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Ian Rickson appointed Honorary Professor for Drama and Theatre Studies

Ian Rickson, one of the most distinguished directors in contemporary British theatre, has been appointed Honorary Professor for Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent's School of Arts.

After working as associate director under Stephen Daldry at the Royal Court, Ian Rickson took over as artistic director from 1997 to 2007, where he discovered new playwrights such as Sarah Kane, Conor McPherson, Simon Stephens, Jez Butterworth and Debbie Tucker Green. He has also worked at the National Theatre, the Almeida Theatre and on Broadway. His credits include the internationally successful productions of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook (London 2007, New York 2008), and Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, starring Mary Louise Parker (New York 2009). He has also directed works by Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett.

Ian Rickson, now working internationally as a freelance director, has been associated with the School for the past two years, contributing across the curriculum on undergraduate and Master's level modules such as European Naturalism (Stage 2), British Theatre (Stage 3) and Directing (Stage 4). He has previously participated in research activities of the European Theatre Research Network, mainly in relation to the School's close co-operation with the Moscow Arts Theatre School, and its joint research projects on traditions of theatre training.

Dr Karl Leydecker, Dean of the University's Faculty of Humanities, said: 'Ian Rickson's appointment will add great prestige to the programmes we offer in our Drama and Theatre Studies Department. His ongoing association with the University offers us valuable experience and mutual opportunities in teaching and research.'

Dr Jonathan Friday, Head of the School of Arts, added: 'This is a coup for the Drama and Theatre Studies Department, and will provide fantastic opportunities for students to be taught by one of the leading theatre directors.'

The School of Arts at the University of Kent has a national and international reputation for its dynamism and innovation in teaching and research, reflected in the distinctiveness of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and the quality and impact of staff research outcomes.

In 2010, the School will relocate to a dedicated new flagship building on the Canterbury campus with a range of new facilities, including a postgraduate centre, drama studios, a film studio, editing suite and social spaces.



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Story published at 11:41am 3 June 2009

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