Robert has 30 years of performing arts and teaching experience on the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. Robert has directed scores of shows, written scripts, served as Artistic Director for 5 artistic companies, and has worked as a designer, actor, and administrator for more. He has worked as a touring sound and lighting designer. He has taught at the Dekalb School of the Arts, Emory University, and the Good Acting Studio. He also leads one of the longest running intern programs in Georgia.
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
Special Populations: At-Risk Students, Exceptional Learners (students with disabilities as well as those who are gifted and talented
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12, Post Grad/Collegiate
Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning
Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia
- Performance fees – $400 first show, $200 Each additional show
- Workshop fees – $250 Per day
- Residency fees – $1,000 per week
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.
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.
- 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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