International Summer School on Ancient Drama

Theme (2018): City and the Citizen

CYCLE A: July 2- 16, 2018
CYCLE B: July 18- August 1, 2018

The Epidaurus Lyceum, is an international summer school of ancient drama studies and practice located in the area of ancient Epidaurus, operating annually during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, which aims at the participation of students and graduates from Theatre Academies, Drama Schools, Dance Schools and Performing Arts' Universities from around the world.


Its main focus lies on researching ancient Greek theatre (tragedy, comedy, satyr play) on a practical / experiential level, combining a wide range of approaches, from the most traditional to the most experimental methods, aesthetic trends and interpretative approaches.

The programme’s workshops, masterclasses, educational visits and other activities take place at specifically chosen venues around the Epidaurus area, such as ancient theatres, archaeological sites, open air spaces and school facilities, with the support of the relevant administrative bodies.



International collaborations are fundamental in order to secure the Lyceum’s philosophy and its studies’ and teaching staff’s level of excellence. Its basic aim is to create an international network that will exchange knowledge and experience on modern educational methods, dramaturgy, acting and directing. Working alongside major institutions and universities from around the world will also help establish a forum on contemporary research and performance of ancient drama.


The Committee’s role is to discuss guidelines, general rules and the curriculum of the Lyceum. Its members may also serve as reviewers in the recruitment process of prospective teachers and collaborating institutions.
Current members of the International Advisory Committee of the Epidaurus Lyceum include:

a) Eugenio Barba, director (Odin Teatret)
b) Edith Hall, Professor of Classics King's College, University of London
c) Luca Biagiotti, director, Head of "Prima del Teatro: European School for the Art of the Actor", Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
d) Gintaras Varnas, theatre director, Professor at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy
e) Roberto Romei, theatre director, teacher, Director of the Department of Dramaturgy, Scenography and Choreography at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona






The Epidaurus Lyceum is an Athens & Epidaurus Festival educational programme, realized under the auspices and support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Studies, School of Fine Arts, University of the Peloponnese.

With the support of:

♦  The Epidaurus Municipality
♦  The Ephorate of Antiquities of Argolis (Nafplio)

The Epidaurus Lyceum is a member of the International Network of Ancient Drama


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