Department Chair, Associate Professor
Church Fine Arts 155A
Rob Gander received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and his Masters of Fine Art with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Montana in Missoula. For eight years Rob was a professor at Denison University, a highly selective liberal arts college located in Granville, Ohio. He joined the University of Nevada, Reno as an Associate Professor in the Speech Communication and Theatre department in the fall of 2007. He teaches courses in acting and directing and serves as a director for Nevada Repertory Company.
Trained in the realistic mode of performance associated with the Stanislavksi System and the American Method, in recent years, his scholarship and creative activity has focused on style and theatricality. Recent scholarship explores the collaborative process of devising new work with playwrights.
Rob serves as the Artistic Director for Roundelay Theatre Company which has performed original work in both Chicago, and New York City. He is a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and regularly serves as a respondent for the American College Theatre Festival.
In the fall of 2008 Rob began a four year term as the Chair of the Speech Communication and Theatre Department. On July 1, 2010 the department reorganized into the Department of Theatre and Dance which he continues to Chair.