Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Iqbal Khan


Iqbal Khan

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Guest Director Residency presented in partnership with Wharton Center's World View Lecture Series and the College of Arts and Letters Leading Voices Series (2016)

British director Iqbal Khan’s most recent directorial venture was a production of William Shakespeare’s Othello at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon UK. (2015). It was a trailblazing rendition of Shakespeare’s famed play, as evident from the accolades it widely received. Iqbal Khan’s culturally textured production of Othello aptly evokes his professional and affective trajectory as a director and cultural presence in the contemporary British theatre scene. In 2012, he directed an innovative production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, also for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Preceding these lauded RSC productions, Khan’s personal and professional journey reveals interesting byways.

Born into a Pakistani immigrant family and growing up and educated in Birmingham, Khan later studied at Cambridge University and Imperial College, London, before choosing the theatre as his career. He began his directing career at the Leicester Haymarket and National Theatre Studio and his many credits include a remarkably diverse range of productions from Shakespeare to the works of Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller, and including some Operas.