ROBERT CAISLEY (Playwright) Robert Caisley is Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho where he oversees new play development, and teaches courses in playwriting and various topics in classic and contemporary theatre. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His latest play Lucky Me has just been optioned by New Jersey Repertory Company, Curious Theatre in Denver, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA and Oregon Contemporary Theatre, and will enjoy an NNPN Rolling World Premiere in the 2014-15 season. His last play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays was a 2012 Finalist for both the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama at Bloomington Playwrights Project, and was selected for a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2012/2013 season at New Theatre (Miami, FL), Montana Repertory Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA) and New Jersey Repertory. Happy has just been nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script. Other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL; Phoenix Theatre New Play Festival, Phoenix, AZ), The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; Lavender Footlights Festival, Miami, FL), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), Push (commissioned by Penn State University), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA; London's Royal Court Theatre, Summer Playwrights Program), Front (Sundance Institute's Playwright's Lab), Kite's Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (optioned by Flying Eagle Films, Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, which was a Finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in Miami in 2012. His plays Front and Happy have just been published by Samuel French, Inc. His latest play & Juliet was developed this summer in residency at the Missoula Writers Colony with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Arts Commission, and received a developmental reading at New Theatre in Miami. He is currently under commission for Clarence Brown Theatre. Caisley served as Interim Artistic Director for Idaho Repertory Theatre from 2001 – 2005, where he directed such plays as Much Ado About Nothing, The Rivals, Lend Me a Tenor, Wild Oats, HUSH: Interview with America, The Underpants and Biloxi Blues. He has worked in the entertainment industry as a Creative Consultant for The History Channel, Triage Entertainment, and also for North by Northwest Productions, Netter Digital Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment and Mahagonny Pictures. Since 2007 he has been on the National Reading Panel for Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West. Caisley has been a guest speaker at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of the Arts, San Diego State University, Marquette University, Washington State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Montana, Northern Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, Denison University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Howard University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Bradley University, Cal State - San Bernardino, Rockford College, and American University in Washington, D.C. Robert was lead teaching artist and dramaturg for the 2010 and 2011 Alaska Native Playwrights Project and production dramaturg for the Native Voices/Montana Repertory Theatre developmental co-production of Carolyn Dunn's The Frybread Queen. In 2011 he directed the Los Angeles Premiere of The Frybread Queen and directed staged readings of The Birdhouse by Diane Glancy at La Jolla Playhouse for the 2011 Native Voices Festival of New Works and at the 2012 Native Voices Festival held in Los Angeles. He recently directed the LA World Premiere of The Birdhouse for Native Voices at the Autry National Center. His work is published by Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing Company, One-Act Play Depot of Canada, the Western States Theatre Review and Mizna: A Journal of Arab-American Literature.

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