Robert Westenberg

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Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Springfield Missouri, United States

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I have worked professionally as an actor for over thirty years, and as a teacher/director for the past eight.
I am currently chair of the theatre department at Drury University in Springfield, MO.


Robert Westenberg
Curriculum Vitae


A member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1979, I made my living in the professional theatre for 25 years until transitioning into the field of education in 2005. As will be shown by my employment record, I have participated in nearly every aspect of the acting profession, from the theatre to television to film, in the recording studio and on the concert stage. Prior to my professional career, I received extensive training at both the university level, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and in a conservatory atmosphere, completing three years of study at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and finalizing my studies with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the National Conservatory Theatre in Denver. For the past eight years I have been serving as a teacher, director, advisor and administrator at Drury University and for various institutions and independent producers. I am presently chair of the Drury University Theatre Department.


1973-1977 California State University, Fresno; Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude
1977-1980 American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
1998-1999 National Theatre Conservatory, Denver; Master of Fine Arts in Acting



Zorba Niko
(Theatre World Award)
Sunday in the Park with George George
Into The Woods Prince/Wolf
(1988 Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award)
The Secret Garden Neville Craven
Les Misérables Javert
Abe Lincoln in Illinois Ninian Edwards
(Drama League Outstanding Artist)
Company Harry
1776 Dr. Lyman Hall
A Christmas Carol Fred


Mellon PBS, Young Mellon
The Ice Storm Fox Searchlight/ Ang Lee, dir.
Before and After Disney/ Barbet Schroeder, dir.
The Stars Fell on Henrietta Warner Brothers/ Clint Eastwood Prods.
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Merchant/Ivory Prods.


Aliens in the Family High Elder
Swift Justice Leo
Central Park West Attorney
Another World Dr. Powers
One Life to Live Prince Raymond
Search for Tomorrow Robert Olson
Law and Order, SVU Colonel


Zorba (Pre-Broadway) Niko
Funny Girl Nicki Arnstein
The Full Monty Harold
Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Captain Hook


Zorba Revival Recording
Sunday in the Park with George Original Cast Album
Into the Woods Original Cast Album
The Secret Garden Original Cast Album
Christmas Carol Original Cast Album
Company Revival Recording
Violet Original Cast Album
Oh Kay! Cole Porter Anthology
The Broadway Musical of 1949 Original Recording
Save the Children Christmas Album


New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre
Henry IV, pt. 1 Vernon
The Death of Von Richthofen Von Richthofen
Hamlet Laertes

Manhattan Theatre Club
Three Birds Alighting on a Field Auctioneer/David/Constantin/Ahmet

Playwrights Horizons
Violet Preacher and others

Primary Stages
I Sent a Letter to my Love Stan


The Gay Divorcee Guy


Arena Stage (4 seasons)
Galileo Andrea Sarti
The Man Who Came to Dinner Bert Jefferson
Major Barbara Adolphus Cusins
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lysander
Undiscovered Country Otto Von Aigner
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Norman Mushari
The Suicide Igor
Measure for Measure Angelo
The Crucible John Proctor
Glengarry Glen Ross Williamson
Kean Lord Neville
Taming of the Shrew Hortensio
Ourselves Alone Joe Conran
The Piggy Bank Felix

Berkshire Theatre Festival
She Loves Me George

Center Stage, Baltimore
Arms and the Man Bluntschli

The Globe Theatre
Art Marc

Pittsburgh Public Theatre
Medea Jason

The Muny, St. Louis
The King and I The King
1776 John Adams
The Sound of Music Baron Von Trapp
My Fair Lady Henry Higgins
A Funny Thing Happened…Forum Lycus
Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Captain Hook

Denver Center Theatre Company (3 Seasons)
Sylvia Greg
Macbeth Macduff
The Tempest Sebastian
The Rivals Jack
The Miser La Fleche
The Servant of Two Masters Florindo
The Winter’s Tale Polixenes
Gross Indecency Edward Carson
Travels With My Aunt Henry Pulling, Wordsworth, Col. Hakim, Hatty
Life is a Dream Astolfo

American Conservatory Theatre
Romeo and Juliet Chorus
A Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past
Crucifer of Blood Young St. Claire
History of the American Film Victor Henreid, et. al.

Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Captain Hook


Irene Ryan Awards National Finalist, 1976
TCG National Finalist 1979
Theatre World Award Zorba, 1984
Drama Desk Award Into the Woods, 1988
Tony Nomination Into the Woods, 1988
Drama League Outstanding Artist Abe Lincoln in Illinois, 1992
Kevin Kline Award Nomination My Fair Lady, 2008
Outstanding Alumni Award California State University, Fresno, 2010


Assistant Professor of Theatre 2005-2011
Outstanding Drury Faculty Award, Greek Life 2006
Chair, Department of Theatre 2009-Present
Associate Professor of Theatre 2011
Tenure Granted 2011
Outstanding Drury Faculty Award, Greek Life 2010
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 2010-11

(Student IDEA Evaluations available upon request)

Acting I
Acting II
Acting III
Scene Study
Introduction to Theatre
Voice and Speech for the Theatre
Stage Makeup
Acting Workshop: Singing for the Actor
Acting Workshop: Acting in Shakespeare
Acting Workshop: Audition Technique
Study Abroad: Theatre on Both Sides of the Pond, New York and London


Sylvia Drury University, 2005
The Weir Vandivort Theatre, 2006
Steel Magnolias Drury University, 2006
Sweet Charity Drury University, 2007
365 Missouri State University, 2007
Twelfth Night Drury University, 2008
A Little Night Music Springfield Regional Opera, 2008
Cyrano de Bergerac Missouri State University Tent Theatre, 2008
She Loves Me Drury University, 2009
Taming of the Shrew Drury University, 2009
Killer Joe Drury University, 2010
Company Drury University, 2010
Romeo and Juliet Drury University, 2010
Richard III Drury University, 2011
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Missouri State University Tent Theatre, 2011
The Drowsy Chaperone Drury University, 2011
Enron Drury University, 2012
Les Misérables Springfield Little Theatre, 2012


A.E.A Actors Equity Association
S.A.G Screen Actors Guild
AFTRA American Federation of Television and Radio Artists



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