Trained as a philologist, C.W. (Toph) Marshall seeks to extend the boundaries of traditional classical research into theatre and modern media studies. His work on ancient performance has led to several articles and two books: The Stagecraft and Production of Roman Comedy (2006) provided the first synthesis of Roman stagecraft in fifty years; Structure and Performance in Euripides’ Helen (forthcoming 2014) finds new evidence for the study of Greek tragedy in performance, focusing on elements of dramatic structure and directorial decisions. The examination of actors, masks, and improvisation drew on his previous work on Greek tragedy and comedy, and also on his experience as a performer and director.
He has also co-edited several collections on 21st century American television and comics: with Tiffany Potter, Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica (2008) and The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television (2009); with George Kovacs, Classics and Comics (2011), No Laughing Matter: Studies in Athenian Comedy (2012), and Son of Classics and Comics (forthcoming 2015). His research has been generously supported by SSHRC over the years.