Bob is in his thirteenth season as artistic director/ producer for America’s longest running professional summer theatre company, The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH. Bob has worked with the Company for 38 years as a director, actor, and lighting designer. Bob’s directing credits for The Barnstormers include: The Producers, Spamalot, Dancing At Lughnasa, The Drowsy Chaperone, Our Town, A Life in the Theatre, Gold in the Hills, The Miser, Babes in Arms, Stones In His Pockets, The Lion In Winter, Big River, A Little Night Music, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Pippin, A Threepenny Opera, and nearly the full canon of Agatha Christie mystery plays.
Since founding New Art Theatre in 1997, Bob has directed approximately 25 of the company’s productions. Credits include: a canon of plays by William Shakespeare including Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest; a cross section of Greek classics including Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and Agamemnon by Aeschylus; plays of the Irish Dramatic Movement including At The Hawk’s Well by William Butler Yeats and Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge; stagings of American literary works by Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne; new plays by Belfast playwright Daragh Carville and poet laureate Donald Hall; 20th Century masterworks including Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel. Bob’s New Art Theatre direction is recognized for its fundamentalism in concept and innovations in choreography and staging.
From 2000 to 2018 (concurrent with AD responsibilities at New Art Theatre and The Barnstormers Theatre) Bob served as Director (Presenter) of the Dana Center for the Performing Arts, a regional performing arts center on the campus of Saint Anselm College, Manchester NH. In this capacity, Bob annually presented a full season of international professional performing artists in contemporary dance, classical theatre, and various music disciplines including jazz, blues, classical, and world music serving the general public and an extensive network of student audiences throughout New England.
Bob served from 1996 to 2000 as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. During that tenure he helped to develop the Institute’s 4-year BFA degree program in the visual arts.
From 1983-1995, Bob served as Executive/Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH. During that time the Palace was renovated and reopened to the public. It was nationally recognized as a model for historic facility restoration and performing arts program development. During his tenure at The Palace Theatre Bob directed approximately 30 plays; credits include To Kill A Mockingbird, The Crucible, Amadeus, Desire Under the Elms, Death of a Salesman, Evita and M Butterfly.
From 1975-1980 Bob served as tour director for The New England Repertory Company, a touring American theatre company in the United Kingdom. Bob served under its artistic director and founder W. Clapham Murray then on the theatre faculty of New England College. During this period Bob earned his first professional directing credits with eight productions.
In addition to professional directing and administrative responsibilities, over the years Bob has served as full-time faculty, adjunct faculty or guest lecturer at the University of Memphis, New England College, the NH Institute of Art, and Plymouth State University.
Bob holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis in acting and directing. He is a member in good standing of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA- the professional stage actors union) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC- the professional directors and choreographers union). In February 2013 he was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the NH Theatre Awards.
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