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photo: Robert WillenbrinkRobert Willenbrink

111 Breckinridge Hall, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky 40351
r.willenbrink@moreheadstate.edu

EDUCATION
Ph. D., Theatre Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, 1986
M.A., Communications, Morehead State University, 1978
B.A., Communications, Morehead State University, 1975

EXPERIENCE
2002- Present Morehead State University
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Theatre
Paul W. and Lucille Little Endowed Chair in Theatre

1986–2002 University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Chair, Director of Theatre and Professor, Department of Speech, Theatre and Mass Communication,
1978-1983 Hazard Community College
Assistant Professor and Head of Theatre

OTHER POSITIONS
1990-2002 The Cadron Company
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Producer, Director and Company manager for touring theatre troupe
Education Coordinator. Developed educational enhancement materials to support and extend the artistic experience into the classroom.

2000-2003 Arc of Arkansas Performance Institute
For Disabled Artists Little Rock, Arkansas
Director of national arts institute for challenged and disabled artists

1998-2002 A.C.T.S. Conway, Arkansas
Founder and Director of theatre company for challenged and disabled artists

1999- 2002 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Washington D.C.
Chair, American College Theatre Festival, Region VI
Production respondent

1990-2002 Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Founder and Producer of a theatre program for youth ages 8-18

1990-2002 Hazard Community Summer Playhouse Hazard, Ky.
Founder and Producer outdoor summer theatre

CREATIVE ACTIVITY, RESEARCH AND GRANTS
Plays Authored and Produced (Representative)
2004 Patyhways Support Group Morehead, Kentucky
News Today in the USA
Performance written for Disabled Artists

2004 Cardinal Hill Hospital Lexington, Kentucky
A Salute to Heroes
Performance written for Disabled Artists

2004 Morehead State University Morehead, Kentucky

Where in the World?

2003 Hazard Charities Hazard, Kentucky
Haromony in the Mountains: A Forum Fanfare

2001 Mayflower High School, Mayflower, Arkansas
Legend

1994-1999 Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
The Birds, Legend, The Girl Who Married a Ghost, Tales from the Rackensack, Nonsense

1999-2002 University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Ozark Adventures, A Christmas Carol, Where in the World, How Can I keep from Singing

1999-2001 ACTS(Acting Creates Therapeutic Success) Conway, Arkansas
KVSA, A Rockin’ Christmas, The Hop. Scary Stories

1997 Arts Live Fayetteville, Arkansas
 Dream On

1992 Shoestring Players Conway, Arkansas
Christmas Here, There and Everywhere

Research (Representative)
2001 National Occupational Therapy Association Convention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ACTS and OINC: Performance and Training of Disabled Artists

2001 National Association of Schools of Theatre
Alternative Training and Innovative programming for Theater Students

2000 American College Theatre Festival, Region V
Theatre with Disable Artists

Plays Directed (Representative)

2004 Patyhways Support Group Morehead, Kentucky News Today in the USA

2004 Cardinal Hill Hospital Lexington, Kentucky
A Salute to Heroes

2004 Morehead State University Morehead, Kentucky
Pippin, Where in the World

2003 Hazard Charities Hazard, Kentucky
Haromony in the Mountains: A Forum Fanfare

1986 -2001 University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
The King Stag, Noises Off, Godspell, Ondine, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Macbeth, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lysistrata, The Dark of the Moon, Evita, The King and I, Into the Woods

1978-83 Hazard Community College Hazard, Kentucky
Harvey, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Carnival, Sleeping Bueauty, The Diary of Anne Frank, Barefoot in the Park, Harvey

Performances (Representative)
2003 Morehead State University Theatre
Egeus, A Mid-Summer Night's Dream

1997 University of Central Arkansas Theatre
Satan, Don Juan in Hell

1995 Arkansas Education Television Network
Old Trapper, Historical Dance Series

AWARDS (REPRESENTATIVE)
Lucille Caudill Little Foundation Lexington, Kentucky
$1 million endowment for theatre outreach and program

Don Reynolds Foundation Las Vegas, Nevada
$6 million dollar grant for construction of Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Grant, Theatre-in-the Schools Performances and Educational Enhancement materials

VSA Arts, Inc. Washington, D.C.
Grant, Program Support -- ACTS

Center for Disease Control, Arkansas Department of Education Atl;anta and Little Rock
Grant, Conduct AIDS awareness and prevention performances and Educational seminars

Arkansas Arts Council Little Rock, Arkansas
Grant, Operating Support, Youith Theatre of Central Arkansas

AWARDS (REPRESENTATIVE)
American College Theatre Festival Washington D.C.
Kennedy Center
Director, Adult American Males, National Festival Finalist
National Award of Excellence, Ensemble Acting
National Award of Excellence, Scene Design

University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas
Public Service Award

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Visiting Evaluator, National Association of Schools of Theatre
Respondent, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Chair, Region VI, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Grant Application Evaluator, VSA Arts, Washington D.C.
Grant Application Evaluator, Arkansas Arts Council