Tony Church was a leading actor with England's Royal Shakespeare Company for 28 years, as well as a foundin member of that prestigious group. In 1988, he played Cymbeline for the National Theatre in London, Moscow, Tbilisi, Tokyo, and Epidaurus. He has played often in the West End, on television, and in films. CSF audiences will remember him from the 1987 season as Prospero in The Tempest and as Shylock in The Mercbant of Venice. He also played at the Lowenstein Theatre in Denver in 1975 and taught at Denver University in 1976 and 1978. For six years Church headed the Drama Department of the Guildhall School in the Barbican in London, associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was chairman of the Arts Council Drama Panel for three years. His Shakespearean lectures and essays have been published by the International Shakespearean Association, Methuen, and the Cambridge University Press. He has given recitals throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, Japan, and Greece, and has recorded 26 Shakespearean plays on the Argo label. He was Founding Director of the Northcott in Exeter, one of England's premier regional theatres. Currently Dean of the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, he directed the 1989 graduating students in a production of A Midsummer Nigbt's Dream and the 1990 class in Shaw's The Apple Cart. Last summer, he directed Love's Labour's Lost at the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival.
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