The late Professor Hovanness Pilikian was a celebrated director of classical Greek drama in Britain starting his career in 1970s. He was theatre director, social scientist (with University degrees in Psychology, English Literature and Anthropology), poet, composer, sculptor, academic, historian, linguist, and author of innovative books on Classical Japanese Theatre and Armenian Cinema.
Professor Pilikian’s work on Classical Greek Drama was acknowledged as being entirely original, innovative, and pioneering in the contemporary history of British theatre.
He was also an academic with research focussing on scientific theories of human origins and evolution of culture in the mountainous landscape of the Armenian highlands. His research has also been notable in identifying Shakespeare’s Mistress as a woman of African origin, revolutionising several social science disciplines.
He lectured widely including at the Dutch Centre of, Princeton University (USA), The State University of Yerevan, The Institute of Arts, The Literary Institute, the Institute of Linguistics (in Armenia), Central School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Arts (University of London).