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Rob Shimko


Dr. Rob Shimko has served as the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston and the Executive Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) since 2016. He also has the dual role of Literary Director for HSF, plus he serves as head of the BFA program in Playwriting/Dramaturgy. Rob is also the Company Dramaturg for The Catastrophic Theatre, Houston’s leading avant-garde theatre company. Outside of his ongoing dramaturgy positions with HSF and Catastrophic, Rob has over seventy professional dramaturgy credits including several productions at the Alley Theatre as well as productions at the Guthrie Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Harlem Stage, 4th Wall Theatre, and the Classical Theatre Company, among others.

Dr. Robert Shimko
Director of the School of Theatre & Dance
Head of B.F.A. Playwriting/Dramaturgy

By the Numbers

  • 73+Nights of Performances
  • 3+Stages
  • 806 Seats
  • 22Full-time Faculty

Academic Areas of Study


    Our Theatre Undergraduate program offers B.F.A. degrees in Acting, Production, Stage Management, Playwriting & Dramaturgy and Theatre Education. Students will develop their skills onstage and behind the scenes with access to high-profile faculty and guest artists, costume and scenic workshops, professional-grade design studios and three on-campus performance facilities.


    Our Theatre Graduate program offers M.F.A. degrees in Acting and Design/Technology, a M.A. degree in Theatre Studies, as well as a Summer M.A for Theatre Educators. In our graduate programs, individuals challenge their talent and hone skills through training in rigorous studio work and in full productions.


    Our Dance program offers a B.A and a B.F.A in Dance. The program strives to create confidence through disciplined practice of dance as well as skills gained by creative interactions with others. Individuals define their own originality through dance with workshops, collaboration, performances and projects.