Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine. A director by training (DFA, Yale Drama School), he regularly stages classical works at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, and has directed over a hundred productions at other venues, professional and academic, around the world, including premieres of new plays in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Prague, Wroclaw, Bucharest, and Brisbane, and 75 productions at his UC Irvine campus. His twelve books include Acting Power, Acting One, Acting Two, Acting in Shakespeare, Acting Professionally and Theatre his plays include Machiavelli: the Art of Terror and The Möbius Strip, and his translations include Molière’s The Misanthrope and The Bourgeois Gentleman, Giraudoux’s Ondine and The Apollo of Bellac, Jean Verdun’s Tibi’s Law, Machiavelli’s Clizia, and the operas Carmen and The Magic Flute. He is also the author of essays in over a dozen theatre journals and more than 500 play reviews for Plays International and Contemporary Literary Criticism, and has lectured and given acting workshops in fifteen countries. In 1999 he received the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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