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PROJECT Theatron Auditions 2017-18

Auditions for candidates interested in participating in the Project Theatron – Ancient Theatre at Sapienza theatre and translation workshops will be held during the last week of February 2018. This year Project Theatron will translate and perform Aeschylus’ “The Libation Bearers.”

The call is available in the links on the right. Interested parties should complete the on-line application form by Thursday, February 15, 2018.

The theatrical workshop is open to all students, academic staff and technical personnel, while the translation workshop is reserved to students enrolled in the Masters Programme in Philology, Literature and History of the Ancient World and PhD students in Philology and History of the Ancient World.

Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae

During Academic Year 2016-17, Project Theatron – Ancient Theatre at Sapienza, coordinated by Anna Maria Belardinelli and directed by Adriano Evangelisti, staged the Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes.

The performance debuted for the Sapienza Open Doors Orientation Event (July 11-13, 2017) at the Department of Mathematics and was a great success. The play was later also staged at: 

  • Palazzo Orsini in Monterotondo (Rome) on July 16, 2017;
  • Cortile Maggiore di Forte Sangallo (Viterbo) on July 20, 2017 for the Civita Festival
  • Banditaccia Necropolis in Cerveteri on July 21, 2017;
  • Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia in Palestrina on July 23, 2017;
  • Sapienza Museum of Classical Arts on November 16, 2017 for a conference entitled “Hades and Dionysius are the Same Thing: Masks, Theatre and Funerary Rites in the Ancient World.”


Ancient Theatre at Sapienza

Project Theatron – Ancient Theatre at Sapienza, which was conceived and is coordinated by Anna Maria Belardinelli, Professor of Classical Philology at Sapienza University, has translated and staged ancient theatrical texts since 2010.

The project holds two workshops: a translation workshop (with students from the Masters Programme in Philology, Literature and History of the Ancient World) and a theatrical workshop (open to all Sapienza faculties).

The translation, which is based on rigorous literary criticism, exegesis and the dramaturgic reconstruction of the play, is staged by the theatrical workshop. The translation workshop adapts ancient texts for the students in the theatrical workshop, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and studies and may not be familiar with ancient language and culture, as well as to a public audience.

The spirit of Theatron is based on communication and creates a strong synergy between the two workshops to revitalise the true nature of ancient theatre, where dramas were staged in a choral dimension for a collective, rather than elite, audience.

Theatron workshops are open to all Sapienza students, staff and personnel, who must apply. Participants for the translation workshop, which is directed by Prof. Anna Maria Belardinelli, are selected through interviews to evaluate their linguistic-philological skills. The theatrical workshop is directed by Adriano Evangelisti. Candidates are selected via auditions to evaluate their level of experience with regard to performing, directing, set design, lighting, costume design, singing, dance, acrobatics and choreography. Students attending both workshops receive academic credits and a certificate of attendance.

Since Academic Year 2015-16, the theatrical workshop has also been open to candidates from high schools and Project Theatron is also part of the school-work programme that Sapienza organises for high schools in Rome and Lazio.

Theatron also promotes research through seminars organised to discuss issues related to the cultural and educational objectives of the project. The work carried out during Academic Years 2012-13 and 2013-14 has been collected in a volume entitled "Scienze dell'antichità, 2013-2014," which includes the translation of Agamemnon.

Project Theatron is held in collaboration with the Fondazione Roma Sapienza and is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics (Director Emanuele Caglioti) which provides its courtyard for the debut of each theatrical performance.

After Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (2013-14), Euripedes’ The Trojan Women (2014-15), Euripedes’ Hippolytus (2015-16), in 2016-17, Theatron staged the Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes.

Theatron also collaborated with MuSa (Music at Sapienza) to arrange the libretto of the "The Fair of Sinigaglia" by Carlo Goldoni with Music by Domenico Fischietti. Moreover, on January 24, 2017, Theatron collaborated with MuSa and the Choir of the “Angelo Sacerdoti” School of the Jewish Community in Rome to stage the children’s opera “Brundibar” for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.