Centre for Theatre and Performance, Faculty of Arts
PhD (University of Melbourne), GradCertHigherEd (Monash University), (MA (University of Cambridge), BA, Hons (University of Cambridge)
Professor 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, Wild Surmise, and Antigone; Red Stitch in Good People; Fraught Outfit in Elektra and Persona; The Rabble in Story of O (Neon/MTC) and Frankenstein (Malthouse); Belvoir in Wizard of Oz; 45Downstairs in Wit (winner of Green Room Award for Outstanding Performance); and MTC in Macbeth. She has also acted for ABC Radio National in Sectioned and Sappho, and Wild Surmise.
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 Antigone (Currency Press 2015), 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), the libretto for the opera Razing Hypatia (3 Masks; Opera Nova), an adaptation of Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise (Malthouse Theatre; ABC Radio National– nominated for Greenroom, Best Writing/Adaptation), and most recently Eurydike for NIDA. Sappho…in 9 fragments has now toured internationally, playing to several awards and sell out seasons in London, 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 has published an edited volume, Close Relations: Spaces of Greek and Roman Theatre (Cambridge Scholars Press 2016), with Dr Paul Monaghan.
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 has been a Board member for the Australian Script Centre and Red Stitch, an expert assessor for TEQSA, and on the advisory board of NICA. She 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