Renowned arts scholar takes lead role at Melbourne Victorian College of the Arts

31 January 2014

Internationally recognized performing arts scholar Mary Luckhurst will take up a position as Professor of Creative Practice and Artistic Research at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM), in a major research appointment at the University of Melbourne.

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Professor Luckhurst is the UK’s highest profile practitioner-scholar, a pioneer in applied research and the PhD in Creative and Professional Practice, a theatre writer and director well known for her championing of creative writing within higher education, and the author of 10 academic books on theatre.
The appointment supports the university’s major research initiative in the Creative and Performing Arts, based at the VCA & MCM, including more innovation and collaboration.
Beginning in March 2014, Professor Luckhurst will provide research leadership and mentoring for the VCA’s emerging research program including the newly formed research clusters and develop international research collaborations.
Director of the Victorian College of the Arts Professor Su Baker said Professor Luckhurst was uniquely qualified to provide transformative leadership at the VCA & MCM.
“Professor Luckhurst brings a great depth of experience and innovation in the area of performing arts. We are delighted to have someone of such calibre joining the research leadership team at VCA & MCM,” she said.
“This is a wonderful appointment for the VCA that will strengthen the VCA’s research according to the university’s Grand Challenges framework.”
Professor Luckhurst said she was looking forward to leading creative practice and artistic research at the VCA, and more broadly, across the Faculty of the VCA & MCM.
The high-profile research leader was awarded the title of International Scholar by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK in 2012 and named one of the UK’s 50 most inspiring Higher Education teachers and researchers in 2006.

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