The Department of Theatre Studies was established in 1989, and first received students for the academic year 1992-1993. It was among the first Departments in the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Patras.

The four-year degree granted by the Department is primarily theoretical in orientation, with special emphasis being given to the study of ancient Greek theatre. The program of study for the postgraduate diploma covers 8 (eight) semesters. Students should successfully complete 56 courses, compulsory and elective. The Department has at present fourteen (14) regular members, whose specializations relate to ancient Greek theatre, modern literature and theatre, semotics of theatre, cinema, musicology and art history. In addition it has three members on its special/workshop teaching staff and one staff member for special technical and research support. Other departments of the University provide training in topics related to education. Teachers from the university's language school provide foreign language instruction.

The Department provides a postgraduate degree on ancient Greek theatre. It is a two-year course which leads to Master degree.

The Department of Theatre Studies has its own lending library (containing approximately 7.000 books) and a reading room. Reference books and Greek periodicals are kept in the department's library whereas international periodicals are to be found in the University's central library.

Theoretical courses provide students with academic qualifications in performance studies, visual arts, film, literature and music. They also provide systematic analysis of ancient Greek drama as well as of contemporary theatre. All courses introduce students to many different approaches of theatre studies. A series of workshops provide students with the opportunity to experience the whole procedure of a play's production. They undertake courses on acting, directing, scenery and costume designing.

Since 2011, the Department publishes Logeion, a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original scholarly articles in modern Greek, English, French, German, and Italian on every aspect of ancient Greek and Roman theatre and drama, including its reception in modern theatre, literature, cinema and the other art forms, as well as its relation to the theatre of other periods and geographical regions. All types of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives are welcome. Emphasis is being placed on interdisciplinary approaches.


Professor Stavros Tsitsiridis
Deputy Chairman: 
Professor Konstantinos Kyriakos
Dimitrios Foteinos
+30 2610 962906
Department of Theatre Studies
University of Patras
265 00 Rio - Patras