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Theatre in Greece
This program will be offered again in 2019. The program will offer participants an opportunity to learn the Greek culture and language in its native environment, right in the midst of the township of Katohi, a rural farm community of Greece, and to experience preparing and performing a Greek tragedy in the ancient outdoor theatre of Oiniades.
Location: 
Katohi, Greece
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Classics
Film & Media Studies
Theatre
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Study Greek theatre for a summer in Lawrence's sister city
  • Earn 6 hours of academic credit through completion of the program and fulfill Goal 4.2
  • Includes excursions to other sites in Greece, including Athens, Delphi, and Mycenae
Program Summary: 

On-Campus Class in Lawrence: June 5-13, 2017
Depart for Athens: June 14, 2017
Arrive in Athens: June 15, 2017
Depart Athens for U.S.: August 1, 2017

The program will offer participants an opportunity to learn the Greek culture and language in its native environment, right in the midst of the township of Katohi, a rural farm community of Greece, and to experience preparing and performing a Greek tragedy in the ancient outdoor theatre of Oiniades. 

The company will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants. A faculty instructor from the University of Kansas will lead the program with the assistance of two local instructors. The program takes place in the Greek village of Katohi, about three miles from the ancient hilly fort complex of Oiniades where the theatre is located. The program is jointly sponsored by the University of Kansas and the village of Katohi.

Pictures and information:
http://www.bondari.com/greece/

Location: 

Katohi offers generous support in welcoming the program to the community.  To show our appreciation for the tremendous goodwill, each student and faculty member will engage in cultural activities in English language, song and dance, and acting for the children of Katohi.

Academic Information: 

Students will rehearse and perform in a production of Sophocles' Antigone. The production will be presented in the ancient theatre of Oiniades near the end of July. The students will receive instruction in Modern Greek throughout the summer and the play will be performed in both Greek and English.

In addition to theatre production, participants will study modern Greek, classical Greek culture, history of ancient Greek theatre and architecture, and Greek song and dance. 

All students will earn six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. 

Undergraduate students:

THR 304 Study Abroad Topics in: Summer Theatre (3 undergraduate credits)

CLSX 375 Studies in: Summer Theatre (3 credit hours)

Graduate Students:

THR 704 Study Abroad Topics in: Summer Theatre (3 graduate credits)

CLSX 675 Studies in: Summer Theatre

Note: This study abroad program fulfills Goal 4.2 for the KU Core.

Program Faculty

Professor Dennis Christilles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre.

Dimitra Pitsikou, Language Instructor and Katohi resident, will teach a daily session in Modern Greek language.

Housing: 

Program participants and staff, except for local personnel, will reside in a pleasant new school building on the quiet edge of Katohi.  While in Katohi, three meals per day will be provided.  During excursions, hotel accommodations and some meals will be provided.

Life Abroad: 

Athens (4 days): Upon arrival and the end of the program, the group will tour Athens before departing for Katohi.  The program also includes excursions to sites such as Delphi, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Nafplion, and Messolonghi. Participants will visit the Theatre of Dionysos, the Acropolis, and the National Museum among other historical and cultural sites.

Delphi (Daytrip): Delphi is the seat of the Delphic oracle featured in most Greek tragedies.

Messolonghi (Daytrip):  The historic and sacred city of Messolonghi was the birthplace of modern Greek independence. We will visit the Garden of the Heroes of Greek Independence as well as a museum which includes a dedication to the English poet, Lord Byron, who gave his life in the cause of Greek liberty.

Nafplion Excursion (5 days):  Nafplion was the first capital of Greece after it gained its independence in the 19th century. In Nafplion, participants will visit the historic Palamidi Fortress; a site of many of the significant events in the 19th century struggle for Greek Independence.

  • Epidaurus: Participants will attend a professional production at this the most famous and well-preserved of the ancient theatres.
  • Mycenae: The group will also visit was the legendary home of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and is the site of the famous Bronze age fortress with its Lion Gate.
  • Corinth: Corinth was a hub of commerce and culture in the ancient world.  Participants will visit a temple to Apollo, as well as remnants of the ancient agora and baths.


Kefalonia Excursion (3 days): Kefalonia is the setting for film and novel Corelli’s Mandolin. Natural caves as well as monastery are on the itinerary as well as many beautiful beaches.

Eligibility: 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any accredited U.S. college of university who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).  Students who participate in the program will be subject to rigorous physical exercise in the rehearsal and performance activities and on weekend excursions.  The summer climate in Greece is extremely hot and only students who are in good health are encouraged to participate.

Program Faculty: 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dennis Christilles, Program Director
Department of Theatre
785-864-2689
dchrist@ku.edu

Add Course: 
for undergraduate students
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
for undergraduate students
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
for graduate students
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
for graduate students
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

Announcements

Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

See list of programs below:
DEADLINES EXTENDED - SUMMER & FALL PROGRAMS (PDF)

Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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