Dr. Robert Ball

Chair of Theatre Arts, Professor of Theatre

Office: HIT 200B
Phone: (210) 829-3804
E-mail: ball@uiwtx.edu

Courses Taught:

THAR 1321 Beginning Acting
THAR 1322 Intermediate Acting
THAR 1380 Introduction to Theatre
THAR 2325 Theatre Voice and Speech Studies
THAR 2330 Performance for Animators
THAR 3323 Acting in Verse
THAR 3381 Dev. of Drama & Theatre I
THAR 3382 Dev. of Drama & Theatre II
THAR 4331 Fundamentals of Directing
THAR 4199 British Theatre Studies
THAR 4335 Senior Studio
THAR 4387 Shakespeare

Education

B.F.A. degree in Theatre – Acting, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1986 (G.P.A. 3.76)
M.F.A. degree – Directing, University of Texas at Austin, 1990 (G.P.A. 4.0)
Ph.D. degree – Theatre History and Criticism, University of Texas at Austin, 2000 (G.P.A. 4.0)

Employment

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), 1991 – 1992
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), 1994 – 2000
Chair of Theatre Arts, University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX), 2000–2006

Publications

Co-Editor of Plays for the Theatre, 7th edition (Harcourt Brace Publishers, 2000), 8th edition (Wadsworth Publishers, 2003), 9th edition(2007), and 10th edition (2010)
Co-Author of The Essential Theatre 7th edition (Harcourt Brace Publishers, 2000), 8th edition (Wadsworth Publishers, 2003), 9th edition (2007), and 10th edition (2010)

Professional Acting and Directing Experience

Professional acting and directing experience, specialized training, and union membership (AEA, SAG, AFTRA) supports my teaching of performance courses and my direction of undergraduate actors. Listed below are some of the professional companies I have worked with as an actor or director:

Paramount Pictures
Missouri Repertory Theatre
Stage West
Organic Theatre
Hartford Stage
Perry Street Theatre
CBS TV
Mid-America Films, Inc.
Theatre for the New City
Nebraska Repertory Theatre Theatre Works
Holland-American Cruise Lines
Orion Pictures
Wesley Films, Inc.
Aurora Theatre
Body Politic Theatre Music Theatre of Wichita Vassar Playhouse

Recognitions

  • 2004 Recipient of University of the Incarnate Word 1881 Commemorative Award for Faculty Development and Research
  • 2004 Alamo Theatre Arts Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing
  • 2003 Alamo Theatre Arts Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing
  • Recognized in 1998 by Vanderbilt University’s Honor Society for “Outstanding Teaching of Undergraduate Students”
  • Recognized in 1996 by Vanderbilt University’s Honor Society for “Outstanding Teaching of Undergraduate Students”