Robin Roberts, M.F.A.

“Getting involved in the theatre program during my junior year at Clemson University was a transformative experience for me. I hope to be part of that experience for students at Franklin. In the classroom I strive to make learning engaging, meaningful, and fun.”

Title

Professor of theatre

Educational Background

  • M.F.A., Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL
  • M.A., University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
  • B.A., Clemson University – Clemson, SC

Year joined Franklin

2004

Expertise

As a generalist, I teach Script Analysis and Theory, Playwriting, Theatre History, Acting II, Public Speaking, Dramatic Literature, and direct at least one production a year. And for the past few winter terms I have taught a course on Alfred Hitchcock films.

What are the benefits of participating in theatre at Franklin College?

Because of our size, students become an important part of the theatre department as soon as they arrive on campus. They work collaboratively with the faculty. Our productions are opened to all students, regardless of major, and theatre gives you many valuable, transferable skills—working independently as well as in a group, managing your time, solving problems creatively, meeting deadlines, and thinking quickly on your feet.

Is it easy to major in theatre and something else?

Yes! If fact we encourage students to select a minor, and the theatre major lends itself very easily to a second major. In addition to majoring in theatre, students have also majored such things as psychology, political science, English, creative writing, music, and journalism

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Dilemmas with Dinner published by Playscripts, Inc. and has been produced throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Russia, and Malaysia
The Lizzie Borden Show: A Speculation performed in Athens, GA and Seattle.
Spellers won TADA! Theatre’s playwriting contest and was given a staged reading
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival Award of Excellence
Theta Alpha Phi, National Theatre Honors Fraternity
Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honor Society

What Students Say

“Robin is delightful. He is consistently available and happy to help if you have any concerns. You can count on his classes to be engaging, and I always learn something new.” – Emily Meese ’16

Something My Colleagues Don’t Know About Me

I was named after the baseball player Robin Roberts who was a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles.