Michael Tick

Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Michael Tick was appointed Dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in summer 2010.  Prior to joining UK, Dr. Tick was the chair of the Department of Theatre at Louisiana State University (LSU) and producing artistic director of Swine Palace, the department’s Equity theatre company.

Before joining LSU in 1999, Tick served on the planning committee that established in 1985 the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), a regional secondary arts school affiliated with the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony, and the Virginia Ballet Theatre.  As founding chair of the GSA Department of Theatre, Tick served on the faculty of Old Dominion University.  He has also served the faculties of the University of Rhode Island, Northwestern University, Rend Lake College (Illinois), Harvard University Extension School, the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds.

Raised in Newport, Rhode Island, Tick spent many years associated with Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company, the Newport Music Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival.  For those organizations, he worked in multiple areas from company management and production to marketing and development.  He received the M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University in 1978 and the Ph.D. in Theatre from New York University in 1997.  He studied acting and directing with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Bill Hickey at HB Studio and Adrian Hall of Trinity Rep.  While in New York, Tick worked for several years on Wall Street as a trading support specialist with Merrill Lynch’s High Yield Bond Group.

His 2007 production of The Heidi Chronicles was produced at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Beijing Central Academy of Drama.  In 2010, his production of Antigone was produced at the Young Theatre Festival 젊은 연극제, Seoul, Korea. In 2011, Cocktail, which had its world premiere at Swine Palace in 2007, will represent the United States at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.  Co-written by the internationally acclaimed theatre artist Ping Chong and LSU Professor of biochemistry Vince LiCata, Cocktail chronicles the work of Thai pharmaceutical scientist and HIV/AIDS activist Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, who developed the first one-pill AIDS cocktail and saved thousands of lives in her homeland. 

Tick is a member of AEA (Actors' Equity Association) and SSDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers).