Rob is Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Gustavus Adolphus College where, for thirty-six years, he directed plays and taught courses in acting, directing and theatre history. Besides his activity in the Department of Theatre and Dance where he often collaborated with colleagues in other departments, he worked with many outstanding students and in 2005 was honored with the Carlson Award for outstanding teaching.
Rob’s Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley focused on directing and dramatic literature, particularly the plays of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and “the fervent years” of American drama in the 1930’s.
During the latter part of his career at GAC, he returned to early passions—acting and Russian theatre. He resumed his study of the Russian language and made three trips to Moscow/St. Petersburg where he lived with Russian families and studied at the storied Moscow Art Theatre. Further studies in acting led him into an exploration of the Michael Chekhov technique, a creative approach to acting the he shared with his students and used himself as he returned to the stage.
Since retiring in 2007, Rob has acted with companies in the Twin Cities, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Among his favorite roles are Hector Nations in Foxfire, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, and the title character in King Lear, which he has performed twice, most recently as a guest artist at GAC.