Robert Westenberg

Robert WestenbergAssociate Professor
Theatre and Dance

Academic Interests

  • Acting technique
  • Musical theatre
  • Playwriting and dramatic literature
  • Theatre history

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

Broadway Performances

  • Zorba - Niko (Theatre World Award)
  • Sunday in the Park with George - George
  • Into The Woods - Prince/Wolf  (1988 Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award)
  • The Secret Garden - Neville Craven
  • Les Misérables - Javert
  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois - Ninian Edwards (Drama League Outstanding Artist) Company
  • Harry 1776 - Dr. Lyman Hall
  • A Christmas Carol - Fred 

Film Roles

  • Mellon - PBS - Young Mellon
  • The Ice Storm - Fox Searchlight/ Ang Lee, dir.
  • Before and After - Disney/ Barbet Schroeder, dir.
  • The Stars Fell on Henrietta - Warner Brothers/ Clint Eastwood Prods.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge - Merchant/Ivory Prods.

Professional Recordings

  • Zorba - Revival Recording
  • Sunday in the Park with George Original Cast Album
  • Into the Woods Original Cast Album
  • The Secret Garden Original Cast Album
  • Christmas Carol Original Cast Album
  • Company Revival Recording Violet
  • Original Cast Album Oh Kay!

Plus numerous other professional recordings

Directing Credits

  • A Little Night Music - Springfield Regional Opera, 2008
  • Cyrano de Bergerac - Missouri State University Tent Theatre
  • 20 Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - Missouri State University Tent Theatre, 2011
  • Les Misérables - Springfield Little Theatre, 2012
  • The Secret Garden - St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX 2013

Playwriting

The King of Snakes 2012

Previous Experience

  • Broadway and regional theatre
  • Film, Television, Radio, National Tours
  • Teaching Theatre at Drury University for the past 11 years
  • Chair for the last 7 of those years

Hometown

Fresno, CA

Hobbies

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Football
  • Politics
  • Gardening

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • Growing our Musical Theatre program to the national level
  • Writing a provocative, controversial play that engages a modern American audience

Life Outside the University

  • Hanging with my family
  • Working in the yard
  • Gentle exercise
  • Reading fiction and non-fiction
  • Watching movies and sports
  • Working on ideas for my next play

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