Leading Voices Series presents Iqbal Khan

Posted at 12:49 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 12:49:43-05

With a long list of theatrical productions to his credit, acclaimed director Iqbal Khan will speak with students and faculty and present a public lecture titled, “The Creative Process of Directing: From Shakespeare to Opera and Beyond,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre as part of the College of Arts & Letters Leading Voices Series.

Khan’s most recent directorial pursuit was an innovative and successful production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” which ran June 18-Oct. 1 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

And he recently collaborated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Shakespeare at the Bowl, which combined Shakespearean scenes with music inspired by the plays, performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles.

Born in Birmingham, England, to Pakistani immigrant parents, Khan studied at Cambridge University and Imperial College, London, before choosing the theater as his career. He launched his career as an actor, playing in productions of “Othello,” “The Tempest,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Soon after, he found his niche in directing and began collaborating with Lecester Haymarket and the National Theatre Studio. His many credits include a diverse range of productions from Shakespeare to the plays of Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller, including some operas.

In addition to his Wharton public talk, Khan will be doing several workshops with students in the Department of Theater, MFA Collaboration Studio and visiting classes in the Department of English.

From 3 to 5 p.m.  Nov. 17 at Wells Hall, B310, Khan will present another talk, “The Creative Art of Directing: Conversations with the Director, Iqbal Khan,” sponsored by the Department of English. All MSU students and faculty are welcome.

For tickets to the Nov. 14 lecture, see the Wharton Center website. MSU students, faculty and staff are free with an MSU ID. This offer is available only at the ticket office, and there is a two-ticket maximum per MSU ID.