The main objective of this research project is the creation of a national database which will include all available sources for the study and research of the Modern Greek Theater. In the project Sources of History of Modern Greek Theatre a wealth of evidence on the theatrical activity of the travels of Greek acting companies across the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea has been collected so far. The main focus of the program since its foundation is the introduction of new theatre scientists in the field of research methodology in the history of Modern Greek Theatre and Culture through systematic research training through their continuous processing of archival material and documentation.
The study of the phenomenon of the revival of ancient drama in Modern Greece is carried out by the project of the History of Modern Greek Theatre in the context of a wider project of study of the Ancient Theatre. Part of the Athens Press has been card-indexed, as has a considerable number of projects, albums and volumes dedicated to the revival of the ancient theatre. The result of the project is the creation of an electronic archive of performances of ancient drama in modern times which covers the period from 1817 until today.
The IMS Ancient Theater Project aims at collecting into an electronic data-base all possible information about ancient drama as theatrical praxis and cultural activity within the wider geographical boundaries of the Greek speaking world (although the areas of overlapping between Greek and Roman theater are considerable from the late Hellenistic period onwards).
The research project will focus on the identification, collection and processing of biographies and portraits of Greek and foreign actors in magazines, newspapers and annual calendars published in many cities of Greece (Athens, Syros, Mytilene, Patras etc), but also in the urban centers of the Greek Diaspora (Cairo, Alexandria, Constantinople, Smyrna, Philippopolis, etc.). The material will be classified chronologically, will be listed and analyzed. The data will be inserted into electronic databases and the results of the project will be disseminated through an anthology of biographical texts and with the presentation and publication of relevant articles in scientific journals and conferences.
The aim of this research project is to trace, record and process the landscapes of the wandering actors and actresses in the wider Mediterranean region and the Black Sea and to investigate the artistic and cultural interactions between the Greek and the European theatre from about mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth.
The reception of the wider European realistic tradition, from conventional realism of the mid-19th century to the anti-reformist Naturalism, is a desideratum of the history of Modern Greek Theater. The subject has been identified in the past but has not yet been systematically studied, mainly because of the vastness of material. The issue is related to a number of serious issues that have arisen in the tradition of "urban drama" which was bequeathed by the Enlightenment; and concerns the thorny but crucial problem of the degree of assimilation of realistic artistic conventions into the Greek dramaturgy of 19th and first decades of 20th century. In short, the research project aims to examine the realistic representation of Modern Greek society, its qualities and its limitations.
The program primarily focuses on the similarities between Modern Greek and European theatre avant-garde movements as well as on the inner difficulties that Greek society faced in its dialogue with the European developments from the 1890s up to WWII. It constitutes the first Greek project on the avant-garde theatre in relation to the problems of modernization and the westernization of the country; it aims at claiming a place in the international discussion on these subjects as well as on the study of the general cultural relations between Greek and European theatre. Modern Greek theatre cannot really escape from its isolationism unless it delimits its exact historical position in Modern European theatre.
The aim of the project is to locate and record Greek translations and adaptations of French melodramas which were performed by Greek repertory companies ad nauseam in the 19th century.