2017 Global Seminar: Re: Staging the Greeks

Study and perform Greek drama in the city where it was originally conceived and performed. You will explore theater from years ago, while stretching yourself artistically, regardless of your acting experience. 

Athens, Greece: June 10 - July 22

Application Deadline: February 13, 2017

About the Seminar

This course explores the drama of ancient Athens through reading, performance and observation. In a workshop setting, students will confront the interpretative and performative challenges and opportunities the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes offer, culminating in a performance of student-generated scenes. The seminar coincides with the famed Athens and Epidaurus Festival, which invites companies from around the world, as well as the leading theater artists of Greece, to present classic and contemporary material in the places where theater began. Students will attend many of these performances as well as participate in workshops and conversations with actors, directors and designers. The seminar also investigates the connection between the ancient world and Greece’s complex multicultural present through trips to ancient sites as well as to the streets, churches and theaters of the modern city. In addition to coursework, the seminar features a community service component and daily classes in conversational Greek.

While no prior theater experience is necessary to take this course, students must be willing to explore the plays through performance. Admission is by application and interview.

Faculty Director

Michael Cadden is Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. He is in his thirtieth year of teaching at Princeton, and for 19 of those years he served as director of the Program in Theater (which was for many years the Program in Theater and Dance). 

Seminar Manager

Tim Waldron can be reached at or by calling 609-258-9400.

Distribution Requirements

This course fulfills the Literature and the Arts (LA) requirement.

Costs and Financial Aid

Program Fee: $3,200 (includes all housing, required course excursions and related academic expenses). Additional instructional costs (books and materials, required immunizations) will vary, but students should budget up to $100 for these expenses. Roundtrip airfare and airport transportation is estimated at $1,500, meals at $1,000, and personal expenses at $1,000

PIIRS provides generous funding to students admitted to the Global Seminars who receive term financial aid. Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton Subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended over charging costs to a credit card. Please consult Financing Options for Students and Parents 2016–17, specifically pages 1–2 and Table 3, and contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

To ensure a place in the seminar, a $500 nonrefundable deposit will be charged to participants’ accounts on April 1; the balance of the course fee will be charged to accounts on May 15.

NB: Students who accept a place in a Global Seminar and then, before the seminar begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the nonrefundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.

Co-sponsored by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Lewis Center for the Arts. PIIRS Global Seminars are made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.