Deborah Warner CBE has been named as the 27th Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University, succeeding Sir Tom Stoppard.
The renowned theatre and opera director will take up the post – which has previously been held by actors, writers, directors, and producers including Arthur Miller, Alan Ayckbourn, Richard Eyre, Stephen Sondheim, Phyllida Lloyd, Richard Attenborough, Nicholas Hytner, Ian McKellen, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Tom Stoppard – in January 2019.
The Chair of Contemporary Theatre, founded through a grant from the Mackintosh Foundation at St Catherine’s College, aims to promote interest in, and the study and practice of, contemporary theatre.
Deborah said: “I am delighted and honoured to follow such an illustrious list of chair-holders, and take up the 2019 Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford. At a moment of such change and uncertainty in Britain and beyond, the nurture and encouragement of future generations of theatre-makers seems more important than ever. I look forward to working closely with the students, offering what benefit I may from my experience across the disciplines of theatre, opera and installation. My own involvement in theatre began in Oxford, so it is with particular pleasure I return to this wonderful city and great University.”
Professor Roger Ainsworth, Master of St Catherine’s College, said: “We are extremely excited to know that Deborah Warner will be arriving as our new Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre in January. Her breadth of stellar directing will be of immense interest to our community, and a great help to the student population.”
Cameron Mackintosh said “Having hoped for many years that Deborah Warner would be available to accept the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s, I’m delighted that she is now able to be our 27th Professor. Deborah continues a long line of distinguished directors who have held this post. Her memorable early work at the Royal Shakespeare Company and then the National Theatre established her as an innovative reinventor of the classics and, more recently, her extensive directing work in opera houses all over the world brings a new dimension to this Chair.”
View the full announcement on the Oxford University website.