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Kyriaki Ioannidou

Doctor of Classical Philology specialised in Greek Theatre, Academic Advisor


Kyriaki A. Ioannidou is a classical philologist specialized in Greek New Comedy (Menander) and Papyrology (BA Athens, MSt Oxford, PhD UCL) and is currently completing an MA in Theatre Studies at the Open University of Cyprus focusing on Acting and Directing. She is working as a Cultural Officer at the Department of Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of Cyprus (since 2017) and is the President of the National Committee of Monuments of the Republic of Cyprus (since 2020).

She participates in international conferences in Europe and abroad and has published several articles on Menander’s papyri fragments and iconographic tradition in international academic journals and edited volumes (e.g. ZPE, BASP, JHS). She has already secured contracts to publish two academic monographs/commentaries on Menandrean fragments (1. Menander: Achaioi-Theophoroumene (frr. 89-169). Text, Translation and Commentary, Fragmenta Comica vol. 24.4, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; 2. Menander’s Heros and Theophoroumene: Edition – Translation – Commentary, Texte und Kommentare series, De Gruyter). She was a visiting scholar at the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2019, September 2021) and participates in the international research project “Kommentierung der Fragmente der griechischen Komödie” (KomFrag), directed by Prof. Bernhard Zimmermann at the University of Freiburg with support from the Heidelberg Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Dr. Ioannidou has experience in teaching and facilitating workshops: she taught ancient Greek, Latin and Roman Poetry at University College London and attained an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (UK) for her innovative teaching methods. She has participated in a number of outreach activities during her PhD studies at UCL and has contributed to the organization of academic conferences and workshops. Dr. Ioannidou is moreover professionally involved in the ongoing planning of seminars, conferences and book launches, while organizing cultural and outreach activities for the Department of Cultural Services (2017-). 

She is a practical theatre person with hands-on experience as a theatre director, academic advisor, and dramaturg. She has collaborated with theatre organizations in Cyprus and abroad and staged ancient Greek drama for UCL (Aristophanes’ Clouds 2014; Euripides’ Bacchae 2015; Menander’s Dyskolos 2016) in London (Bloomsbury Theatre 2014-2016, British Museum 2015) and in international drama festivals (Edinburg Fringe Festival 2015, Messene’s International Youth Festival of Ancient Drama 2015-2016). She has attended acting and directing workshops at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (2014-2015) and has conducted theatre workshops for kids (“Homeromania” at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 2017). 


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