The banner for the 2023 NEH Institute for Higher Education Faculty, "The Performance of Roman Comedy." A beige background. At top, in black Art Deco capital lettering, reads: The Performance of Roman Comedy. Below that, in white sentence-case Art Deco lettering, reads: Boston College & Wake Forest University • Chestnut Hill, MA • July 9–August 4, 2023. Below that, four Art Deco figures in bright colors representing ancient Roman actors, left to right: a red-skinned bald person with a beard and asymmetrical eyebrow, wearing a yellow toga, on a sky-blue background; a light-skinned person with brown hair and a slate palla playing the double pipes on a green background; a red-skinned bald beardless person with a big smile and a blue toga with arms stretched overhead, on a mustard background; and a light-skinned figure wearing red palla and head covering with Green skirt with a big frown, on a red background. In the bottom left, in tiny letters: art by Kevin Quigley.

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be doing each day at the Institute, and who will be joining us. Also be sure to check out the Readings page for a list of what readings will be required for each morning session, and what to read before the Institute begins!

DateTopic(s)Visiting expert(s)
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Morning sessionRehearsals
Monday, July 10SpaceTimothy J. MooreVanderslice 117ensembles
Tuesday, July 11Music, Meter, DanceTimothy J. MooreVanderslice 117smaller
Wednesday, July 12Masks, Costumes, PropsAmy R. Cohen & C. W. MarshallBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Thursday, July 13Actors, Acting Style, MovementAmy R. Cohen & C. W. MarshallBonn Studio Theatersmaller
Friday, July 14Language & StylePeter Barrios-LechBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Monday, July 17HumorErin K. MoodieVanderslice 117ensembles
Tuesday, July 18Metatheater & PlautinopolisRachel Mazzara & Niall W. SlaterVanderslice 117smaller
Wednesday, July 19Sex, Gender, Sexual ViolenceSharon L. JamesBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Thursday, July 20Class & EnslavementAmy RichlinBonn Studio Theatersmaller
Friday, July 21Ethnicity & ColonialismDeepti MenonBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Monday, July 24Politics, War, EmpireMatthew LeighVanderslice 117ensembles
Tuesday, July 25ReligionSeth Jeppesen & Dan-el Padilla PeraltaVanderslice 117smaller
Wednesday, July 26Adaptation & ProductionSeth Jeppesen & V. Sophie KleinBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Thursday, July 27Reception on the StageSerena S. WitzkeBonn Studio Theatersmaller
Friday, July 28Reception on the ScreenT. H. M. Gellar-Goad & Christopher B. PoltBonn Studio Theaterensembles
Monday, July 31filming of scenesBonn Studio Theater
Tuesday, August 1filming of scenesBonn Studio Theater
Wednesday, August 2filming of scenesBonn Studio Theater
Thursday, August 3preparations for disseminationBonn Studio Theater
Friday, August 4wrap-upBonn Studio Theater
An ancient mosaic depicting a scene from a comedy. Four actors are seated on cushioned stools around a circular three-legged table. The actors are wearing full-face masks, all pale colored, two of younger women, one of an old woman, one indistinct. Two are wearing yellow robes, two beige.

Mosaic showing a theatre scene, two women consult a sorceress (the three of them wear theatre masks), from the Villa del Cicerone in Pompeii, 150 – 125 BC, signed by Dioskurides of Samos, Naples National Archaeological Museum” by Following Hadrian is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 .

The Performance of Roman Comedy has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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