||Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A. in Theatre – Grinnell College
M.A. in Theatre – Indiana University
Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature – Indiana University.
Professional Affiliations: Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Tom Robson’s primary areas of
expertise are in African American theatre and drama, American theatre of
the 1930s, postcolonial drama, and musical theatre, with additional
work in film studies. He is currently at work on a book manuscript on
the late-19th and early-20th Century African
American actress, elocutionist, and political activist Henrietta Vinton
Davis. He regularly presents at the national conference for the
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, where he is an officer for
the Theatre History Focus Group, and at the Mid-America Theatre
In addition to his scholarly work,
Tom has maintained an active career as a director, especially of new
plays. He was worked professionally as a director, assistant director,
and dramaturg for theatres including Writers’ Theatre (Glencoe, IL),
Apple Tree Theatre (Highland Park, IL), Timeline Theatre Company
(Chicago, IL), the Bloomington Playwrights’ Project (Bloomington, IN),
and the Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN.) Prior to joining the
faculty of Millikin University in the fall of 2011, Tom taught and
directed students at Butler University, Indiana University, and Franklin
Recent publications include:
“A More Aggressive Plantation Play: Henrietta Vinton Davis and John Edward Bruce Collaborate on Our Old Kentucky Home” (forthcoming in Theatre History Studies in 2012).
“The Rockae: An Adaptation of Euripides’s The Bacchae.” Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance 3.1 (Spring 2010).
“Field of American Dreams: Individualist Ideology in the American Baseball Movie.” JUMP CUT: A Review of Contemporary Media 52 (Summer 2010).
Disciplines: Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Directing