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Professor Michael Barclay

Director of Performance and Theatre Arts & Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts.

Professor Michael Barclay

Professor Michael Barclay


Professor Barclay holds degrees from the University of Natal, the University of Cape Town, and Royal Holloway, University of London, where he obtained his doctoral degree, which was on the theatrical designs of Charles Ricketts, who was a collaborator of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and W .B. Yeats.  Professor Barclay has built extensive links with the Education Department at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and has developed a number of courses at the Globe enabling Richmond Performance and Theatre Arts students to study at this exciting venue.

Professor Barclay has directed and acted in a very wide range of productions both in the United Kingdom and abroad with a special focus on Ancient Greek drama, Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama, French Classical drama, 19th Century European dramatists such as Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekov and August Strindberg.  He has also directed many productions by great 20th century French dramatists such as Jean Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau, Jean Anouilh and modern British Dramatists such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer ,Howard Barker and Howard Brenton.

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I teach on:
Performance and Theatre Arts
Certificate in British Studies

Some of the courses I teach:
THR 3100 – Foundations of the Performing Arts
THR 5205 – Modern Drama
THR 6205 – Contemp Brit Theatre: Lost Boys Bad Girls
THR 4100 – Beginning Directing
THR 5100 – World Theatre

Research Interest & Expertise:

Dr. Barclay has published on the Stage designers and practioners such as Edward Gordon Craig, Charles Ricketts and Oscar Wilde and on their collaborator Charles Shannon. He has contributed to exhibitions of these artists work in the United Kingdom and abroad. He lectures extensively at many prestigious Museums and Galleries on his period of specialization which is British Theatre and Design 1890 -1930.