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Hugh DenardDr. Hugh Denard

Assistant Professor in Digital Arts and Humanities

I studied Drama and Classical Civilization at Trinity, followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Exeter. I lectured in the School of Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick and the Department of Digital Humanities at Kings College London before coming to Trinity in January 2013. I have been granted a three-year leave from Kings College London to enable me to take up this post at Trinity.

Research Interests

My classical research interests span ancient drama, the theatricality of life and art in Greece and Rome, and modern performances and adaptations of ancient drama. As a theatre historian, I am also currently investigating the ‘lost’ theatres of early 20th-century Dublin (see, for example, my preliminary study of the old Abbey Theatre: A central focus of my research to date has been on how digital visualisation tools and methods, including 3d modelling and Virtual Worlds technologies, can affect different aspects of practice in the arts and humanities, as well as in the cultural heritage sector. I have also become increasingly interested by questions about how we might forge new relationships between different forms of creative practice and humanities research (e.g. my 2010 collaboration with UK artist Michael Takeo Magruder: I initiated, and coordinate, the London Charter for the Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage (, which provides internationally-recognised principles that support the intellectual and ethical integrity of such work, and have co-directed numerous funded projects, funded by bodies including: the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England; British Council-Italian Ministry of Research, Eduserv Foundation, EU, Joint Information Systems Committee; Leverhulme Trust and the Metropolitan Museum of Art  (see These have included major research projects on Roman theatres, houses and villas and frescoes, on ancient theatre masks and performance, and on the use of Virtual Worlds to stimulate and support innovative approaches to teaching and learning. I am currently part of an international, Mellon-funded consortium exploring the use of Virtual Worlds in humanities research.

Selected Publications

  • “Remixing History: Michael Takeo Magruder and the Art of Remaking” in Michael Takeo Magruder: (RE)MEDIATION_S 2000-2010 (Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, 2012), 100-103.
  • (with R. Beacham, D. Baker & M. Blazeby) “The Digital Visualisation of the Villa at Boscoreale” in Proceedings of Colloquium: Les fresques romaines de Boscoreale: perspectives actualles, Musée Royal de Mariemont, April 2010 (forthcoming: 2013)
  • “Ecologies of Research and Performance: preservation challenges in the London Charter” in The Preservation of Complex Objects (Volume 1): Visualisations and Simulations. Eds. D. Anderson, J. Delve, M. Dobrerva, D. Baker, C. Billenness, L. Konstantelos (University of Portsmouth, 2012), 87-102.
  • (co-edited with A. Bentkowska-Kafel & D. Baker) Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series. (Ashgate, 2012)
  • “A New Introduction to the London Charter” in A. Bentkowska Kafel, D. Baker and H. Denard (Eds.) Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities Series. (Ashgate, 2012), 57-71
  • (with Enrica Salvatori & Maria Simi) “Learning by building in Second Life: reflections on interdisciplinary and international experiences” in Giovanni Vincenti & James Braman (eds) Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds (IGI Global, 2011), 134-158
  • (with R. Beacham and D. Baker) “Virtual Presence and the Mind’s Eye in 3-D Online Communities” in F. Remondino and S. El-Hakim (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop of 3D-ARCH: 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures, 2-5 March 2011, Trento, Italy, International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences Vol. 38-5/W16, 2011.
  • The Abbey Theatre, 1904: digitally reconstructing Dublin’s original Abbey Theatre Jan-April 2011.
  • S H I F T (Initiator; Producer), a live, multimedia performance in which contemporary Irish sound and video artists, actors and musicians, created a live, improvisatory response to the 1907 Playboy of the Western World riots and the digital model created by the Abbey Theatre, 1904 Project. Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, April 2011
  • Vanishing Point(s) artwork with Michael Takeo Magruder, Great Hall, King’s Building, KCL, July 2010.
  • "Seamus Heaney, Colonialism, and the Cure: Sophoclean Re-visions." in Bloom, Harold and Hobby, Blake (eds.) Exploration and Colonization, Bloom’s Literary Themes (New York: Infobase Publishing, 2010), 31-56.
  • The London Charter for the Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage (2009)
  • “Lost Theatre and Performance Traditions in Greece and Italy” Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre Eds. J. Michael Walton and Marianne McDonald (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 139-160
  • Virtual Exhibition (Curator), presenting the activities of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London. Launched DRHA, Dartington, Sept. 2007.
  • “Roman Theatre and Frescos: Intermedial Research Through Applied Digital Visualisation Technologies” Co-author: Richard Beacham, with Martin Blazeby in Hal Thwaites (ed.) Virtual Reality at Work in the 21st Century: Impact on Society. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on VSMM (Archaeolingua 2005), 223-233
  • “'At the foot of Pompey’s Statue': Reconceiving 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
  • Introduction and Appendix to Aeschylus Complete Plays Volume 1 tran. Carl Mueller (Hanover NH: Smith and Kraus, 2002) 1-49; 283-300. Reviewed in Performing Arts Journal 75 (2003) 118-126
  • The Skenographia Project: Investigating Roman Wall Paintings Through Digital Visualisation (Co-Editor and Contributor), 2003 to date
  • Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today (Editor-in-Chief, 2001-07; Resources Editor, 2008-10)


In the Department of Classics, I offer a Masters module called “Drama, Adaptation, Performance”, which explores the influence that Greek and Roman drama have exercised on modern drama and performance. For the MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, I teach: ”Theory and Practice of Digital Humanities”, and two modules which are also open, subject to availability, to taught Masters students in the Classics Department: “Visualising the Past” and “Heritage Visualisation in Action”. I am always delighted when invited to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate modules on theatre and performance in the ancient world.

Dr. Denard on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of Classics,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.
Telephone: 00 353 1 8963193
Fax: 00 353 1 6710862

Last updated 10 July 2013