Amy Cohen presents panel at national conference

With Britanny Stallings demonstrates making Greek theatre masks  


Amy Cohen, associate professor of classics, organized a joint panel at the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, January 10, 2009. The panel, "Linen in War and Drama: A Demonstration and Hands-On Workshop," was presented with Gregory S. Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Cohen and her student Brittany Stallings '09 discussed ancient Greek theatrical masks, presenting the masks worn in the recent Randolph College Greek Play performance of Elektra, as well giving a hands-on demonstration of how to make them. Aldrete and his student Scott Bartel demonstrated the research they've been doing on ancient linen armor, such as worn by Alexander the Great's army.

The masks are a continuation of research which includes two Summer Research program projects - with Naomi Fritts '08 in 2006 and Stallings and Katrina Wiechmann '09 in 2007.

Cohen and her students' work has been published in the journal Didaskalia . This is the second academic conference at which she's presented the masks.

Brittany Stallings shows a completed mold for a Greek theatre mask.