Robert Smith


Robert Smith PhotoRobert Smith (1989) is a Full Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre and Dance and director of the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts at Salisbury University. He teaches courses in Acting, Directing, Performing, Children's Theatre, and Text Analysis. His specialties include directing 20th century theatre and critical/creative thinking skills.

Smith holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. His training includes extensive work at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., The SITI Company at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and study of the Alexander Technique.  He has directed some 20 plays that include Private Lives, The Gospel at Colonus, Hay Fever, and Mother Courage (a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award nominee for production design).

Robert's dedication to young artists is reflected in teaching for prestigious summer programs at Camp Case (Ohio) and The Summer Center for the Arts at Goucher College. Since 2001, Smith has directed the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts (MSCA) at Salisbury University. Earning praise for developing a model program, he has received "Citations of Recognition from the Senate of Maryland; and, the Center was featured in a State Board presentation on gifted and talented education.

Smith has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Salisbury/Wicomico Arts Council, and as an adjudicator/instructor for the Maryland High School Theatre Festival. Interested in interdisciplinary learning experiences, his professional work focuses on a unique kind of research and scholarship that incorporates theatre arts education and child development in the arts and related disciplines. He has consulted with the Maryland State Department of Education on a variety of initiatives as a contributing writer, editor, and content specialist. He is the primary author of the Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC)/Theatre: Standards, Objectives, and Indicators for Maryland public schools grades PreK-8, and contributed to the VSC for music, dance, and visual arts. Appointed by the Maryland Superintendent of Schools to serve as a member of the Maryland Fine Arts Advisory Panel, Robert collaborated with the Booker T. Washington Middle School to develop an arts-centered curriculum. He served a member of the Maryland High School Fine Arts Assessment Project, partnered with Westat Research Corporation on arts assessment, served as a respondent for the Charles Fowler Colloquium on Innovation in the Arts, and as a reviewer of the Praxis Exam (Theatre) for the Educational Testing Service (ETS). He has collaborated with a variety of visual and performing artists and, most recently, worked with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company at Skidmore College. Robertís current publication is BETTER: Building Effective Teaching Through Educational Research/Theatre Education.

Prior to Salisbury University, Mr. Smith served as a Literary Assistant at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City and taught at the Center for Critical and Creative Thinking at St. Mary's and Washington Colleges on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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