Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Tom Robson
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), The American Theatre & Drama Society                                             


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 Conference.


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 College.


Recent publications include:

"Book Review: Uncle Tom's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen." Theatre Journal 66.1 (March 2014).


“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, Playwriting

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL