Education: Stratos E. Constantinidis is the second and last son of two Greek refugees – Eustratius (1907-1950) and Philadelphia (1912-1982). Their families were driven out of their homeland in the Ottoman Empire at the aftermath of the Greco-Turkish war and they both settled in Greece in 1922. Stratos was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1949, and was named after his father. He grew up in a trilingual family and a multilingual neighborhood. He learned Modern Greek at the 42nd Grammar School (1955-1961), while at home he was introduced to the works of ancient Greek authors – beginning with Homer’s Odyssey – by his mother, her sister Odyssey (1909-2014), and their brother Plutarch who had been a victim of torture during the Greek Civil War (1944-1949). Stratos was taught Ancient Greek language and literature at Anatolia College (1961-1968) by eminent high-school teachers such as Nicholaos Papahatzis (Pausanias’ Peregrination of Greece, 5 volumes), Anastasios Georgopapadakos (Ancient Greek Grammatology), and Nikos Hourmousiadis (1930-2013) who became a university professor in 1971, a translator of Euripides’ plays, and an author of four books on Greek drama. Stratos studied Acting/Directing at the Haratsaris Theatre School (1969-1972) and made his professional debut with the theatre company of Manos Katrakis (1908-1984). He concurrently studied English Literature (along with the classics) at the National University of Athens (1970-1971) and then at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1971-1974) where he earned a BA in English Language and Literature and was granted a scholarship to attend a seminar on Shakespeare at Cambridge University in the UK. He fulfilled his service in the Greek Army (1975-1977) and was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. Then he continued his studies at the University of Iowa earning an MA degree (1980) from the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art, and a PhD degree (1984) from the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts which, at that time, was ranked among the top ten programs in the United States. His first academic advisor was Samuel L. Becker (1923-2012) and his dissertation advisor was Ray L. Heffner (1925-2012). Stratos taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona (1985-1986) where he served as the first director of its Modern Greek Program. He then joined the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University (1986-present) and he also became an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Classics, the Center of Middle East Studies, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. He is an alumnus of the School of Criticism and Theory (1987) where he studied with Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), Michael Riffaterre (1924-2006), and Sacvan Bercovitch (1933-2014). He became a US citizen in 1995. He is also an alumnus of the OSU President’s and Provost’s Leadership Institute (2006-2008), and took several seminars at The John Glenn School of Public Affairs Management Advancement for Public Service.
Research: Stratos E. Constantinidis is the author of Theatre under Deconstruction (Garland Publishing, 1993, 336p) and Modern Greek Theatre in a Quest for Hellenism (McFarland Publishers, 2001, 197p), which was translated into Greek in a revised expanded edition (Armos Publishing, 2011, 388p). He is editor of The Reception of Aeschylus Plays through Shifting Models and Frontiers (Brill, 2016 400p), and of Greece in Modern Times: an Annotated Bibliography of Works Published in English in Twenty-Two Academic Disciplines (Scarecrow Press, 2000, 687p), as well as editor of nine volumes of Text & Presentation (McFarland Publishers, 2000-2009, 2,070p), four volumes (eight issues) of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003-2006, 1,412p), a special issue on Classical Greek Drama in Modern Performances (1989, 102p), two special issues on Modern Greek Drama and Theatre (1996, 2007, 387p) and two special issues on Greek Film and Cinema (2000, 2011, 392p). He has translated into English Kalliroi Siganou-Parren’s The New Woman (Oxford University Press, 2001, 32p), and Iakovos Kambanellis’ A Tale without a Title (Elikia Books, 1989, 41p). He also translated into Greek William Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra (Polymnia Publishers, 1978, 218p). His research papers, essays, and reviews were anonymously peer-reviewed and published in various journals in Germany, Greece, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including Poetics Today, Film Criticism, Comparative Drama, Kodikas/Code: Ars Semeiotica, Theatre Survey, Theatre Studies, Text & Presentation, New Theatre Quarterly, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, the Journal of Hellenic Diaspora, the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Parabasis, World Literature Today, and the Classical Review. Some of his research papers were published in edited books, including The Cinema of the Balkans (Wallflower Press, 2006), Perspectives on Teaching Theatre (Peter Lang, 2001), and The Riddles of the Sphinx (Tolidis Bros, 1996). He has also given 69 talks as a panelist or as a guest speaker at conferences and other events in Canada, Finland, Greece, Israel, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is particularly interested in why and how classical and pre-modern literatures and theories continue to influence modern and postmodern production choices in the media of theatre, radio, cinema, and television. He has been writing plays and novels in English during his spare time since 1978, but until recently he had no reason to see them produced or published.
Teaching: Stratos E. Constantinidis has designed and taught 43 different graduate and undergraduate courses in three American universities – the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and The Ohio State University. He was a semi-finalist for an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at The Ohio State University in 2007. He is credited for having taught the first course on Modern Greek drama in the United States. He has advised graduate students from Belgium, Greece, India, Iran, Taiwan, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States. He advised a total of 50 PhD dissertations, M.A. theses, and M.F.A. theses. The titles of some of the doctoral dissertations that he directed are: The Archaeology of Liveness by Dries Vandorpe (INSC, 2015); Six Companies in Search of Shakespeare by Andrew Blasenack (Emory & Henry College, 2012); The Negro Ensemble Company from 1967 to 1978 by Darius Williams (Lehigh University, 2012); Rewriting the Greeks by Bethany Banister Rainsberg (INSC, 2010); The Color of Hollywood by Monica White Ndounou (Tufts University, 2007); The Performance of Black Masculinity by John Harris (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003); Secular Messianism and Nationalist Idea in the Plays of Adam Mickiewicz and William Butler Yeats by Eileen Krajewski (Fairchild Air Force Base, 2002); Variations of Virtual Reality in Theatre and Film by Kaizaad Kotwal (Ohio State University at Marion, 2000); Ambiguity and Deception in the Covert Texts of South African Theatre by Allan Munro (University of Pretoria, 1997); Playing God in Live Theatre by Kathleen Colligan Cleary (Sinclair Community College, 1994); The Rise of Directorial Influence in Broadway Shakespearean Production by Steven Marc Weiss (Coe College, 1994); and Transformations of Terror by Brian Rose (Adelphi University, 1993). Two of these dissertations were revised and published as books: Monica Ndounou, Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014); and Brian Rose, Jekyll and Hyde Adapted: Dramatizations of Cultural Anxiety (Westport & London: Greenwood Press, 1996).
Service: Stratos E. Constantinidis served as Director elect of The Comparative Drama Conference (www.facebook.com/comparativedramaconference/) for five years (2000-2004), edited Text & Presentation (www.mcfarlandpub.com) for ten years (2000-2009), and redesigned it in 2004 by turning it from an annual journal into a peer-reviewed book series. He edited the Journal of Modern Greek Studies (www.press.jhu.edu/journals/mgs) for four years (2003-2006). He founded and ran the annual Exchange Colloquium for Graduate Students from five universities – OSU, University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Bowling Green State University (1991-1994). He served for five years as Chair elect of the M.A./PhD program in Theatre History, Criticism and Literature (renamed Performance, History, and Theory in 2015) (1990-1991, 2002-2003, 2005-2008). He has also organized 34 interdisciplinary national and international conferences, symposia, colloquia, and panels. Participants in the Comparative Drama Conference at The Ohio State University came from 35 countries between 2000 and 2004, totaling 1,004 paper presentations by faculty and doctoral students from 318 academic institutions (61 foreign universities, 200 U.S. universities, and 57 U.S. colleges and academies). He has served on 30 committees at the levels of the department, the college, and the university, including the College of the Arts Faculty Concerns Committee, the Senate Hearing Committee, the College of the Arts Research and Faculty Development Committee, the West European Studies FLAS Fellowships Committee, the Interdisciplinary Faculty Travel Awards Committee, the West European Studies Program Advisory Committee, the Presidential Fellowship Committee, the Fulbright Interview Committee, the International Coordinating Committee, the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Steering Committee, the Nicholas Howe Memorial Fund Committee, and the Faculty Senate of the Arts and Sciences. He was elected and/or appointed to four additional committees and executive boards of professional associations, including the Modern Greek Studies Association of America and Canada (MGSA). He also served on the MGSA Graduate Studies Committee and its Dissertation Prize Subcommittee. He chaired the MGSA Elizabeth Constantinidis (no relation) Translation Prize Committee. He was also recruited and served as a consultant for the Ministry of Education of Greece and the Ohio Department of Education. He established the international Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award in 2006 (http://comparativedramaconference.stevenson.edu/award.html). Recipients of the award have been
- 2015 - C. W. "Toph" Marshall (University of British Columbia), “Performance Reception and the Cambridge Greek Play: Aristophanes' Frogs in 1936 and 1947.” Classical Receptions Journal 7/2 (2015): 177-202.
- 2014 - Peter E. Portmann (University of Manchester), “Arabs and Aristophanes, Menander among the Muslims: Greek Humor in the Medieval and Modern Middle East.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 21/1 (2014): 1-29.
- 2013 - Gonda Van Steen (University of Florida), “The Story of Ali Retzo: Brechtian Theatre in Greece under the Military Dictatorship.” Journal of Modern Greek Studies 31/1 (2013): 85-115.
- 2012 - Loren Kruger (University of Chicago), “On the Tragedy of the Commoner: Elektra, Orestes, and Others in South Africa.” Comparative Drama 46/3 (2012): 355-377.
- 2011 - Robert Davis (City University of New York), “Is Mr. Euripides a Communist? The Federal Theatre Project’s 1938 Trojan Incident.” Comparative Drama 44/4 (2010) and 45/1 (2011): 423-440.
- 2010 - Amanda Wrigley (Open University, UK), “A Wartime Radio Odyssey: Edward Sackville-West and Benjamin Britten’s The Rescue (1943).” The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media 8/2 (2010): 81-104.
- 2009 - Melinda Powers (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York) “Unveiling Euripides.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 23/2 (2009): 5-19.
- 2008 - The committee determined that none of the nominated papers met the award requirements.
- 2007 - The committee determined that none of the nominated papers met the award requirements.
- 2006 - Kelly Younger (Loyola Marymount University) “Irish Antigones: Burying the Colonial System.” Colloquy: text theory critique 11 (2006): n.p.