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Theatre director and Warwick grad Dominic Cooke talks about his career

Dominic Cooke is a theatre director who studied at the University of Warwick. After graduating he took on his first job in television, as a runner. He then founded a production company which he ran for two years until he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company as an Assistant Director. At the same time he worked as a freelance director. He joined London’s Royal Court Theatre as Associate Director in 1999. He then worked as Associate Director of the RSC between 2002 and 2006.

Dominic took on the role of Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre in 2006. He joined at a time when the Theatre had been accused of ‘losing its way’, so he promised to refocus its efforts. And his work paid off. His departure earlier this year prompted a stream of positive publicity about what he had achieved.

He returned to Warwick in 2013 to be given an Honorary Degree, he spoke to us about his career so far


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