Mary Luckhurst

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Mary Luckhurst is Professor in Modern Drama at the University of York. She is also a playwright and director.


Luckhurst was educated at New Hall, Cambridge, reading French and German, and the London School of Economics. In the 1980s she was in Cambridge running a ground-breaking new-writing group, Playwrights in Anglia, and worked as a playwright, director, producer and dramaturg. In the early 1990s she was appointed Lecturer in Drama and Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, where a teaching partnership with John Singleton produced the Creative Writing Handbook (Palgrave 1996; 2nd ed. 2000). She returned to Cambridge to complete doctoral studies under Peter Holland and Anne Barton.

Appointed Lecturer in Drama at the University of York in 1998, Luckhurst founded the Writing and Performance initiative with and together they created the nationally recognised BA in Writing, Directing and Performance and the MA in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance. Both degree programmes offer students the chance to develop as both researchers and theatre practitioners.

A string of publications, beginning with co-edited volumes of interviews with actors and directors that put theatre-makers at the centre of academic enquiry, and expanding through combative essays on individual dramatists and an edited collection on theatre and celebrity, culminated in 2005–2006 in publication of her doctoral monograph and editorship of the new Blackwell Companion to......
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