ProfessorMichael Thomas Earley


Professor Michael Thomas Earley

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
  • PhD Study in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Criticism, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York
  • BA in English and Dramatic Literature, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Prior to joining LASALLE, Professor Earley led Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Sidcup, London, as the Professor of Drama, Principal and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2017. His special areas of interest are acting Shakespeare, contemporary playwriting and performance practice. He was previously Professor of Drama and Head of the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, and Producing Director of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) – both projects of which he inaugurated at the University of Lincoln (UK).

An American by birth, Professor Earley had an extensive career in the United States as a teacher, writer and dramaturg for professional theatre companies. He was Assistant Professor and Director of the undergraduate Theatre Studies Program at Yale University, and also part of the Drama Faculty at the Juilliard School, where he was first director of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program. He has further taught on both the postgraduate Performance Studies and undergraduate Theatre programmes at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Outside of academia, Professor Earley has worked as Editorial and Publishing Director of Methuen Drama publishers in London, and was Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama, where he directed over 50 productions for broadcast over Radio 3 and Radio 4. Professor Earley continues to direct an International Summer School in Arts Management for Chinese students. Presented at Regent's University London and in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, the Summer programme delivers practical training in production, stage and venue administration.

He frequently works in China to develop new partnerships that fuse Eastern and Western approaches to theatre training and arts education.

Professional Practice/Research Output

Publications (selected)

2019 (Forthcoming): How To Act Shakespeare, Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press, China

Conferences/Presentations (selected)

Recent guest lectures and presented workshops at Peking University, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the University of Nottingham Ningbo.

Research Interests
  • Theatre History, Theory and Dramatic Literature
  • Actor Training
  • Dramaturgy
  • Playwriting
  • Arts Management