Hugh Denard


Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College, London
University of London
Kay House, 7 Arundel Street
London WC2R 3DX, UK
Tel. +44 020 7848 2719
E-mail: Hugh.Denard at

Hugh Denard lectures in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College, London, where he convenes the MA in Digital Culture and Technology and is Associate Director of the King's Visualisation Lab. He directs a JISC-funded project to establish a Support Network for academics using 3D visualisation technologies in the Arts and Humanities, and is co-director of an AHRC-funded ICT Methods project designed to develop "a methodology for tracking and documenting the cognitive process in 3-dimensional visualisation-based research." He has been Editor of Didaskalia since 2000.

Hugh read Drama and Classical Civilizations at Trinity College Dublin, before going on to take an MA in Ancient Drama and Society (Classics) at the University of Exeter. His doctorate (Drama), on modern reworkings of Greek Tragedy, concentrated on versions of Sophoclean drama by Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin for Field Day Theatre Company. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he taught in the English Department at Trinity College Dublin for a year, and then in the School of Theatre at the University of Warwick, specialising in ancient Greek and Roman drama and its influence. He moved, with the other members of the visualisation research group, to King's College, London, in September 2005.

Hugh is a member of the research team for The Pompey Project, an ongoing project to study and digitally to reconstruct Rome's earliest stone theatre, and jointly directs a theatre-historical programme of research that uses advanced visualisation techniques to explore 'theatrical' aspects of Pompeian frescos and Roman domestic environments. Hugh was also Joint Academic Director of ARCHES, a two-year programme of work at the University of Warwick funded by JISC to create and embed in a range of innovative teaching projects a new, freely-available online database of visual resources relating to ancient drama, now available through Didaskalia (see the article by Mark Childs in Issue 6 Volume 2). The visualisation group's work has been supported by public funding from the ARHB, British Academy, HEFCE (SRIF), JISC, Leverhulme Foundation and a number of internal, university grants.

Selected Recent Publications

  • "Roman Theatre and Frescos: Intermedial Research Through Applied Digital Visualisation Technologies" Co-authors: Prof. R. Beacham; Martin Blazeby in Hal Thwaites (Ed.) Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference On Virtual Systems and MultiMedia: Virtual Reality at Work in the 21st Century: Impact On Society (VSMM, 2005) 223-233.
  • “Lost Theatre and Performance Traditions in Greece and Italy” Cambridge Companion to Classical Theatre Eds. J. Michael Walton and Marianne McDonald (Cambridge University Press, 2005 - forthcoming).
  • “Transforming Online Learning Paradigms” in Jacqueline Dempster and Graham Lewis (eds.) A Decade of E-Learning Innovation at Warwick (December 2005 – forthcoming.)
    A version of an article previously published in Interactions Vol.7 No.2 (2003).
  • ‘Lost in Space: the Virtual Worlds of Pompeian Painting and Performance” Co-author: Prof. R. Beacham. Proceedings of the Accordia Research Institute: The Italy Lectures 2003-2004. (forthcoming)
  • ‘“At the foot of Pompey’s Statue”: Reconstructing Rome’s Theatrum Lapideum’ in Alan K. Bowman and Michael Brady (eds.) Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World (Oxford University Press, 2005) 69-76.
  • ‘Performing the Past: the Virtual Revolution in Performance History’ in Kenneth Schlesinger (ed.) Performing Arts Resources Vol.24: Performance Documentation and Preservation in an Online Environment (New York: Theatre Library Association, 2004) 54-70.
  • "The Art of Re-membering: Some Greek Tragedies from Ireland" Proceedings of the IX International Meeting on Ancient Greek Drama: 'On History and Myths' (Delphi: 2004) 153-167.
  • ‘The Pompey Project: Digital Research and Virtual Reconstruction of Rome's First Theatre’ (with R. Beacham) Journal of Computers and the Humanities 37 No.1 (2003) 129-140
  • Introduction and Appendix to Aeschylus Complete Plays Volume 1 tran. Carl Mueller (Hanover NH: Smith and Kraus, 2002) 1-49; 283-300. Reviewed by E. Teresa Choate in Performing Arts Journal 75 (2003) 118-126.
  • Virtuality and Performativity: Recreating Rome’s Theatre of Pompey’ (Performing Arts Journal 70, January 2002), 25-43
  • Seamus Heaney, Colonialism and the Cure' (Performing Arts Journal 66, September 2000) 1-18
  • In August 2000, Hugh co-directed, with Prof. Carl Mueller (UCLA) and Alex Linse (a Theatre Studies student), a devised work called Dionysos at the Warwick Arts Centre, based on his research. (For documentation and review of this production, search under 'Modern title' in the Open University's Database: Late 20th Century Reception of Greek Drama & Poetry Database). He is Resident Director for Two Hats Theatre Company, a young, Midlands-based theatre company.