Robert H. Coleman has contributed to well over three hundred Dance, Opera, and Dramatic Theatre productions in a wide variety of venues. Until 2001, he was Director of Production at the Opera Festival of New Jersey at McCarter Theatre in Princeton NJ. During his tenure, the Opera Festival presented several world premieres and was considered by Opera News and Money magazines to be among the top ten summer festivals in the U.S and in the top twenty worldwide. More recently, Robert has worked with Cirque du Soleil in various capacities including Global Support Resources, Assistant Technical Director for Dralion, and numerous European Tour projects. Robert has acted as Technical Consultant to a number of notable Scenic Designers and Theatre Companies nationally and internationally.
Robert worked professionally for a number of years before a desire to teach led him to graduate school for his MFA in Technical Production. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Technical Design and Production in 1998. He also attended the MFA Technical program at the University of Ohio. He was Head of the Technical Program at the University of Tennessee for three years. He also served at the Technical Director at UT as well as the Clarence Brown Company, the University of Tennessee’s resident LORT theatre company.
Robert came to Tallahassee in August of 2001 having been charged with “…creating and maintaining a nationally prominent MFA Technical Production program…” at the FSU School of Theatre and has endeavored to fulfill that charge with some success. He was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. He continues his professional career although his focus is shifting toward research, particularly in the area of new technology.
1998 M.F.A. Technical Design and Production, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut