Staff Profile: Steven Dykes

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  • Steven Dykes

  • Position:

    Programme Director, American Theatre Arts

  • Teaching Area:

    American Theatre Arts

  • Qualifications:

    BA (Hons) Drama and English

  • Memberships:

    Full member of British Actors' Equity Association.

    Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

  • Professional Practice:

    Writing: ‘Glockenspiel’, Tristan Bates Theatre, London. Produced by Old Sole Theatre (2017); ‘Homestead’, Tristan Bates Theatre, London. Produced by Old Sole Theatre (2016); 'Territories', produced by PTP/NYC at the Atlantic Theatre stage II (2011); 'The Spoils' (with Paul Englishby), (simultaneous performance for live and online audiences) (2009).

    Directing: ‘The Spoils’, Shady Dolls Theatre & Rave Media, simultaneous live and on-line broadcast (2011); ‘The Spoils’, Shady Dolls Theatre Company, Sala El Granero Theatre, Cuenca, Spain and Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, London (2010); ‘Deadstock’, Shady Dolls Theatre Company / NXT, Barn Theatre, Sidcup (2008); 'The Swing Left', Unlimited Theatre, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford (2007); 'The Spoils', Shady Dolls Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival (2007).


Steven Dykes is a lecturer, actor, director and playwright. He has been the Programme Director of Rose Bruford College's unique American Theatre Arts BA Honours programme since its inception in 2000.

In 2017, he was the recipient of the Keith Hutton Bursary for Performing and Creative Arts, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Educatorsin recognition of teaching excellence. A graduate of University of London, Goldsmiths College, Steven has been associated with the college for over twenty five years, and is currently an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance. He is also a guest lecturer and coordinator for courses on the London programmes of St Mary’s University (Minnesota) and Centre College (Kentucky). Other work with American universities includes visiting lectureships at the University of Wisconsin and Concordia College, Minnesota; and on New York University’s London programme.

His credits as an actor include touring with Howard Barker’s The Wrestling School, leading roles at the Young Vic, Gate and Arcola theatres and regular work with the BBC, Thames and Granada Television (Eastenders, Casualty, Dalziel and Pascoe, Judge John Deeds, Emmerdale, The Bill and This Is Personal). He has played numerous leading roles with the acclaimed PTP/NYC company at Atlantic Theatre's Stage II in New York, including the American premieres of Howard Barker's VICTORY and PITY IN HISTORY. His work as a playwright includes Homestead and Deadstock (Shady Dolls, London); a light gathering of dust (NXT, Edinburgh & Olney Theatre, Maryland); Kolonists (Bridge Lane, London & the Pelican Studio, New York); The Happiness Compartment (Soho Rep, New York and Greenwich Playhouse, London); Glockenspiel (Tristan Bates Theatre, London and Columbia College, Chicago); and The Swing Left (Unlimited Theatre, Oxford & Leeds). He has provided English versions of the Estonian play Cold Come, Cranes Gone (Bridge Lane, London and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh) and Leoncavallo’s La Bohème for the English National Opera (Coliseum).

Steven has worked extensively in the United States, as an Associate Artist with The Theatre Exchange, Minneapolis in the 1990s; as a collaborator with Julia Carey’s Theater M in New York (1996-99); and in a long association with the PTP/NYC (2000 to present), who produced his plays The Spoils and a light gathering of dust in a double-bill entitled TERRITORIES at New York’s Atlantic Theatre Stage II in the summer of 2011.

Visit Steven's website at  


Journal Article: Strange Fruit, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in the Deep South, Stanislavski Studies,Volume 4 Issue 2, 185-203, 2016, published by Taylor & Francis (London).

Contribution to Journal Article by Professor Nesta Jones: Considering Kolonists, Stanislavski Studies, Volume 4 Issue 1, 13-24, 2016,  published by Taylor & Francis (London). For this piece Professor Jones contextualised and edited material generated from an extensive interview and further conversations with me, the author of Kolonists.

Co-creator of website archiving sixteen of my plays, production history, critical response/ reviews and dramaturgical context (live since August 2016)

La Bohème -Translation of Libretto - ENO, London, 2000.