Robert Quinlan

Guest Artist, Director

Robert Quinlan is a professional stage director and the Head of Directing at Purdue University. Recent directing projects include Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet and Richard III at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; the world premiere of The Magic Bicycle by John Olive at First Stage Milwaukee; Of Debt and the Maidens, #thisrocks, and #wink with Chicago’s Fifth House Music Ensemble; and The Maids (in Mandarin) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. As a Guest Director and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he directed Killer Joe, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, The Illusion, and 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. He was the Associate Producer for the Documentary Feature Film The Actual, Authentic Version of Who You Say I Am (Official Selection, Louisville International Festival of Film), based on his own play, And I Remember. For several seasons, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education for Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. He was the Assistant Director on the Broadway production of Superior Donuts and The Tempest at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Robert Quinlan holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University.