The NEH  Institute’s faculty includes some of today’s leading experts on Roman Comedy, its performance, and its social context.

George Fredric Franko (Professor of Classical Studies, Hollins University) has directed several student productions of Roman comedies and published many articles on Roman theater.

Mary-Kay Gamel (Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature,  and Theater Arts, University of California at Santa Cruz), one of the nation’s leading producers of ancient drama, has translated, produced and directed numerous productions of Greek and Roman plays.  Her publications include Reversioning Athen­ian Drama, and Revising ‘Authenticity’ in Staging Ancient Mediterranean Drama.

Sander M. Goldberg (Distinguished Professor of Classics, UCLA) has published, among many books and articles on ancient literature, The Making of Menander’s Comedy, Understanding Terence, Epic in Republican Rome, and Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic, and “Plautus on the Palatine,” in which he compelled all who work on Roman comedy to rethink the theaters in which the plays were performed.  He is now com­pleting a large-scale study recreating the performance spaces of Roman comedy via computer graphics.

Anne H. Groton (Professor of Classics, St. Olaf College) has produced and directed student productions of Roman comedies since 1974.  Her numerous publications include several articles on ancient drama.

C. W. Marshall (Associate Professor of Classics, the University of British Columbia) has published numerous works on ancient theater, including  The Stagecraft and Performance of Roman Comedy, the standard guide to how Plautus’ and Terence’s plays were first performed.  He has also been dramaturge, director, producer, and translator for seventeen productions of ancient plays.

Amy Richlin (Professor of Classics, UCLA) is a leading scholar on Roman sexuality and gender and the social back­ground of Roman comedy.  Her publications include The Garden of Priapus: Sexuality and Aggres­sion in Roman Humor, Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome (editor), Feminist The­ory and the Classics (co-editor), and Rome and the Mysterious Orient: Three Plays by Plautus (translator). She is presently com­pleting a major study on the slave-audience of Plautine comedy.

Niall W. Slater (Dobbs Professor of Latin & Greek, Emory University) has published numerous works on ancient theater and literature, including Spectator Politics: Metatheatre and Performance in Aristophanes and Reading Performances.  His Plautus in Performance: The Theatre of the Mind introduced to anglophone students of Roman comedy a new approach, metatheatre, which remains central to scholarship on Plautus and Terence.

John H. Starks, Jr. (Assistant Professor of Classics, Binghamton University, State University of New York) has directed several performances of ancient drama, including Plautus’ Poenulus, for which he produced the educational video Latin Laughs.  His publications also include Actresses in the Greek and Roman Worlds: An Analytical Register.