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Faculty and Staff Profiles

Rob Barron

Department Chair, Chair & Associate Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

Theatre and Speech

Office

CG 311

p: 212-650-7043

e: papadediego@yahoo.com

  • Profile

    Educational Philosophy

    First of all, I love to teach. I also love my work as a Director and Playwright, but I have always had a great passion for teaching, because I believe that great teaching is about helping others to discover. It is about the discovery of the world outside of ourselves, as well as the worlds within us. Sometimes it’s about introducing someone to material that they’ve never encountered before: a great play; an unconventional solution; or a new way of looking. And sometimes, it’s offering the craft that will open up the emotional life of an actor, or empowering an artist with the techniques that will nurture their expression and creativity.

    Those of us who work in the theatre are privileged – maybe ‘lucky’ is a better word – in that everything we experience in Life has the potential to make us better artists, as long as we are willing to have open hearts and open minds, and then to apply what we see, feel and do to our work.

    Life experience; rigorous training; and an open spirit: that’s part of what I bring to my classroom; as well as a sense of dedication, fun, knowledge and high expectations.

  • Education

    Degrees

    The Yale School of Drama (M.F.A.)
    Brown University (B.A.)
    The Phillips Exeter Academy

  • Courses Taught


    Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Theatre History and Literature

  • Additional Information

    Professional Affiliations

    The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Member
    The Actors Studio, Member
    Two Beans Productions, Artistic Director
    National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY Chapter)
    The Acting Workshop, Former Director
    Procter and Gamble Daytime Television (NY), Former Associate Manager of Writer Development
    Soho Repertory Theatre, Former Director of Play Development
    The Yale Cabaret, Former Artistic Director
    The Ensemble Company for the Performing Arts (CT), Former Artistic Director
    American Kaleidoscope Theatre (NY), Former Literary Manager
    Circle Repertory Theatre (NY): The Directors Lab, Former Member

    Directing Experience

    Yale Repertory Theatre
    DINOSAURS (Premiere)

    The Studio Theatre (Washington, DC)
    THE COMMON PURSUIT
    THE AMERICAN PLAN

    Theatreworks USA
    ROMEO AND JULIET
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
    LES MISÉRABLES
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
    LITTLE WOMEN
    TREASURE ISLAND
    THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER,
    CHARLOTTE'S WEB
    RAMONA QUIMBY
    THE BOXCAR CHILDREN
    MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL
    FERDINAND THE BULL
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL

    Philadelphia Festival Theatre For New Plays
    THE INUIT

    Gene Frankel Theatre (NY) & The Adrienne Theatre (PA)
    BEEN SO LONG (American Premiere)

    White River Theatre Festival (VT)
    THE SNOW QUEEN
    COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME: AN EVENING WITH MAE WEST

    Iowa Playwrights Festival & Marin Theatre Company (CA)
    DARK LAUGHTER (Premiere)

    Theatreworks / Colorado
    DRACULA
    FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE

    The Mountain Playhouse (PA)
    GODSPELL
    THE SECRET GARDEN
    INCORRUPTIBLE
    TOM, DICK AND HARRY

    The Negro Ensemble Company
    THE JEROME WASHINGTON PROJECT

    Lucille Lortel Theatre (NY)
    ROMEO AND JULIET

    Soho Repertory Theatre
    YES IS FOR A VERY YOUNG MAN
    MONTREAL

    The Actors Studio
    A PRAYER IN A BAR (Premiere)
    THUGS (Premiere)
    MAKE UP YOUR MIND (Premiere)
    THE CONFESSION (Premiere)
    A KIND MAN AND A GOOD LOVER (Premiere)

    Two Beans Productions/National Tours
    JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
    ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
    WINNIE-THE-POOH

    The West Bank Café
    THE LIZZIE BORDEN FAMILY VAUDEVILLE SHOW

    Dixon Place
    COYOTES IN NEW YORK

    Circle Repertory Theatre Lab
    THE RAPTURE TWO-STEP
    WEEKEND

    NYU Festival of New Plays
    LAST TANGO IN POMPEII
    WILDFIRE

    Brown Summer Theatre (RI)
    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN
    THE PERFECT PARTY
    WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER
    WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
    AS IS
    IT'S ONLY A PLAY
    BEAU JEST
    THE IMMIGRANT

    Yale University
    THE LIFE OF GALILEO

    The Yale Cabaret
    SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO
    GOT TO GO MOSCOW!
    GARBO SPEAKS

    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    CAROUSEL
    BETRAYAL
    PYGMALION
    INDIANS
    HAIR
    BOY GETS GIRL
    THE SHAPE OF THINGS
    THE GOOD DOCTOR
    THE GRADUATE
    WAITING FOR LEFTY

    Playwriting Experience

    THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD
    THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON
    GREAT EXPECTATIONS
    THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER AND HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    FERDINAND THE BULL
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
    LES MISÉRABLES
    RITA HAYWORTH: HOLLYWOOD GODDESS
    1919: A BASEBALL OPERA

    Recordings

    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Playbill Recordings)
     
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