Michael Boyd was Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2002-12, where his productions included the twenty four hour RSC Histories Cycle, described by The Guardian as “One of the great events of modern theatre”, and “the best I have seen in 30 years” by The Telegraph. As Artistic Director he led the £112 million reconstruction of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, as well as commissioning and producing the Complete Works Festival 2006-7, the World Shakespeare Festival for the London Olympics 2012, and Matilda the Musical. He took a repertoire of 7 Shakespeare plays to the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, New York, in 2011. Prior to joining the RSC, he was founding Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow from 1985-96, where his productions included Ted Hughes’ Crow, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing (also Royal Court and World Stage Festival, Toronto), and several works by the Québécois playwright Michel Tremblay. In 2014/15 he staged both parts of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine in New York (Obie, Drama Desk, and Drama League Awards), and made his Royal Opera debut with Monteverdi’s ORFEO at the Roundhouse (nominated, Outstanding Achievement in Opera, Oliviers) His work has won many UK and international awards, including four Oliviers, and he was knighted for services to drama in 2012.
He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, and the Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College.