Rich to Depart Kenyon for ISU
Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:11
Assistant Professor of Drama Kevin Rich is leaving Kenyon for a bigger stage. He will take on the positions of Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Assistant Professor of Acting at Illinois State University in the fall.
“I wasn’t actively seeking employment elsewhere, but this is an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully explore the intersection between academic and professional theatre that I just can’t pass up,” Rich said in an email announcing his plans to drama majors yesterday. He has acted with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival before and is excited to return to the company he has “long considered [his] artistic home.”
All of Rich’s scheduled classes for next year will remain in the curriculum, according to Rich. A visiting professor will take over these courses for the year, and then the drama department will conduct a full search for his replacement.
“As excited as I am about what the future holds, I will be very sad to leave this wonderful place,” Rich said. “I’d certainly love to come back as a guest artist.”
Many students are sad to see Rich go, too.
“He’s definitely one of my favorite teachers at Kenyon,” said Aaron Lynn ’14, a drama major who acted under Rich’s direction in Spirits to Enforce and Icarus and Aria this year. “We’re all really excited for him but also upset that we don’t get to work with him anymore.”