2019 Creative Team
Faculty Advisor: Helene Foley
Helene Foley is Claire Tow Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she has taught for forty years and supervised the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group. As an internationally recognized authority on Greek drama especially, Helene has published several books on the reception of Greek tragedy. She is the author of Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (2012, UC Press), Female Acts in Greek Tragedy (2001, Princeton), and Ritual Irony: Poetry and Sacrifice in Euripides (1985, Cornell), among several other books and articles. She is co-editor of Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (2011, Oxford) andVisualizing the Tragic (2007, Oxford). Her current book project involves choral dance in Greek tragedy.
Production Co-Director & Musical Director: Caleb Simone
A PhD Candidate in Classics, Caleb is currently writing his dissertation on aulos performance. He has published on sound and musical performance in Greek lyric and tragedy. Caleb holds a certificate in Ancient Greek Music from the University of Trento in Italy (2015). He has been involved in the Ancient Drama Group since 2013, playing a lead role in the production of Euripides’ Ion. In July 2017, Caleb performed a fragment of the musical annotation from Euripides’ Orestes at a concert in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In 2017, Caleb worked with Matt Rocker (below) to record a dramatic performance of spoken Latin for Bloomberg’s London Mithraeum project. Caleb is has also been working with the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study as the program developer for a volunteer-based public-school program in ancient Greek language and myth.
Production Co-Director: Cristina Pérez-Díaz
Cristina Pérez-Díaz is a PhD student in Classics at Columbia University. Cristina writes about ancient Greek tragedy, music, and contemporary reception. She has a long background in theater and experimental dance. She has taken workshops internationally, among others, with Viveca Vázquez, Teresa Hernández and Rosa Luisa Márquez (Puerto Rico, 1999-2003), Malayerba (Ecuador, 2000 and 2002), Mapateatro (Colombia, 2003), Patty Hernández (Chile, 2002 and 2004), Diplomado del cuerpo (México, 2003), Yuyachkani (Perú, 2015). As a playwright, she is a member of the writers group hosted by the Brooklyn-based theater company Caborca. Her first original play, “Western, a play starring Antigone and her siblings” was staged in collaboration with Caborca and a Public Humanities fellowship from the New York Council for the Humanities in June, 2016.
Musician: Callum Armstrong
Born in Glasgow, Callum is a professional musician based in London who specializes in woodwind instruments. Having studied the recorder at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatory, Callum has a broad background in performing on historical reed woodwinds. For three consecutive years Callum won the Beryl Maggs Award for recorder and in his final year was awarded the Silver Medal for Early Music. In recent years, Callum has collaborated with the MOISA Society for Greek and Roman Music to perform on reconstructed models of the ancient Greek aulos in chiefly scholarly settings. In November 2017, Callum played the aulos to accompany a creative retelling of Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women at London’s Young Vic.
Choreographer: Jon Froelich
Jon is artistic director of Cloud of Fools Theater Company, for whom he writes, acts, directs, and leads physical training. He is a regular collaborator with Caborca, Stolen Chair, and Mettawee River. Besides his regular work in NYC, he has performed in Germany, Italy, and Puerto Rico, as well as regionally in the United States. He teaches Movement in Pace University’s International Performance Ensemble program, and obtained his MFA in acting from Columbia University, where he has also taught Acting.
Lighting Designer: Marién Vélez
Marién is from Puerto Rico and has a background in stage lighting in Argentina, New York City and Puerto Rico. Marién is currently finishing a Masters in Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Parsons School of Design. She has participated in events produced by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NYU) in Brazil and Canada. She has collaborated with groups like Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, Sylvia Bofill, Sleep No More, The Public Theater, Kairiana Núñez, Viveca Vázquez, Karen Languevin, Mima, and other artists and collectives. She has published for the magazine of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Puerto Rico.
Sound Artist: Matt Rocker
Matt Rocker is Supervising Sound Editor and Mixer at Underground Audio in NYC’s East Village. He studied ethnomusicology and sound production at New York University. In addition to sound design for film, television, and Broadway, Matt has engineered museum sound installations such as the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the immersive archaeological site of the Mithraeum that recently opening in Bloomberg’s London headquarters. Matt is currently involved in several other multisensory museum installations.