Robert Amsden

Robert Amsden

Professor of Theatre, Doreen '73 and David Chemerow Chair in Theatre

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920-748-8785
Office: Rodman 132

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
  • Production Credits

Basic Information

Education

  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., University of Toledo

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Acting
  • First Year Seminar: Improvising the Deadlies and the Heavenlies
  • Acting II: Mask Improvisation Workshop
  • Theatre and Drama I: Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • Theatre and Drama III: European Modern to Contemporary
  • Asian Theatre

Awards & Honors

  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III,  Faculty Service Award (2017)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III,  Faculty Service Award (2016)
  • May Bumby Severy, Class of 1908, Award (2015)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III Certificate of Merit in Scenery and Lighting Design: The Imaginary Invalid (2009)
  • Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Alliant Energy Foundation) (2008)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III Certificates of Merit in Directing: The Importance of Being Earnest (2003) and A Plague of Angels (2006)

Areas of Interest

  • Acting/Directing
  • Masks & Actor Movement
  • Ancient Greek Theatre
  • Henrik Ibsen and Modern Theatre
  • Kutiyattam (Ancient Indian Theatre)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Presentations

  • Catalyst Core Curriculum and its Development Process presented to Cornell College faculty,
    Oct. 24, 2017.
  • Actor workshop at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region 3) in Milwaukee, Jan. 7, 2016. The two-hour class focused on developing characterization through sound-movement presentations based on speeches from Shakespeare’s plays.

Production/Performance Credits

ACTING

  • Around the World in 80 Days, Colonel Proctor & Elephant Seller, 2013, Ripon Summer Players (RPS)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda, Colonel Sapt, 2011, Fond du Lac Community Theatre
  • Leaving Iowa, Dad, 2011, RPS
  • If These Walls Could Talk, Alvan Bovay, 2010, Ripon Historical Society
  • 12 Angry Jurors, Juror #8, 2010, RPS
  • The Curious Savage, Dr. Emmett, 2009, RPS,
  • Rehearsal for Death, Herb Grant, 2008, RPS
  • Laughing Stock, Vernon, 2007, RPS

DIRECTING

  • The Rover; Or, The Banish’d Cavaliers, 2012
  • The Ash Girl, 2012
  • Cripple of Inishmaan, 2011
  • Eurydice, 2010
  • Anatomy of Gray, 2008
  • Arcadia, 2008
  • A Plague of Angels, 2007

 

Specialized Training

  • Council of Independent College’ Summer Seminar, Song Culture of Athenian Drama, 2012
  • Milwaukee Repertory Summer Conservatory in Acting Shakespeare, 2009
  • NEH Workshop in ‘Asian Cultures through Theatre’, 2006
  • Kutiyattam student  with Madame Sathi Devi of Margi company. Trivandrum, Kerala, India,  March 2004