Transylvania University hires former Actors Theatre of Louisville official

Transylvania University has hired former Actors Theatre of Louisville literary manager Michael Bigelow Dixon as an assistant professor of theater beginning with this year’s fall semester.

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Dixon was the literary manager of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 1986 to 2001 and associate artistic director in his final year. The post made Dixon one of the key players in the Humana Festival of New American Plays with festival founder Jon Jory during years when plays such as Tony Kushner’s Slavs!, Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare and Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends premiered.

In 2001, Dixon left Actors Theatre to become literary manager of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, where he worked until 2007. He has since been the resident director of The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and then an assistant professor of theater at Goucher College in Baltimore since 2009.

Dixon is also a director, playwright, author and editor, his best-known work being Anne Bogart: Viewpoints, which looks at the methodology of the iconic director of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute.

Dixon will bring the number of Actors Theatre veterans at Transy to two, with former Apprentice/Intern Program director Sullivan Canaday White already on the faculty as director of the theater program. White is also a co-director of Project SEE Theatre. Dixon’s hiring follows Transy’s announcement earlier this year that it hired acclaimed poet Maurice Manning as an English professor.

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