Dr. Rob Shimko
DR. ROB SHIMKO is pleased to return to Catastrophic after previously serving as the dramaturg for Bluefinger, The Designated Mourner, and Our Late Night. Rob heads the M.A. program in Theatre Studies as well as the B.F.A. in Playwriting/Dramaturgy at the University of Houston, and in 2012 he received the UH Teaching Excellence Award. He is co‐editor of the book Public Theatres and Theatre Publics, and his scholarly writing has additionally appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is also the book review editor for the scholarly journal Theatre History Studies. Rob is Senior Dramaturg of the Houston Shakespeare Festival and has worked nationally and locally as a freelance dramaturg, including productions at the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Harlem Stage, Stages Repertory Theatre, and Stark Naked Theatre, among others.