My research focuses on contemporary storytelling practices, spoken-word performance, Greek tragedy and classical receptions, and performer training. My most recent monograph, Contemporary Storytelling Performance (Routledge, 2023), explores new collaborative platforms for story-led performance, and celebrates female storytelling artists as innovators in interdisciplinary creativity.


  • PhD Drama (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • MA English: Writing and Performance (University of York)

  • BA (Hons) English Literature and History (University of York)

Other Publications



Journal Articles:


  • Harrop, S. (2020) ‘Herakles on Chesil Bank: The Archers, Disavowable Classicism, and The Small Back Room‘, in Blanshard, A.J.L and Stafford, E. (eds) The Modern Hercules: Images of the Hero from the Nineteenth to the Early Twenty-First Century. Leiden: Brill (333-350).

  • Harrop, S. (2018) ‘Unfixing Epic: Homeric Orality and Contemporary Performance’, in Macintosh, F., McConnell, J., Harrison, S. and Kenward, C. (eds) Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: OUP (262-274).

  • Harrop, S. (2018) ‘”It Happens in Ballads”: Scotland, Utopia, and Traditional Song in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart‘, in McKerrell, S. and West, G. (eds) Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy. Abingdon: Routledge (109-121).

  • Harrop, S. (2017). ‘Staging a Transforming Great Britain: Tamlane, the Social Turn, and the 2014 Referendum’, in Monros-Gaspar, L. (ed.), Re-Thinking Literary Identities: Great Britain, Europe and Beyond. Valencia: Valencia University Press (41-60).

  •  Harrop, S. (2010). ‘Physical Performance and the Languages of Translation’ in Hall, E. and Harrop, S. (eds), Theorising Performance: Greek Drama, Cultural History and Critical Practice. London: Duckworth (232-240).

Other Publications:


  • Harrop, S. (2021). ‘Frankenstein and its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to Science Fiction, ed. Jesse Weiner, Benjamin Eldon Stevens, and Brett M. Rogers’. Journal of Hellenic Studies 141 (69).

  • Harrop, S. (2016). ‘Euripides and the Politics of Form, by Victoria Wohl’. Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics 23.3 (137-144).                                             

  • Harrop, S. (2015). ‘The Politics of Adaptation: Contemporary African Drama and Greek Tragedy, by Astrid Van Weyenberg’. New Theatre Quarterly 31.1 (95).

  • Harrop, S. (2013). ‘Becoming an Actor, by Thomasina Unsworth’, Stanislavski Studies 3 (301-305).

  • Harrop, S. (2013). Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends, ed. Verna E. Foster’, Comparative Drama 47.2 (268-271).

  • Harrop, S. (2009). ‘Reasoning Madness: The Reception and Performance of Euripides’ Herakles, by Kathleen Riley’, Platform E-Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts Spring (113-116).

Blog Posts


    • The Higher Education Academy (Senior Fellow)

    • The Theatre and Performance Research Association, TaPRA (Prizes Sub-Committee; Postgraduate Essay Prize Coach)

    • The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford (Research Associate)

    • The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (External Associate)

    • Classical Reception Studies Network

    • The Women’s Classical Committee UK (Steering Committee)

    • Equity (UK)

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