Rob Roznowski

roznows5@msu.edu
(517) 353-5463

FacultyTheatre

Professor
Head of Acting and Directing

Biography

Rob is an award-winning actor, author, director, educator, and playwright. He is a Professor at Michigan State University where he serves as the Head of Acting & Directing in the Department of Theatre. His publications include books– Roadblocks in ActingInner Monologue in Acting, The Introverted Actor: Practical Approaches and Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors; plays– Arts or Crafts, Comfort FoodThe Tail of Peter RabbitThe Summer CircleThe Amazing America Road Trip; and articles/chapters mostly about the intersection of acting & psychology.  

He worked as the National Outreach and Education Coordinator for Actors’ Equity Association and has appeared extensively through the United States as an actor and director in New York and Los Angeles and regionally at Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. He was part of the original cast of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and can be heard on the show’s recording. He has directed internationally in Colombia, Dubai, and Greece where he was a Fulbright Fellow. 

Rob served on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, SUNY/ Stony Brook, and Stephens College where he received the “Distinguished Teaching Award.” At MSU he was awarded the “Mid-Michigan Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching”, “Michigan Professor of the Year Award” from the President’s Council State Universities of Michigan,” “The President’s Distinguished Teaching Award” and he is a William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty recipient. He also coordinates the MFA program in acting. 

University News

CREATE! Micro-Grant Program Announces 2022 Winners
Published August 8, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The 2022 winning proposals of Michigan State University’s CREATE! Micro-Grant Program recently were announced and represent a variety of disciplines and mediums. Each of the 12 proposals,…Read now »
MSU Outreach Effort Celebrates Works of Black Playwrights
Published April 6, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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A group of Michigan State University faculty and students from the Department of Theatre in collaboration with the Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity led an effort to bring the Next…Read now »
CREATE! Micro-Grant Program Launches 2021 Student Exhibition
Published December 10, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The 2021 CREATE! Micro-Grant Student Exhibition launches today, December 10. This online exhibit showcases the 12 student projects that were completed based on the winning proposals that…Read now »
MSU Department of Theatre Announces 2021-2022 Season
Published September 21, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre announces its 2021-2022 season, which focuses on the examination of the contemporary understanding of gender.Read now »
CREATE! Micro-Grant 2021 Winners Announced
Published September 9, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Twelve student projects were selected to each receive $500 CREATE! Micro-Grants to respond critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the funding, micro-grant winners will craft a variety of works using creative mediums such as film, dance, poetry, song, and oil painting to tackle issues involving race, isolation, body image, language, and more. Read now »
Arts Launch: Celebration of the Arts at MSU Set For September 12-18
Published August 30, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Arts Launch, a week-long celebration of the vibrant arts scene on Michigan State University’s campus, will take place September 12-18, which coincides with National Arts in Education Week, where…Read now »
Gift to Benefit Summer Circle Theatre Program
Published May 26, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Former Chair of the Michigan State University Department of Theatre, Frank C. Rutledge used to say that his daughter and the Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) Program were born in the same year. Now, in…Read now »
Integrative Arts and Humanities (IAH) Offers New and Innovative Courses
Published November 20, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Delivering general education curriculum in the arts and humanities requires some ingenuity to put the human experience into context. Faculty and instructors who teach in MSU’s Center for…Read now »
CAL in the Classroom
Published November 16, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
Alumni and retired faculty and staff had the opportunity to attend a virtual event on November 7 where attendees got an insider’s look at the research and education of MSU’s College Arts & Letters while networking with fellow alumni, faculty, and students.Read now »
Groundbreaking Book Alters Perception of Introversion in Theatre
Published May 27, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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The field of theatre has long been one that favors the extrovert with a perception that actors must be outgoing, gregarious, and boisterous to find success. A new book seeks to alter that…Read now »
Graduating Senior Founds Business to Support Marginalized Gender Playwrights
Published April 3, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Taylor McPhail, a senior Theatre major, recently started her own business, By/For Publishing, which digitally publishes plays written by playwrights of marginalized genders, work that is far…Read now »
MSU Summer Circle Turns 60!
Published March 4, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University is celebrating its 60th year of presenting free, accessible theatre during the month of June. Since 1960, the Michigan State University Department of…Read now »
Theatre Department Takes ‘The Gun Show’ on the Road Around the State
Published February 7, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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(PLEASE NOTE: Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and in the interest of public safety, the Wednesday, March 18, performance of The Gun Show that was scheduled for the Swords…Read now »
Three Faculty Members to Receive All-University Awards
Published January 23, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Three College of Arts & Letters faculty members are being recognized for their outstanding work and will receive distinguished awards at this year’s Michigan State…Read now »
59th Summer Circle Theatre Season Announced
Published May 16, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Since 1960, the Michigan State University Department of Theatre has heralded the unofficial start of summer with its Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) program by using the talents…Read now »
2019 Alumni Board Awards Presented
Published April 1, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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College of Arts & Letters faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership, teaching, innovation, and community engagement at the College of Arts &…Read now »
Lecturer to Speak on Introverted Students in the Classroom
Published November 14, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Heidi Kasevich, Educational Director at Quiet Revolution, is coming to MSU to speak about how educators can create structures and dynamics in the classroom that recognize and reward introverted…Read now »
Department of Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Season
Published September 12, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is “Breaking Down Borders,” the theme of its 2018-2019 season, in which the department will present plays with meaning and…Read now »
Theatre Alumna Performing in National Broadway Tour
Published February 13, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State Theatre alumna Sarah Goeke came to MSU to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, but she received so much more than just a degree. During her time here, she started a…Read now »
Immersive Theatre Performance to Utilize Full Space of MSU Auditorium
Published February 8, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is proud to present its first-ever immersive theatre performance where the show is not limited to the stage, but rather moves…Read now »
Theatre Students Research Immersive Theatre in NYC
Published January 23, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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In preparation for the upcoming Department of Theatre production, Thus With A Kiss I Die, two Theatre students, Brianna Beeman and Sam Meade, were sent on a research trip to New…Read now »
Five Faculty Promoted to Full Professor
Published November 17, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters promoted five faculty members to Full Professor with tenure, including Kirk Domer, Bill Hart-Davidson, Alisa Henriquez, Shawn Loewen, and Rob…Read now »
Divergent Voices Theme of 2017-2018 Department of Theatre Season
Published May 25, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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In a time where debate may be equivalent to yelling, where respect means only similar points of view, where we all seem to only agree on disagreement, theatre must do what it was created to do:…Read now »
Summer Circle Theatre Announces Its 57th Season
Published March 2, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Summer Circle Theatre returns this June for its 57th season and will take you on a journey across the United States (with a detour to Neverland). So, pack your bags and explore the entire…Read now »
Theatre Students Travel to Dubai for International Festival
Published February 16, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Eight undergraduate Theatre students recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the first International Theatre Festival at the American University of Sharjah, located…Read now »