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Theatrical Design in Ancient and Modern Greece



Mark Guirguis

Prof. Tom GallantMark is Professor and Head of Undergraduate Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UCSD. He trained and received his Professional Bachelors’ Degree in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow Scotland and studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He works professionally as a set designer for theatre and has worked for numerous professional theatre companies across the country. He is the recipient of numerous design nominations and four Ostrander Awards for excellence in set design. His travels have taken him across South America, Europe, Russia, Egypt, and to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Dates Departure from U.S.: Sun., June 28, 2020
Arrival: Mon., June 29, 2020
Mandatory Orientation: Tues., June 30, 2020
First Day of Class: Tues., June 30, 2020
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 31, 2020
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sun., August 2, 2020

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Athens International Airport (ATH) during daylight hours on Monday, June 29, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. There will be two airport pick up times, one in the late morning, and one in the late afternoon. It is always preferable to arrive early in the day to allow flexibility for travel delays.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information. 
Info Sessions
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Why You Should Go

Athens is regarded as the “cradle” of western civilization where so many intellectual and artistic ideas originated. It is also a place where you can see this rich history coexisting with an exciting, dynamic, contemporary city. This course presents a unique opportunity to engage with this extraordinary place on a whole new level. This summer we will explore the inspiring city of Athens from a designers’ perspective. The course will focus on production design for stage and film including a look at how visual ideas for a story are processed and interpreted. We will study a wide range of productions with an emphasis on interpretations of Classical Plays, Greek Myths and Epic Poems. A companion class will provide an introduction to the foundational skills needed for design drawing by observing and recording interior and exterior architecture featured throughout this great city.

Who Should Go

This will be a fantastic experience for anyone interested in learning about this part of the world from a different perspective. Those with a special interest in Architecture and Design should definitely go on this pilgrimage. These two courses can satisfy fine arts requirements for Revelle, Muir, Marshall and ERC Colleges. Warren students can use these courses toward 2 programs of concentration requirements or 2 area studies requirements or 2 upper-division non-contiguous requirements. No prerequisite is required for TDGE 125 or TDDE 131; students will be given consent to enroll.

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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