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Robert B. Shimko
Robert B. Shimko

Director- Elect, School of Theater and Dance, University of Houston

Dr. Rob Shimko is the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston where he also serves as head of Playwriting & Dramaturgy. He recently was named the Executive Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival after previously serving as the Festival’s Literary Director for six years. He is also the Company Dramaturg for The Catastrophic Theatre, Houston’s premier avant-garde theatre company. Rob’s freelance professional dramaturgy credits include productions at the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Harlem Stage, Stark Naked Theatre, and the Classical Theatre Company, among others. In 2013, he was the invited Dramaturgy Respondent for Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2012, he won the University of Houston’s Teaching Excellence Award. Rob’s scholarly writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is co-editor of the book Public Theatres and Theatre Publics (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), the Book Review Editor for the journal Theatre History Studies, and a recipient of the Robert A. Schanke Theatre History Research Award. He is the author of the play Specks, available through Samuel French, Inc.