20th January 2005




The inherent and learned origins of acting ability will be highlighted in the next Lincoln Academy inaugural lecture next month.


Michael Earley is Professor of Drama and English at the University of Lincoln, where he is subject leader for the new Drama programme. He will deliver a lecture entitled ‘The Charismatic Actor: Nature or Nurture?’ on Tuesday 15th February.


The lecture promises to take the audience into the often maligned and much misunderstood world of acting and will discuss whether great acting is taught and developed through training and mentoring, or if it derives from a natural, inherent and inevitable talent which no amount of training can either enhance or inhibit.


Professor Earley has extensive experience in the field of drama and has worked with several professional theatre companies in the US as a literary manager, dramaturge and stage director.


He has also taught acting, directing, playwriting, dramatic literature and theatre history at numerous institutions including Yale University.


He has also worked with a host of renowned actors, writers and directors including Arthur Miller, Anthony Minghella, Dario Fo, Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Zoe Wanamaker, Trevor Nunn and Richard Eyre.


The lecture will take place at 6pm in the AR0107 lecture theatre in the university’s Architecture building, with registration and refreshments available from 5.30pm.


Admission is free and no prior knowledge of the subject material is required before attending. For more information or to book a place, contact Faith Cobaine on (01522) 886626 or email fcobaine@lincoln.ac.uk.



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