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Stage Director Robert Woodruff Joins Columbia University's School of the Arts

Robert Woodruff, whose numerous directing credits include productions with The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Lincoln Center Theatre and Arena Stage and premieres of works by Sam Shepard at the New York Shakespeare Festival, has joined the Theatre Arts Division of Columbia University's School of the Arts. He is teaching directing and acting. "Robert Woodruff is an excellent addition to the faculty of accomplished theatre artists in the Theatre Arts Division," said Arnold Aronson, chair of the division. "Our graduate students are fortunate to have the opportunity to study with someone who has directed so many major productions at renowned theaters around the country." Woodruff has directed several productions at The Mark Taper Forum, including In the Belly of the Beast, and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, A Madrigal Opera and Struck Dumb. His staging of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors with The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Lincoln Center Theatre was later broadcast by PBS. He directed the premieres of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child and True West at The New York Shakespeare Festival, along with other pieces at such esteemed institutions as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, La Jolla Playhouse, The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Co-founder of The Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, Woodruff created The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a forum for new play development. He has been an associate artist of The Mark Taper Forum, and an artist-in-residence at The New York Shakespeare Festival and the New York Theatre Workshop. He has received grants from the Pew Charitable Trust Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics, the San Diego Theatre Critics, The Bay Area Critics Circle and New York's Soho News. Woodruff has taught at the University of California, San Diego; the University of California, Santa Barbara; New York University's Tisch School of the Arts; the Banff Center, Alberta, Canada; the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, and as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia. He holds a masters degree in theatre arts from San Francisco State University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Buffalo with a B.A. in political science. 12.5.97 19,236