate admissions, I assisted the Classics admissions team with timetabling and running interviews online.