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Maurice Rehm

Professor of Theater and Performance Studies and of Classics

Bio
An actor, director, and professor of Theater & Performance Studies and Classics, Rush Rehm publishes in the areas of Greek tragedy and contemporary politics. He also serves as Artistic Director of Stanford Repertory Theater, a professional theater company that presents staged readings, full productions, and a dramatic festival and symposium based on a major playwright or theme each summer.

Rehm’s books include Aeschylus’ Oresteia: A Theatre Version (Melbourne 1978); Greek Tragic Theatre (Routledge: London 1992, paper 1994, modern Greek translation 1999); Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Marriage and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 1994, paper 1996); The Play of Space: Spatial Transformation in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2002); and Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World (Duckworth: London 2003).

Recent contributions to edited volumes include essays in Greek Drama in the Americas (Oxford), Aeschylus’ Tragedies: The Cultural Divide and the Trauma of Adaptation (Cambridge), The Brill Companion to Sophocles (Brill: Leiden), The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre (Cambridge), Rebel Women (Methuen: London), Aeschylus’ Agamemnon in Performance (Oxford), Sophocles and the Greek Language (Brill: Leiden), Antigone’s Answer (Atlanta), and Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds (Oxford). As well as courses on ancient theater and culture, Rehm teaches courses on contemporary politics, the media, and U.S. imperialism
Academic Appointments: 
Professor, Theater and Performing Studies
Professor, Classics
Administrative Appointments: 
Professor of Drama and Classics, Stanford University (2003 - Present)
Associate Professor of Drama and Classics, Stanford University (1995 - 2002)
Assistant Professor of Drama, Stanford University (1990 - 1995)
Assistant Professorby courtesy, Classics, Stanford University (1990 - 1995)
Assistant Professor of Classics and Theatre Studies, Emory University (1985 - 1990)
Honors and Awards: 
Donald Andrewes Whittier Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (1995-1996)
Junior Fellow, The Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University) (1989-1990)
Whiting Fellowship, Institute of Classical Studies, London (1984-1985)
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, Melbourne, United States Department of Education (1973-1975)
Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Scholarship, Princeton University (1973-1974)
National Merit Scholarship, Princeton University (1968-1972)
Graduate Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center (1982-1984)
Professional Organizations: 
Member, Curriculum Revision, Stanford University
Member, Senior and Junior Searches, Stanford University
Outside Reviewer, Stanford University
Reader/Referee, Theatre Journal
Reader/Referee, Classical World
Reader/Referee, Classical Philology
Reader/Referee, Transactions of the American Philological Association
Reader/Referee, Arethusa
Reader/Referee, Cambridge university press
Reader/Referee, MD (Materiali e discussioni per 1 'ana list dei testi classici, Pisa)
Reader/Referee, Classical Antiquity
Reader/Referee, Oxford university press
Reader/Referee, Princeton university press
Academic Senate, Stanford University (2013 - 2015)
Preliminary Application Reviewer, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (2007 - 2009)
Project Director, Stages of Reconciliation (Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts) (2007 - 2008)
Academic Senate, Stanford University (2005 - 2007)
Chair, Drama Department Committees: Graduate Studies, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
Director, Stanford Theater Discovery Institute (2000 - 2004)
Academic Senate, Stanford University (2000 - 2001)
Chair, Drama Department Committees: Graduate Studies, Stanford University (2000 - 2001)
Member, Production Advisory Board, Stanford University (1998 - 2007)
Member, Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities: Committee-in-Charge (1998 - 2006)
Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater (1997 - Present)
Preliminary Application Reviewer, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (1995 - 2003)
Education: 
Ph.D., Stanford University, Drama (Directing and Criticism) and Humanities (1985)
M.A., Classical Studies, Melbourne University (1975)
B.A., Princeton University, Creative Writing/Classics (1973)
Research & Scholarship
Current Research Interests: 
Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is set to launch its 17th summer festival, this summer (2015) dedicated to the work of Noel Coward. Our mainstage production is *Hay Fever* and secondstage production *A Coward Cabaret*. The festival includes an all-day community symposium, continuing studies course *Theater on Theater*, and film festival on Coward. Our 2016 SRT Festival will focus on "Theater and Labor" with productions of Naomi Wallace's *Slaughter City* and Clifford Odets' *Waiting for Lefty."

I continue working on a long-term project entitled "Bilingual Beckett," which has included Stanford Repertory Theater's bilingual production of Samuel Beckett's *Happy Days/Oh les beaux jours," performed at Stanford, San Francisco, Montpellier, and Paris.

Professor Eleni Papalexiou at the University of the Peloponnese and I are collaborating to develop a summer institute in the Argolid, "Ancient Tragedies/Modern Stages," exploring contemporary approaches to staging Greek tragedy.

In winter 2016, SRT will remount "Words and Images to End All War," a theater piece I developed this year on World War I, supported by Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford Continuing Studies, TAPS, and Art and Art History.

SRT's "Comparative Clytemnestra" (performance/lecture focusing on the various treatments of Clytemnestra in Greek tragedy, with actress Courtney Walsh) will travel to New Zealand and Australia in the fall of 2015. This work will find its way into the revision of my 1992 *Greek Tragic Theatre,* which will come out in a new version entitled *Understanding Greek Tragedy* in 2016
Projects: 
Ancient Tragedies/Modern Stages, Stanford University/Ecole normale superieure/Paul Valery in Montpellier
Title: 
Ancient Tragedies/Modern Stages
Detail: 

Professor Eleni Papalexiou at the University of the Peloponnese and I are collaborating to develop a summer institute in the Argolid, "Ancient Tragedies/Modern Stages," exploring contemporary approaches to staging Greek tragedy. A combination of workshops, lectures, classes, and performances will provide participants with an up-to-date understanding of how our oldest theatrical form, Greek tragedy, continues to challenge contemporary theater artists and audiences in the 21st century.

Location

Napflion, Greece

Bilingual Beckett, Stanford University/Ecole normale superieure/Paul Valery in Montpellier
Title: 
Bilingual Beckett
Detail: 

I continue working on a long-term project entitled "Bilingual Beckett," which has included Stanford Repertory Theater's bilingual production of Samuel Beckett's *Happy Days/Oh les beaux jours," performed at Stanford, San Francisco, Montpellier, and Paris.

Location

France

Collaborators

  • Joëlle Chambon, Maître de conferences en Etudes Théâtrales, Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3
Comparative Clytemnestra, Stanford University/Stanford Repertory Theater
Title: 
Comparative Clytemnestra
Detail: 

SRT's "Comparative Clytemnestra" (performance/lecture focusing on the various treatments of Clytemnestra in Greek tragedy, with actress Courtney Walsh) will travel to New Zealand and Australia in the fall of 2015. This work will find its way into the revision of my 1992 *Greek Tragic Theatre,* which will come out in a new version entitled *Understanding Greek Tragedy* in 2016

Location

Wellington, New Zealand

Teaching
Courses Taught: 
Academic Year: 
2017-18
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
TAPS 390 (Sum)
Directed Readings (Undergraduate)
CLASSICS 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Undergraduate Thesis: Senior Research
CLASSICS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2016-17
Courses: 
Theater Crew
TAPS 39 (Sum)
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
TAPS 390 (Sum)
Directed Readings (Undergraduate)
CLASSICS 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Special Research
TAPS 190 (Spr)
Undergraduate Thesis: Senior Research
CLASSICS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2015-16
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
TAPS 390 (Sum)
Directed Readings (Undergraduate)
CLASSICS 198 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Independent Study
TAPS 191 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Senior Project
TAPS 200 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Special Research
TAPS 190 (Spr)
Undergraduate Thesis: Senior Research
CLASSICS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2014-15
Independent Study Courses: 
Directed Reading
TAPS 390 (Sum)
Directed Reading in Classics (Graduate Students)
CLASSICS 298 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Directed Readings (Undergraduate)
CLASSICS 198 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Independent Study
TAPS 191 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
Senior Project
TAPS 200 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Special Research
TAPS 190 (Spr)
Undergraduate Thesis: Senior Research
CLASSICS 199 (Aut, Win, Spr)
Publications
Ritual in Sophocles Brill Companion to Sophocles Rehm, R. edited by Markantonatos, A. Leiden and Boston. 2012: 411–428
Sophocles Space in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative Rehm, R. edited by Jong, I. d. Leiden and Boston. 2012: 307–323
Aeschylus Space in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative Rehm, R. edited by Jong, I. d. Leiden and Boston. 2012: 325–339
Ifyou are a woman': Theatrical Womanizing in Sophocles' Antigone and Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona's The Island Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds Rehm, R. edited by Gillispie, C., Hardwick, L. Cambridge. 2010: 211–217
Performance and Cure by K.V. Hartigan, Text & Presentation Comp. Drama Conf. Rehm, R. 2010; 7: 166-168
Sophocles and Alcibiades: Athenian Politics in Ancient Greek Literature (Book Review) COMPARATIVE DRAMA Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 2009; 43 (3): 402-405
How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today (Book Review) CLASSICAL WORLD Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 2009; 102 (4): 501-502
Greek Ritual Poetics (Book Review) JOURNAL OF HELLENIC STUDIES Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 2008; 128: 208-209
The Future of Dramatic Literature Text and Presentation Rehm, R. edited by Constantinidis, S. 2008: 216–218
Ifyou are a woman': Theatrical Womanizing in Sophocles' Antigone and Fugard, Kani, and Ntshona's The Island Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds Rehm, R. edited by Gillispie, C., Hardwick, L. Cambridge. 2007: 211–227
Festivals and Audiences in Athens and Rome Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre Rehm, R. edited by Walton, M., McDonald, M. Cambridge. 2007: 184–201
Sophocles on Fire--To Pyr in Philoctetes Sophocles and the Greek Language: Aspects of Diction, Syntax, and the Greek Language Rehm, R. edited by Jong, I. d., Rijksbaron, A. Leiden: Brill. 2006: 95–107
Cassandra- The Prophetess Unveiled Agamemnon in Performance Rehm, R. edited by Hall, E., McIntosh, F. Oxford. 2006: 343–358
All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater by B. Bennett Bryn Mawr Classical Review Rehm, R. 2006
Antigone and Family Values Antigone's Answer: Essays on Death and Burial, Family and State in Classical Athens Rehm, R. edited by Patterson, C. B. Helios. 2006: 187–218
Female Solidarity: Timely Resistance in Greek Tragedy Rebel Women Rehm, R. edited by Wilmer, S. London: Methuen. 2005: 177–192
"Introduction," R.C Jebb's commentary Oedipus at Co/onus Rehm, M. P. edited by Easterling, P. E. London: Duckworth. 2004: 31–56
Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World Rehm, M. P. London: Duckworth. 2003
Dolos and dike in Sophokles' 'Elektra' (Book Review) GNOMON-KRITISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR DIE GESAMTE KLASSISCHE ALTERTUMSWISSENSCHAFT Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 2003; 75 (6): 543-545
Greek theatre performance: An introduction (Book Review) CLASSICAL JOURNAL Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 2002; 98 (2): 228-232
'Supplices', the satyr play: Charles Mee's 'Big Love' AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY Rehm, R. 2002; 123 (1): 111-118
The Play of Space: Spatial Transformation in Greek Tragedy Rehm, R. Princeton University Press. 2002
Before, Behind, Beyond: Tragic Space in Euripides' Heracles Euripides Rehm, R. edited by Cropp, M., Lee, K., Sansone, D. Chicago. 2000: 363–375
Dionysus writes: The invention of theatre in ancient Greece (Book Review) UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO QUARTERLY Book Review Authored by: Rehm, R. 1999; 69 (1): 167-168
Greek Tragic Theatre (modern Greek translation) Rehm, R. Routledge. 1998
Public Spaces, Private Voices: Sophocles' Electra and Euripides' Suppliant Women Drama Rehm, M. P. 1996; 4: 49-61
Choral Presence, Absence, and Interaction in Euripides Arion Rehm, M. P. 1996: 45-60
Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Wedding and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy Rehm, R. Princeton University Press. 1996
Theatre de Complicite: An Appreciation TheatreForum Rehm, M. P. 1995; 6: 88-96
Greek Tragic Theatre Rehm, M. P. Routledge. 1994
Marriage to Death: The Conjlation of Wedding and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy Rehm, M. P. Princeton University Press. 1994
Greek Tragic Theatre Rehm, M. P. Routledge. 1992
Medea and the Logos ofthe Heroic Eranos Rehm, M. P. 1989; 87: 97-115
Aeschylus: The Commerce of Tragedy and Politics Syracuse, The Fairest Greek City Rehm, M. P. edited by Wescoar, B. D. Rome. 1989: 31–34
THE STAGING OF SUPPLIANT PLAYS + GREEK TRAGEDY GREEK ROMAN AND BYZANTINE STUDIES Rehm, R. 1988; 29 (3): 263-307
BRENTON 'BLOODY POETRY' THEATRE JOURNAL Rehm, R. 1987; 39 (4): 521-522
SHEPARD 'CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS' THEATRE JOURNAL Rehm, R. 1986; 38 (2): 217-218
Aeschylus and Performance Themes in Drama Rehm, R. edited by Redmond, J. Cambridge U. Press. 1985: 229–248
AESCHYLUS 'ORESTEIA' TRILOGY THEATRE JOURNAL Rehm, R. 1985; 37 (4): 509-510
From Performance: Iliad Scripsi Rehm, R. 1981: 108-112
On Time and Timing: Waiting for Godot and the Theatre Viewpoints Rehm, R. edited by McFarlane, B. Melbourne. 1980: 66–81
Aeschylus' Oresteia: A Theatre Version Rehm, R. Melbourne: Hawthorn Press. 1978