2016 Conveners


Giovanna Di Martino10632824_10204539001375900_3242090606628340678_n

Giovanna completed her undergraduate degree and Master’s in Classics at the State University of Milan. She wrote her thesis on the reception of the Seven Against Thebes in the United States, for which she spent a semester at the University of Notre Dame under the supervision of Prof. Isabelle Torrance. She is currently on her first year of DPhil at the University of Oxford, with a project on the reception of Aeschylus in Italy from the Sixteenth Century onwards.





Mara GoldMara

Mara is a DPhil student in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford, working on women’s reception of the ancient world and its influence on gender and sexuality during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Originally from New Zealand, she gained her BA in Classics at Victoria University Wellington before moving to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies in Advanced Theatre Practice (RCSSD), Archaeology (UCL) and History (Oxford) as well as working in the arts and heritage sector. Additional interests include classical reception in fantasy/science fiction, the history of archaeology, collaborative devised theatre, community arts projects and writing for the stage.




Sarah Grunnah13493163_10102564451720357_1645032998_o

Sarah holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a BA in English from the University of North Carolina (Charlotte). She has also worked as a dramaturg in the literary departments and on productions in several U.S. theatres, including SoHo Rep in New York, Hartford Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, and Georgia Shakespeare. At present, Sarah is a first-year DPhil student in Spanish at the University of Oxford where she is writing on the representation and construction of gender in contemporary, English-language performances of seventeenth-century Spanish drama.




Peter Swallow11222112_10153515303099511_4273575349423807138_n

Peter completed his undergrad in Classics at the University of St Andrews before moving to Oxford for his MSt. He is currently working on his PhD at King’s College, London under the supervision of Prof. Edith Hall, looking into the Victorian reception of Aristophanes. Other interests include adaptation theory, modern receptions of Greek drama, and receptions of ancient sexuality and gender.