15th January 2003




Undergraduates at the University of Lincoln will be treading the boards from September 2003 as students on a new and innovative drama degree course.


American theatre expert Professor Michael Earley has been recruited to lead the course, which will be based in the new performance facilities currently being developed in the £10 million Architecture, Media and Communications building at Brayford Pool.


Professor Earley and his team are mapping out a three-year degree which will train students in all aspects of performance for stage, screen, television and radio together with a broad research curriculum which gives equal emphasis to dramatic literature and the intellectual history of the theatre.


“Drama at Lincoln represents a bold step for the university and is a natural extension of our broad commitment to other areas of the humanities, arts and media,” said Professor Earley, who was formerly publisher at Methuen Drama Publishers in London and chief producer of plays for BBC Radio Drama.


“Our aim is to deliver something unique: a mixture of lively conservatory training and intellectually challenging university study based on research and writing,” he said.


“The programme will grow and flourish to meet the needs of the talent we expect to attract. The passions that a new drama programme arouses will make Lincoln a heady place to be around over the coming years.”


Professor Earley headed up the undergraduate Theatre Studies course at Yale University and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate acting, literature and playwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of Art and at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music and Drama.


As a publisher and theatre practitioner Earley has worked with scores of well known writers and artists including Arthur Miller, Peter Brook, Caryl Churchill, Anthony Minghella, David Mamet, Wole Soyinka and Dario Fo.


Joining Professor Earley to teach the new programme will be Dr Sandie Byrne, a Reader in English and Drama who gained a PhD in English at Oxford and who has taught English at Oxford University for the last nine years.


Students interested in applying for the Drama degree should contact Karen Raynes in the Faculty of Media and Communications on 01522 886431.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincoln           

Tel: 01522 886042            email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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