Jane Montgomery Griffiths

  • School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

    PhD (University of Melbourne), GradCertHigherEd (Monash University), (MA (University of Cambridge), BA, Hons (University of Cambridge)

    Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths is Head of Section of the Centre for Theatre and Performance.

    Her career combines academic teaching and research with professional theatre practice.

    She had an extensive career in UK theatre as an actor and director, performing with the RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, Derby Playhouse, Cambridge Theatre Company, Harrogate Theatre and Compass Theatre (Manchester Evening News, Best Actress award for Electra), before moving to Australia and redirecting her career to academic research and teaching. Recently returned to professional practice, she has performed with Bell Shakespeare Company in King Lear, Malthouse Theatre in Sappho…in 9 fragments and Wild Surmise, Fraught Outfit in Elektra and Persona, Red Stitch in Good People, and for ABC Radio National in Sectioned and Sappho. She is currently rehearsing for The Rabble for their upcoming production of Story of O at MTC’s Neon Festival.

     As a director, she has worked at Harrogate Theatre, UpFront Theatre Company, Cambridge Arts Theatre (as Director of the Cambridge Greek Play), and Red Stitch Actors Ensemble. As writer, her plays include Sappho…in 9 fragments (Currency Press 2010), which was nominated for the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards, An Ox Stand on my Tongue (winner of an R E Ross Award and PWA development place), Sectioned (ABC RN), and the libretto for the opera Razing Hypatia (3 Masks; Opera Nova), and an adaptation of Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise (Malthouse Theatre; ABC Radio National– nominated for Greenroom, Best Writing/Adaptation).  Sappho…in 9 fragments is currently playing at London’s Rose Theatre, prior to a tour to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto and Edinburgh. 

    She is the recipient of an ARC Linkage Grant in partnership with Malthouse Theatre to explore interdisciplinary links between Classics and performance, and investigate affective ways of interpreting classic/al texts through performance. 

    She has published chapters on Ancient Greek Drama, Classical Reception Studies and the phenomenology of acting in various publications from Duckworth, CUP, Oxbrow and MUP, and is currently editing a volume on space and time in Greek drama for Cambridge Scholars Press.

    Her teaching practice includes positions in Classical Studies and Drama departments in universities in the UK and Australia. She was the University of Cambridge’s Judith E. Wilson Visiting Lecturer in Drama (1998, King’s College) and the inaugural Leventis Fellow in Greek Drama (2001, Peterhouse), and has also taught at Bretton Hall, York St Johns, La Trobe and University of Melbourne.  Jane is the recipient of numerous teaching commendations and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Jane is a Board member for Red Stitch Actors’ Ensemble and Australian Script Centre, and is a regular  media commentator on theatre and Greek drama, with numerous guest slots on Radio National, 3MBS, 774, Joy FM, a regular reviewing slot on RRR, and interviews for The Age and The Australian.  Her media engagement won her the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Media Engagement