Penn State Harrisburg

Robinson honored at investiture into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre

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Dr. Kathryn Robinson, director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities and professor of theatre and humanities, a native of Beaver, PA, was recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Along with Robinson, seven additional individuals were honored in the formal investiture, including Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and president of Disney Productions Worldwide, Thomas C. Schumacher.

The College recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the evolution of the American theatre.  With her induction, Robinson will be identified as a lifelong fellow of the College.

With credentials in theatre and arts administration, she has fostered diversity and internationalism throughout her career by promoting exploration of these issues through the arts, travel, and service learning. An active advocate, she has served on several boards and committees that foster accessibility to the arts and humanities for the general public and especially for culturally deprived areas and constituencies.

Robinson’s specialties include the creative side of theatre, acting, and directing. She has demonstrated her expertise in more than 100 theatre, television and film productions at the campus, regional and national levels. Among her most prized honors is the Kennedy Center Award of Excellence for portraying Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" for the American College Theater Festival, at the urging of the role’s initial star, Uta Hagen.

In addition to founding the National Partners of the American Theatre, a national foundation to support the next generation of theatre artists, she has been active in professional organizations including the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival (KC/ACTF), the American Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Southwest Theatre Association. Her connection to KC/ACTF began in the organization's inaugural year when she participated as a student actor and has continued through her service as national chair and beyond. She served the organization as an officer at the state, regional and national levels. As national chair, she traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe in support of excellence in theatre arts in higher education. 

Robinson joined Penn State Harrisburg in July 2003, after serving as dean of Arts and Letters at Northeastern State University and Southern Oregon University, and as director of the School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University.  She studied at Louisiana Tech University, Southern Illinois University, Texas Tech University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

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