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Luke’s work as a theatre director has embraced Love and the Revolution with the Berliner Ensemble, The Golem with Theater Brostowska in Prague and Bratislava, Age of the Saints in Dublin, the British tour of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, UK productions of Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair and the musicals Blood BrothersJesus Christ Superstar and Oliver, and in London the devised site specific pieces Singing the Body Electric (Serpentine Gallery) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Marylebone Station). He has also worked widely in the world of contemporary burlesque.

Recent work has included Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens’ Blue Wedding in Oxford, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in South Africa, Sweetness & Light in London and Colchester and A Summer of Ecosex in France and England. He is currently working on CORPUS - writings on the human body.

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His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, included all-female versions of Macbeth and Hamlet, cross-dressed Duke Bluebeard’s CastleA Midsummer Night’s DreamTwelfth Night and As You Like It, and an erotic celebration of Anita Berber in Triumphant Desire. These productions have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK.

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Luke’s academic and teaching work has included Senior Lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, Visiting Lecturer at UFRGE (University of Porto Alegre) Brazil, Dalhousie University Canada, Institute of American Indian Arts and the College of Santa Fe in the US. He has led residencies at The Banff Centre Canada, run workshops around the world and taught widely in the London drama schools and colleges. He teaches regularly at London’s Actors Centre.

 

Publishes regularly on performance, and was for some years a contributing editor to the journal Performance. Luke’s book, PLAY-ACTING, a guide to theatre workshops is published by Methuen in the UK and by Routledge in the US and is a widely used text in drama schools. His four Good Audition Guides to Shakespeare are published by Nick Hern Books, and his Creating Solo Performance (with Sean Bruno) is published by Routledge.

 

Luke is internationally known for his innovative performance workshops. From 2002 to 2009 Luke was Artistic Director of the International Workshop Festival bringing leading theatre practitioners from around the world to the UK to run workshops, give performances and demonstrations and create work. Highlights of recent festivals have included Kwoto, a group of young actors from the Displaced Peoples Camps of Khartoum; Falos & Stercus, the Brazilian fetish circus; and from Finland, the fire performance collective Flamma.

 

Luke’s Doctorate is in ‘The Performance of Gender’. Current practice and research interests include the performer’s relationship with space, eroticism and performance, and the psychology of acting.