Inner Circle

Medea at Rose Theatre Kingston

  • A group of specially selected, Classically minded aod advocates who have a strong desire to see the company thrive and prosper into the future. They share a vision for the company’s future and work closely with the Artistic Director and Board of Trustees toward a strategic policy of expansion, sustainability and longevity. They help to engineer a powerful support mechanism through direct funding, consultation, channelling support through contacts, sharing ideas and providing the framework to realise future plans.
  • The inner circle will consist of between 4 and 6 people, working proactively with the Board and Artistic Director. All will have direct knowledge of aod’s work and be willing not only to give advice and serve as ambassadors but to facilitate introductions and nurture beneficial relationships in specific areas (e.g. potential financial benefactors, industry contacts, high-profile champions of Classics) and in some cases find activities -Dionysias
  • aod is at an important cross-roads. Artistically it is stronger than ever, having completed 21 years of steady growth and attracting ever larger and more enthusiastic audiences. In addition, it has solid plans for future development. However, because of the current financial situation and cuts to Arts funding it is crucial that aod should have a creative strategy to attract as wide a range of revenue streams as possible – revenue which is essential primarily to create a strong administrative infrastructure (especially a full-time General Manager) as well as to mount future productions.
  • An initial meeting if the inner circle took place in London in June 2011. Thereafter members meet either as a full group or in smaller groups (in London or Brighton) in addition to which they will keep in close contact with each other and the aod office by email. Members will generate ideas and contacts, which they will assist the Artistic Director and/or representatives from the Board to follow up with a view to attracting funding or advancing the work of the company in other ways. An annual meeting of the full inner circle will provide a forum for appraisal of progress to date as well as generation of ideas and strategies for the future. It is envisaged that members will serve for a term of 3 years after which they can either agree to serve for a further term or join a less hands-on group of supporters.
  • Stuart Etherington was appointed Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) in 1994. NVCO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies. Throughout his career he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.
  • The joint Artistic Director of aod for eleven years (1993-2004), David has translated or adapted all the scripts for aod, most of which he has directed for the stage. As strategic advisor he now works with Lianna on aodEvents as well as being a member of aod’s Inner Circle. He also runs workshops for aod. David is the author of many books on the classical world including Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Greek Olympics (British Museum Press), Looking at Lysistrata (Duckworth) and (with Sam Moorhead) 31BC, Antony, Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt (BMP); AD410, The Year That Shook Rome (BMP); and The Romans Who Shaped Britain (Thames and Hudson). David’s latest book Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis will be published by BMP in September 2013, and he is currently writing A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives for Thames and Hudson, due for publication early in 2014. In August 2012, Current World Archaeology wrote: ‘David Stuttard is a classicist well-known for translating and directing Greek plays. His career represents an admirable commitment to popularising classical culture and making it accessible to new non-specialist audiences.
  • Christopher (Kit) Bird spent the first 14 years of his career in the leather chemicals industry, working in a variety of roles. From 1999 to 2002 he worked in North Yorkshire for the Prince’s Trust and it was during this period that he became interested in entrepreneurial activity. He has since become a “Business Angel”, working with start-up businesses around the country, and is currently on the board of an Angel syndicate in Yorkshire. Kit has served on the boards of a number of registered charities, including two arts charities, so brings to aod his knowledge of corporate and charity governance. He also has a strong interest in ancient Greek drama and is keen to help aod bring its 21st century perspective on these classic stories to audiences in the UK and beyond. He was a member of aod’s Board from 2005 to 2011 and Chair from 2010-2011
  • Sophie Laws holds MA and MLitt degrees in Theology from Oxford University, and has been a lecturer in Theology at Leeds University and King’s College London. She has also been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities in the USA. Sophie joined Regent’s College in 1985, the year the College opened its doors to the first students on study-abroad from the US. She is currently Programme Director for Study-Abroad in RACL, with responsibility for the curriculum and general college experience offered to around 170 American students who come each semester from over 50 higher education institutions affiliated with Regent’s College. She builds relationships with theses affiliates by regular visits to the USA. Sophie is also Programme Director for Humanities in RACL, overseeing courses which specialize in experiential learning and making full use of the opportunities London offers to study-abroad students. Her own teaching areas include Roman Britain and Mediaeval England: so from both her subject interests and her long career at Regent’s, she claims to “represent the ancient world on campus”!
  • Lucy began her career in PR, events and journalism and over the years has honed her skills and focused her energies on theatre and fundraising for the arts. Her previous roles include head of development at the glorious Open Air Theatre in The Regent’s Park, and before that at Hampstead Theatre. Theatre is her passion and she leaves no stone unturned in her attempts to secure success! Lucy sits on the Development Board of Artichoke and the Actors Centre.
  • Rosie Wyles studied Classics at Oxford, graduating from St. Anne’s college in 2004. She has been involved with the Archive for the Performance Reception of Greek and Roman drama, Oxford (www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk) since 2004 when she was awarded the AHRC PhD studentship attached to the APGRD’s project on the reception of the tragic canon within antiquity. Her thesis, supervised by Professor Edith Hall, was on costume’s role in the ancient performance reception of Euripides’ Telephus, Heracles and Andromeda. She was awarded her doctorate from the University of London in 2007. After the completion of her doctorate, she has held posts at the University of Oxford, the National University of Ireland Maynooth and the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include: Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity, performance reception and gender. Her most recent research project, begun as Leverhulme research fellow at the University of Nottingham, is on Madame Dacier’s French translations of Greek and Latin texts in Louis XIV’s France and the significance of her work to gender battles (in her own time and beyond).

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