Olga Taxidou

Professor of Drama


After completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh Olga Taxidou held a Lectureship in Drama at the University of Exeter’s Drama Department for three years, before returning to Edinburgh in 1995, where she has worked since. Her work in theatre and performance studies includes adaptations of Greek tragedies, some of which have been performed in Edinburgh and abroad.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Professor Taxidou has seen over 18 PhD projects to completion. Some examples of recent and current projects: Theatre and the New Wars (Julia Boll) Beckett and God (Seung En-Song) Sight, Theatre and Trauma (Panayiota Chrysochou). C.P. Cavafy and Music (Andreas Triantafyllou, co-supervision with Nigel Osborne) Politics and Poetics in the Drama of Abd al Sabur and Wole Soyinka (Mahmoud Shalaby - co-supervision with Marilyn Booth) The Director as Philosopher in Modernist Performance (Eve Katsouraki) Professor Taxidou is interested in considering PhD projects in the following areas: modernist theatre and performance, adaptations of classical Greek drama and its reception in performance, theories of tragedy, tragedy and the philosophies of modernity.

Project activity

Professor Taxidou is currently working on two book projects: Greek Tragedy and Modernist Performance and Tragedy's Mother. She is also working on a long-term project on Failure and Utopia in Modernist Performance. With Vassiliki Kolocotroni she is co-editing Modernism: A Dictionary, which is the companion to their Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents. She has recently completed an adaptation of The Bacchae.

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