Robert AuFrance, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre, Director of Theatre, Fine Arts Administration
Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism and Playwriting – University of Missouri; Columbia
M.A. in Theatre history and Criticism – Kent State University
B.A. in Theatre/Speech Education and History Education – University of Findlay; Findlay, Ohio
For the last 17 years, Dr. Robert E. AuFrance has served as the Director of Theatre for Waldorf. Dr. AuFrance completed his Ph.D. in playwriting and theatre history from the University of Missouri at Columbia (Dissertation: “Playwright of Loneliness: A Lacanian-Based Investigation of Loss Within the Full-Length Works of William Inge”-2004), his M.A. in theatre history and criticism from Kent State University (1997), and his B.A. in Theatre/Speech Education and History Education (with certification in secondary education) from the University of Findlay (1991).
Professor AuFrance currently directs and teaches the acting, directing, playwriting, theatre histories, theatre education pedagogy and film studies tracks for the Theatre Department, as well as instructing the college’s speech courses, and heads the Artistic Expression program. Bob also serves as Waldorf University’s playwright, having had seven of his plays produced at Waldorf. Additionally, his works have been presented on three continents. He also hosts playwriting workshops with middle and high school students across the Midwest, and has won several writing awards (including being a two time KCACTF, Region V winner of the Mark David Cohen National Playwriting Award). Dr. AuFrance created the Musical Theatre Major (in coordination with the Music Department), co-created the “24 Hour Theatre Festival” and the college’s traveling theatre troupe, established the annual “Haunted House Food Drive,” was the originator of the “Loose Change” program and is the founder and advisor for Waldorf’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega (the honorary theatre fraternity).
Dr. AuFrance was honored by his students for his service to the department when they named the black box theatre “The B.O.B.” in 2011. Also in 2011, Bob was recognized by Waldorf College by being presented the Outstanding Faculty Trustee’s Award. Formerly the Director of Fine Arts Administration (2011-2016), Bob was promoted to the newly created position of Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. In May of 2016, Dr. AuFrance was inducted into the Paulding High School Academic Hall of Fame (Paulding, Ohio) (his alma mater and where he first taught).
In his spare time, Bob scouts the country looking for the next cast members of the Waldorf University Theatre Department, travels the back roads of America gathering antiques (check out the Theatre Suite decorated with a small part of his collection), keeps track of his ever-growing comic book and film memorabilia collections and sleeps.