A key role within the theatrical life of the College is the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. The post is a University professorship attached to St Catherine’s College, with a new chair appointed each year. The professor for the 2022-23 academic year is actor, producer and director Adjoa Andoh.

About the visiting professorship

The Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre is a University position, held for one year by a significant figure in the world of theatre.

The role was established in 1990 following a generous gift from the theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. The visiting professorship in his name seeks to encourage and promote the study and practice of contemporary theatre at the University.

Since its inception, the position has been held by a very distinguished cohort of theatrical greats – see the full list below. These have included actors, directors, producers and members of creative teams. Over the course of their tenure, each professor works with students from across the University, with events such as the inaugural lecture also open to the public.

The position gives students at Oxford the opportunity to work directly with some of the world’s most inspiring and creative forces in contemporary theatre.

About the current visiting professor, Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh is an actor, producer and director who has worked on stage, and in film and television. She is most recently known for playing Lady Danbury in the Netflix hit series Bridgerton, for which she was nominated for the NAACP Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Drama award.

Adjoa is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where she was Portia in Julius Caesar, a production which played in the West End, New York and Moscow; Ulysses in Troilus & Cressida; and Helen Of Troy in the Odyssey. She has played leading roles at the National Theatre including Condoleezza Rice in Stuff Happens and Serafina Pekkala in His Dark Materials and in Richard II at the Globe, which she conceived & co-directed.

She is also a Senior Associate at the Bush Theatre, a guest director at Rose Bruford Drama School, and a guest director and audition panellist at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Adjoa has been on television screens consistently since the 1980s, including regular roles in Eastenders, Dr Who and Casualty, and in series such as Cucumber, Health & Efficiency and Law and Order UK. Her films roles include Invictus, Fractured, Adulthood, Brotherhood, and I is A Long Memoried Woman.

Upcoming events with the current visiting professor

The following events are scheduled to take place:

Former visiting professors

Former holders of the position of Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre have included some of the most well-known figures in theatre, film and television.

Full list of former Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professors of Contemporary Theatre

2019 Deborah Warner
2017 Sir Tom Stoppard
2016 Claude-Michel Schönberg
2014 Simon Russell Beale CBE
2013 Stephen Fry
2012 Sir Michael Boyd
2011 Meera Syal MBE
2010 Sir Trevor Nunn CBE
2009 Michael Frayn
2008 Kevin Spacey KBE
2006 Sir Patrick Stewart OBE
2005 Phyllida Lloyd CBE
2004 Patrick Marber
2003 Sir Tim Rice
2002 Stephen Daldry CBE
2001 John Napier
2000 Sir Nicholas Hytner
1999 Dame Diana Rigg DBE
1998 Thelma Holt CBE
1997 Sir Richard Eyre CBE
1996 Lord Attenborough CBE
1995 Arthur Miller
1994 Sir Peter Shaffer CBE
1993 Michael Codron CBE
1992 Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE
1991 Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE
1990 Stephen Sondheim