Dr. Rob Shimko
serves as the Company Dramaturg for The Catastrophic Theatre and has previously worked on Snow White, Trevor, The Designated Mourner (both the 2010 and 2017 productions), Song About Himself, Buried Child, Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), The Hunchback Variations, Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy, The Danube, Waiting for Godot, Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood, and Our Late Night. Rob is the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston and the Executive Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) where he is also the Literary Director. He serves as head of the BFA program in Playwriting/Dramaturgy at UH and is a recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. Outside of his ongoing dramaturgy positions with The Catastrophic Theatre and HSF, Rob’s freelance professional dramaturgy credits include productions at the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Harlem Stage, 4th Wall Theatre, and the Classical Theatre Company, among others. Rob’s scholarly writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is co-editor of the book Public Theatres and Theatre Publics, the Book Review Editor for the journal Theatre History Studies, and a recipient of the Robert A. Schanke Theatre History Research Award. Favorite productions as a director include: The Rehearsal, Henry VI Part 2, The Government Inspector, On the Verge, and the premieres of UH student-written plays The Narrator, Brick Wall, The End of Side A, Cuckoo, Thicker than Honey, and Winners. He is the author of the play Specks, available through Samuel French, Inc.