Professor of Acting
Head of Acting and Directing
Rob is an award-winning actor, author, director, educator, and playwright. He is a Professor at Michigan State University where he serves as the Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre. His publications include books-- Roadblocks in Acting, Inner Monologue in Acting and with Kirk Domer, Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors (all published by Palgrave); plays-- Arts or Crafts (Norman Maine Plays) Comfort Food (Original Work Publishing), The Tail of Peter Rabbit (Big Dog Publishing), The Summer Circle (Brooklyn Publishers), The Amazing America Road Trip (Lazy Bee Publishers); and articles/chapters-- including an article in Theatre Topics and a chapter in Creative Theory in Drama and Theatre Education (Springer Books).
He worked as the National Outreach and Education Coordinator for Actors’ Equity Association and has appeared extensively through the United States as an actor and director in New York, Los Angeles and regionally at Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He was part of the original cast of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and can be heard on the show’s recording. He has directed internationally in Colombia, Dubai, and Greece where he was a Fulbright Fellow.
Rob served on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, SUNY/ Stony Brook and Stephens College where he received the “Distinguished Teaching Award.” At MSU he was awarded the “Mid-Michigan Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching”, the “Michigan Professor of the Year from the President’s Council State Universities of Michigan Award” and many more. He also coordinates the MFA program in acting.