Robert Shimko is assistant professor of theater history and dramaturgy at the University of Houston, where he heads the M.A. program in theatre studies as well as the B.F.A. degree track in playwrighting/dramaturgy. Professor 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. He has been named Senior Dramaturg of the Houston Shakespeare Festival.