Robert Drake

Robert Drake has 25 years of experience producing, stage managing, performing in, and directing shows. He has served as Artistic Director of two major Georgia theatres, as Production Manager for two different radio theatre companies, and has experience as a Creative Director. Robert is an Instructor at Emory University’s Osha Life Long Learning Program, teaching semiotics and theatre. He has also been a guest instructor at Decatur High School, DeKalb School of the Arts, and the Good Acting Studio. He has taught improvisation for more than a decade at various locations and has taught philosophy and semiotics at various institutions. He also has taught sound and lighting design in workshops at various locations. Philosophically, he believes that the tools of improvisation can strengthen a performing and production environment and they enhance the tools he has developed through his experience. He teaches students to be prepared, honest, and more importantly, to be eager. Developing a skilled curiosity is essential to helping young people grow into happy, productive adults.

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Arts Disciplines: Theatre/Drama, Technical Performance and also Semiotics

Core Content Curriculum Areas: Theatre/Drama, English/Language Arts, Social Studies/History, Media Arts

Specialized Content Areas: Anti-bullying, STEAM

Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12, Collegiate and Staff Workshops

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning

Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia

Program Fees:

  • Performance fees – $400 first show, $200 Each additional show
  • Workshop fees – $250 Per day
  • Residency fees – $1,000 per week

 Artistic Profile:

Robert Drake has 25 years of experience producing, stage managing, performing in, and directing shows. He has served as Artistic Director of two major Georgia theatres, The Academy Theatre and Stage Door Players.  He also served as Production Manager for two different radio theatre companies, Philco Radio Players and Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. He has additional experience as Production Manager for Laughing Matters and as Creative Director for the Blacktop Circus. Philosophically, he believes that the tools of improvisation can strengthen a performing and production environment and they enhance the tools he has developed through his experience.

Teaching Experience:

Robert is an Instructor at Emory University’s Osha Life Long Learning Program, teaching semiotics and theatre. He has also been a guest instructor at Decatur High School working with Lynn Hosking for a decade, and he has taught at DeKalb School of the Arts and the Good Acting Studio. He has taught improvisation for more than a decade at various locations and has taught philosophy and semiotics at various institutions. He also has taught sound and lighting design in workshops at the Academy Theatre, Good Acting Studio, and other locations. He teaches students to be prepared, honest, and more importantly, to be eager. Developing a skilled curiosity is essential to helping young people grow into happy, productive adults.

Sample Programs:

  • The Basics of Improvisation: The Goals of this course are to teach the basics of improvisation using short form theater games to assist students in developing skills in cooperative creativity, communication skills, verbal acuity, non-verbal communication, and improve the neural networks between creative and logical processing.
  • The Nature of Semiotics: The proposed class will outline the nature of semiotics and show how understanding and recognizing their patterns leads to a better understanding of people and the world around us.

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