Professor of Classics in the Modern World
Peter Meineck was born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England and grew up in South London. He studied at University College London (BA Hons Ancient world Studies) and the University of Nottingham (PhD Classics), where he was fortunate enough to be taught by Pat Easterling and Alan Sommerstein. He has pursued parallel careers in both professional theatre and classics and has worked extensively in London and New York Theatre as a technician, production manager, designer, producer and director. In 1991 he founded Aquila Theatre and was its artistic director until 2011. He now serves on the board of Aquila. He has produced and/or directed 58 shows, written, translated or adapted 23, and designed lighting for 45 in New York, London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and the United States in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the ancient Stadium at Delphi, Lincoln Center, and the White House. He also created Aquila’s education program at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Aquila’s national theatre education programs. He has also held appointments at Princeton University and USC and is Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham.
Peter Meineck has published several volumes of translations of Greek comedy and tragedy with Hackett and his translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia was awarded the 2001/2 Louis Galantiere Award by the American Translators Association. He received the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, a 2009 Humanities Initiative Team Teaching Award, the American Philological Association Outreach Prize and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award. He is also a volunteer Fire Fighter an with Bedford FD in New York, an Emergency Medical Technician in Katonah, NY and the proud father of Sofia Estrella and Marina Hippolyta.
Peter Meineck teaches ancient drama, ancient theatre production, classical literature and mythology, ancient war and society, global literature, theatre history, cognitive theory as applied to ancient studies and drama, dramaturgy, directing, arts administration, and applied theatre.