Founded in 1993, Actors of Dionysus is an award-winning charity and national touring company that specializes in creating innovative versions of ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by myth. We are unique in the UK in that we are the only company solely dedicated to exploring this rich canon of work through a rigorous approach that marries academic understanding with artistic vision. 

aod has performed nationally and internationally in both theatres, arts centres, festivals and outdoor spaces as well as schools.

Since 2018, our popular free workshop programme has reached thousands of young people in state funded schools across the UK, building historical knowledge, team skills and self-confidence. During lockdown we adapted our outreach support to an online platform providing more than 30 digital workshops free to State funded schools, providing important free educational resources. We also produced an award winning online series called #dailydose, which provided daily digital content for social media, including readings, music, dance, animation and graphic art, not to mention escape rooms and quizzes.

Our work is available on the digital platform Digital Theatre Plus and our books, dvds and CDs have been sold worldwide.



aod is divided into three strands:

aodProductions - Producing and touring new adaptations of Ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by myth

aodEducation - Producing a rich and varied outreach programme for schools, colleges, universities and young people

aodResources - Providing a rich and varied resource hub with items and information both available free and to purchase.


Our History

1993 - 1994: aod was founded in St Andrews, Fife by David Stuttard with the first production of Hekabe. Tamsin Shasha joins as Joint Artistic Director and the company becomes a limited company with charitable status. 

1995 - 2002: The company relocates to York and during this time collaborates with Channel 4, the BFI, BBC Radio 3 and Penguin Audiobooks, and conducts over 20 national and international tours. 

2003 - present: The company relocates to Brighton where it remains today. Tamsin Shasha becomes sole Artistic Director, re-trains as an aerialist and introduces new writing, aerial arts and events arms to aod’s work, and conducts over 20 national and international tours. aod turned 25 years old in 2018.

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