Michael Earley has been appointed as the new Principal and Chief Executive of Rose Bruford College. His career in America and the UK has encompassed academic and conservatoire training alongside work in professional theatre, broadcasting and publishing. Michael says: "I am excited about returning to London to lead Rose Bruford College, an institution I have always thought to be among the best of its kind in the world. I look forward to working closely with the talents of its board, staff and students and leading Rose Bruford College into a new era that combines the best in undergraduate and post-graduate higher education with the specialisms of theatre and drama."
Michael comes to Rose Bruford College from the University of Lincoln where he has been Professor of Drama, Head of the recently formed Lincoln School of Performing Arts and Producing Director of the new £6 million Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. He was previously Publishing Director of Methuen Drama Publishing and before that Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama. At Methuen he published such authors as Peter Brook, Arthur Miller, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Patrick Marber, Anthony Minghella, Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Patsy Rodenburg among many others. At the BBC he produced and directed over fifty plays and programmes for Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Living and working in Britain since 1990, Michael Earley began his career in the United States as Director of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program in the Drama Faculty at the Julliard School. In 1981 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University and in 1982 was appointed Chairman of the Theatre Studies Program and Assistant Professor of English Literature at Yale University. In 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the American Center in London and between 1987 and 1989 he was Series Editor of Applause Theatre Books. He also worked as a theatre critic, dramaturg and stage director in New York City. He is currently writing a critical biography of the British theatrical innovator Edward Gordon Craig, and also a book about the charismatic actor.