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Dr Angeliki Varakis-Martin





I completed my undergraduate studies in Drama and Theatre at the University of Patras, Greece which is where I come from.  I moved to England in 1998 where I studied for an MA and PhD in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

I joined the Kent drama department in 2007 as a lecturer in Drama and I am currently responsible for coordinating the international exchange programme of our department.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Edited book
Varakis-Martin, A. ed. (2008). Oedipus the King. [Online]. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. Available at:
Varakis-Martin, A. ed. (2006). Antigone. [Online]. London: Methuen Bloomsbury. Available at:
Varakis-Martin, A. (2010). 'Body and Mask in Aristophanic Performance'. Bulletin of the institute of classical studies [Online] 53:17-38. Available at:
Varakis-Martin, A. (2004). Research on the Ancient Mask. Didaskalia [Online] 6. Available at:
Book section
Varakis-Martin, A. (2013). Aristophanic Performance as an all-inclusive event:audience participation and celebration in the modern staging of Aristophanic comedy. in: Hardwick, L. and Harrison, S. eds. Classics in the Modern World: A democratic turn? Oxford University Press.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2008). 'Body and Mask’ in Performances of Classical Drama on the Modern Stage. in: Hardwick, L. and Stray, C. eds. The Blackwell Companion to Classical Reception. Oxford: Blackwell.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2007). 'The Use of Masks in Koun's Stage Interpretations of Aristophanes' Birds, Frogs and Peace'. in: Hall, E. and Wrigley, A. eds. Aristophanes in Performance, 421BC-AD2007, Peace, Birds and Frogs. Legenda Press, pp. 179-193.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2008). Mask & Performance In Greek Tragedy: From Ancient Festival To Modern Experimentation. Theatre Research International [Online] 33:325-326. Available at:
Varakis-Martin, A. (2008). Review of Oedipus. Classical Review [Online] 58:619-619. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Varakis, A. (2018). Encountering the Heroic prosopeion in Fifth Century Theatre Performance. in: The Physicality of the Other. Mohr Siebeck. Available at:
Varakis-Martin, A. (2014). ‘Aristophanic Performance as an all-inclusive event: audience participation and celebration in the modern staging of Aristophanic comedy'. in: Classics in the Modern World - a Democratic Turn?
Varakis-Martin, A. (2014). Laughter and distributed attention in the spectating of Aristophanic comedy. in: Cognitive Futures in the Humanities conference. p. N/A-N/A.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2013). Popular celebration and cognition in Karolos Koun’s stage interpretations of Aristophanic comedy. in: Reconsidering popular comedy, Ancient and Modern.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2010). ‘The aesthetics of the mask in Karolos Koun’s ancient Greek Productions.’ (in Greek). in: The mask in ancient Greek drama.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2010). ‘Performing' celebration and ‘celebrating’ performance in modern Aristophanic productions'. in: 10th Annual APGRD PG Symposium. ‘Revelry, Rhythm and Blues’ in the reception of Greek and Roman drama from antiquity to the present day’.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2010). ‘The comic body in Aristophanic performance’. in: The Body and Ancient Drama.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2004). ‘The Staging of Aristophanes in Modern Times’. in: Studying the Ancient Greek Theatre.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2002). The masks of Dionysis Fotopoulos in modern productions of Ancient Greek Drama. in: The Greek Theatre Mask in Ancient and Modern Performance.
Varakis-Martin, A. (2014). An Emotional Engagement with the Classical Past: Karolos Koun and the staging of ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century. ‘An Emotional Engagement with the Classical Past: Karolos Koun and the staging of ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century’.
Total publications in KAR: 19 [See all in KAR]
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My ongoing interest in the reception of classical culture in modern times and how modern theatre practice can shape our understanding of past theatrical traditions is reflected in the modules I teach which cover Modern Theatre and Ancient Greek Theatre.  

My current research interest in the modern staging of ancient Greek theatre informs my teaching at all times forming the basis of many seminar discussions in my Greek theatre module. Students are encouraged to engage with primary archaeological evidence in order to appreciate Greek theatre as a product of its own time but also to study modern productions of Greek theatre in order to consider the value and vast staging possibilities that exist when performing Greek theatre today.

My classes are primarily theory-based but guest lecturers are often invited to deliver practical workshops to complement the students? learning experience.   




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I have an ongoing research interest in the work of Greek theatre director Karolos Koun and his contribution towards the creation of a modern Greek tradition in the staging of Greek theatre, particularly Aristophanic comedy. His work has been influential in the shaping of Modern Greek theatre but the impact of his productions beyond Greece has yet to be sufficiently explored.

I am also exploring the applicability of various acting techniques to Greek theatre with a special interest in masked acting. The performer’s perspective is a key aspect of my current research on ‘acting Greek theatre’. 


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I welcome applicants who are particularly interested in Greek theatre from a historical or practice-based perspective. 

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