Associate Professor of Theater Rick Kemp was awarded the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award in the Creative Arts in a special ceremony on March 28, 2010.
Kemp is a writer, director, and performer. In his native Great Britian, he has performed with noteworthy British companies such as Theatre de Complicite, the Almeida, and the Oxford Playhouse and has toured worldwide with his solo clown show, Coming Home.
On the faculty of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance, Kemp specializes in movement-based performance and classical acting techniques. He also leads the department’s initiatives in “devised” theater, creating new works originating from actors in an ensemble as an alternative to works formally scripted by a playwright. At IUP, he has directed A Flea in Her Ear, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Citizen’s Soldier, and Boys’ Life. He continues to perform widely as an actor.
Since 1969, IUP has presented the Distinguished Faculty Award to honor exemplary faculty members who make significant contributions to the university.