“People unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grow beyond their work, walk up the stairs of their concepts, and emerge ahead of their accomplishments.”
-The Grapes of Wrath
Much like these words from John Steinbeck’s literary classic, theatre requires an actor to go beyond the character they play, the work they do and connect to the words of the script beyond the page.
Robert Foulk, assistant professor and director of Performance Studies , takes students studying the art of theatre on an epic journey off the page of the one retold in the scripts they study. Foulk believes in the organic nature of theatre by learning with students and studying tirelessly to improve his craft so that he may pass on that knowledge.
Foulk has traveled to Lennox, Mass. to study with the prestigious Shakespeare and Company on the music and architecture of the verse. He teaches Shakespeare Literature and Elizabethan acting styles, bringing this extraordinary experience to the classroom, giving Avila students an education unique in the area.
Foulk has emerged beyond the accomplishments of his seasoned career in theatre as an educator preparing others to succeed. He served as an equity stage manager and director working for the Unicorn Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, The American Heartland Theatre, Theatre for Young America, The Kansas City Rep and the world renowned Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Foulk's favorite playwrights include Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel and David Lindsay-Abaire. He received his bachelor of arts from California State-Long Beach and his masters of fine arts from Florida State University.