Dr. Tony Haigh becomes Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London
Professor of Dramatic Arts Anthony Haigh is known for many things around campus. The incoming students know him as one of the Opening Convocation speakers who gave a candid and expressive speech on making the most of their time at Centre. Upper classmen know him as the director of campus productions like “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “After Orpheus,” which traveled to the Edinburgh International Festival last summer. To his already storied career as an actor, director and professor, Dr. Haigh adds yet another honor and accolade: becoming a Fellow of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London.
Rose Bruford is one of England’s top drama schools, voted #1 drama institution by the National Student Survey in 2013. It also boasts a robust international program and a fierce dedication to innovation and collaboration. Haigh graduated from Rose Bruford in 1969, taught and directed there during his most recent sabbatical and, in the last few years, developed an exchange program with Centre. This semester, three Rose Bruford students are currently on campus, and two Centre students will be heading to Rose Bruford for spring semester 2014.
“As far as I’m aware, it’s the only subject-specific exchange program at Centre,” says Haigh. “It gives our students the opportunity to explore a conservatory setting and their students the chance to see what a liberal arts education is all about.”
Haigh traveled to London on September 13 to attend the Rose Bruford graduation ceremony and accept the Fellowship.
“This was a special moment for me because my father—now 98—was able to attend,” Haigh explains. “He was never able to attend any of my graduations, so this was very special for both of us.”
Becoming a Fellow of Rose Bruford is not easy—faculty members nominate candidates, who are vetted by the Principal (or President) of the College, senior staff and the board of trustees.
Two other honorees and Rose Bruford graduates attended the ceremony: Michelle Magorian, an award-winning author and actress, and Stephen Boxer, an internationally-known actor currently playing Titus at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Program Director of American Theatre Arts Steven Dykes was the faculty member who nominated Haigh, and his nomination address highlighted Haigh’s unique contributions to the academic life of Rose Bruford.
“Tony was one of the generation of young men and women from working class and regional backgrounds who helped change the landscape of education in this country in the 1950s and 60s,” Dykes said.
“The exciting development of the college’s international links and associations in the past decade has been fueled by the likes of Tony, who has given over a great deal of his personal time (indeed his own home) to accommodate Rose Bruford students at Centre College,” he continued. “He has brought his Trans-Atlantic perspective to the American Theatre Arts and MA Theatre Practices programs here—and regularly brings over American students on a grand tour of British regional theatres, ensuring that for them, too, theatre is not limited to a London-centric focus.”
Dykes closed by saying, “I can think of no better advocate for the college in the United States, no firmer friend of the college and few prouder graduates, and so, Chair of Governors, I therefore present Anthony Haigh for admission as a Fellow of Rose Bruford College.”
By Mariel Smith