Dr Eleftheria Ioannidou BA, MA, DPhil

Photograph of Dr Eleftheria Ioannidou

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

Contact details

F19, The Old Library (SOVAC)
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6LG

I joined the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in September 2012. Prior to this appointment, I was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Freie Universität of Berlin. My research primarily focuses on the twentieth-century performance and adaptation of Greek tragedy.


  • BA in Theatre Studies, University of Athens
  • MA in Research (Theatre), Royal Holloway, University of London
  • DPhil in Classics, University of Oxford
  • FLTHE 


I studied theatre in Athens and London and read for a doctorate at the University of Oxford working on the rewriting of Greek tragic texts from 1970s to the present (supervisor: Fiona Macintosh). From 2010-2012, I held a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin (academic host: Erika Fischer-Lichte).

While working on my doctorate, I organised a number of symposia and conferences for the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), University of Oxford and the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama (Arc-Net). More recently, I curated the exhibition ‘Identity and Community in Performance: Greek Festivals 1927-2012’, which was displayed in Oxford and Valencia, Spain.

During my undergraduate studies, I worked as an assistant director in professional theatre as well as a member of the organising team of the Summer Academy of the National Theatre of Greece. 


  • Performance: Theory, Practice and Critique (Year 1)
  • The Dramatic Medium (Year 1, convenor)
  • Politics of Performance (Year 2, convenor)
  • Tragic Acts (Year 2, study option)
  • Adaptation: Theory and Practice (Year 3, study option)
  • Extended Essay in Drama (final project, convenor)

Postgraduate supervision

I currently supervise a number of doctoral projects on theatre in diverse historical and political contexts as well as on performance and community. I welcome PhD proposals from students who would wish to work on Greek drama and its modern reception, postmodern dramaturgy and performance as well as within the broader field of theatre and politics.


My main research interests lie in the reception of Greek tragedy in the twentieth century. My thesis examined adaptations of the Greek tragic plays in the last three decades, presenting an inquiry into the dialogue between these recent rewritings and major theoretical investigations of postmodernism and its implications for the contemporary reception of the tragic genre.

My ongoing project investigates the performance of Greek tragedy under fascist regimes in Europe before WWII. The engagement of fascist regimes in Germany, Italy and Greece with ancient Greek theatre is used as a vehicle to explore totalitarian performance aesthetics and to interrogate the vexed relationship between fascism and Greek antiquity. My publication plans include a monograph on fascist performance of Greek drama in the inter-war period.

Recently, I have been involved in the AHRC-funded networking project The Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis which offers an exploration into the Greek economic crisis and its impact on culture and identity.

Other activities

  • EDACS Plagiarism Officer
  • Post-doctoral Associate of the Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama (APRGD)
  • Regular reviewer for Theatre Research International
  • Contributor of article reviews to the Journal of Modern Greek Studies and Classical Reception Journal



  • Greek Fragments in Postmodern Frames: Rewriting Tragedy 1970-2005, Oxford University Press (in press)

Edited Volume

  • Epidaurus Encounters: Greek Drama, Ancient Theatre and Modern Performance. Berlin: Parodos Verlag (2011) [co-edited with Conor Hanratty]

Contributions to Edited Volumes / Academic Journals

  • 'Greek chorus and the Vaterland: The ideology of choral performance in inter-war Germany', in Fiona Macintosh, Felix Budelmann, Josh Billings (eds) Choruses: Ancient and Modern. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • 'Crisis, rupture and the rapture of an imperceptible aesthetics: A recent history of the Hellenic Festival’, in Savvas Patsalidis and Anna Stavrakopoulou (eds). In GRAMMA 24, special issue on The Geographies of Contemporary Greek Theatre: About Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias, University of Thessaloniki (in press)
  • 'Toward a national heterotopia: Ancient theaters and the cultural politics of performance in modern Greece'. Comparative Drama, special issue on the Translation, Performance and Reception of Greek Drama 1900-1950: International Dialogues, 2011, 385-403.
  • ‘Translation as performance reception: The death of the author and the performance text’, in Edith Hall and Stephe Harrop (eds), Theorising Performance: Greek Tragedy, Cultural History and Critical Practice. London: Duckworth 2010, 208-18.
  • 'Monumental texts in ruins: Greek tragedy in Greece and Michael Marmarinos’s postmodern stagings’, in Conor Hanratty and Eleftheria Ioannidou (eds), Epidaurus Encounters: Greek Drama, Ancient Theatre and Modern Performance. Berlin: Parodos Verlag, 121-38.
  • 'Tragedy, metatheatre and the question of representation', in Pavlina Šípová and Alena Sarkissian (eds), Staging Classical Drama around 2000. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. 


  • Wyles, Rosie, Costume in Greek Tragedy (Basingtoke: Palgrave 2011). Reviewed for Theatre Research International.
  • Double review: Wilmer, Stephen and Audronė Žukauskaitė (eds), Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Mee, Erin B. and Helene P. Foley (eds), Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Reviewed for Theatre Research International.
  • Hall, Edith and Amanda Wrigley (eds), Aristophanes in Performance, 421 BC to AD 2007: Peace, Birds and Frogs (Oxford: Legenda, 2007). Reviewed for Stvdia Philologica Valentina 2008, Departament de Filologia Clàssica, Universitat de València. [in Spanish]
  • ‘The Persians without empathy’, Production of Aeschylus’ The Persians, by Dimiter Gotscheff (National Theatre of Greece, 2010). Reviewed for Engramma: La tradizione classica nella memoria occidentale 77, 01-02/2010, Università IUAV di Venezia.