Robert Shimko is the Director of the UH School of Theatre & Dance and the Executive Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. He is also assistant professor of playwriting and dramaturgy at the University of Houston. Shimko’s scholarly writing has been widely published in numerous journals and magazines. In 2008, he received the Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference. As a professional dramaturg, his credits include productions at the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Harlem Stage, Stages Repertory Theatre, and the Catastrophic Theatre. In 2012 he received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award, one of UH’s highest faculty honors. He received his Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota in 2006.