Professor Steve Dixon
Professor Steve Dixon is a world-renowned academic, researcher and interdisciplinary artist with a distinguished career in both higher education leadership and the professional creative industries. He became President of LASALLE College of the Arts in 2012, and has an accomplished record as a strategic and visionary leader. Prior to LASALLE he held positions as Pro-Vice Chancellor at Brunel University, London (and was formerly Head of the School of Arts), and as Head of Performance at the University of Salford.
After graduating with a drama degree from Manchester University in 1977, Professor Dixon became an actor and worked in theatre, film and television with many of the UK’s leading directors including Steven Berkoff, Michael Blakemore, and two former directors of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner and Richard Eyre. He went on to become a successful theatre director and opera producer, before turning his attentions to directing film, video and digital media. He has produced and directed movies, television series and CD-ROMs for which he has won national and international awards.
Since becoming an academic in 1991, Prof Dixon has continued to direct and perform, particularly with his own company The Chameleons Group (established 1994) which tours internationally with spectacular multimedia theatre performances. He has also directed interactive Internet performances. His recent practice includes collaborations with actor Rik Mayall, with media artist Paul Sermon, and a one-man multimedia theatre interpretation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, which he has performed in Asia, USA and Brazil.
RESEARCH PROFILE AND ADVISORY POSITIONS
Professor Dixon is an internationally renowned researcher in the use of media and computer technologies in the performing arts. He was co-director of the Digital Performance Archive, which established the largest online database in the field, and is co-founder and Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (published by Routledge). His 800-page book Digital Performance (MIT Press) is the most comprehensive study to date, providing a detailed history and analysis of the field and proposing new theoretical arguments. It won international book awards including the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts. He has published fifty journal articles and book chapters on subjects including theatre studies, visual arts, film theory, robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and pedagogy.
He has delivered 20 conference keynote speeches, and has been invited to undertake residencies that combine lectures with practical workshops at prestigious universities including Stanford and Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, Beijing Film Academy in China, KAIST in South Korea, Bayreuth in Germany, Paris Sorbonne in France and Adam Mickiewicz in Poland. He has presented research lectures at the UK Universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Kings College London.
Professor Dixon has been an Arts and Humanities Research Council panel member, responsible for the distribution of UK research funding for Music and Performing Arts (2006-10), and has worked in advisory capacities for the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Arts Council of England, and the UK Parliament. He holds a higher Doctorate (Doctor of Letters) and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce).
Professor Dixon is married to Prue Dixon, a fine artist, and they have three daughters who are all involved in the arts. They have two young grandsons whom they hope will follow in the family footsteps.