UK performing arts scholar appointed to VCA and MCM

February 14 / 128

Internationally recognised performing arts scholar, Mary Luckhurst, has been appointed Professor of Creative Practice and Artistic Research at the Faculty of the VCA & MCM.

Professor Luckhurst is the UK’s highest profile practitioner-scholar, a pioneer in applied research, a theatre writer and director and the author of ten academic books on theatre.

The appointment supports the University’s major research initiative in the Creative and Performing Arts, based at the VCA and MCM, including more innovation and collaboration.

Beginning in March 2014, Professor Luckhurst will provide research leadership and mentoring for the VCA’s emerging research program including the newly formed research clusters and develop international research collaborations.

Director of the VCA Professor Su Baker said Professor Luckhurst was uniquely qualified to provide transformative leadership at the VCA and MCM.

“Professor Luckhurst brings a great depth of experience and innovation in the area of performing arts. We are delighted to have someone of such calibre joining the research leadership team at VCA and MCM,” she said.  

The high profile research leader was awarded the title of ‘International Scholar’ by the Higher Education Academy  in the UK in 2012 and named one of the UK’s 50 most inspiring higher education teachers and researchers in 2006.

Professor Luckhurst said she was looking forward to leading creative practice and artistic research at the VCA and  MCM.



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