Bob has been a dramaturg and director in the Canadian theatre for over forty years, having played a significant role in the development of Canadian plays including the work of Paul Ledoux, George F. Walker, Brad Fraser, Eugene Stickland and Stephen Massicotte, among many others. In January of 2013, he was appointed Director of New Plays at the Stratford Festival after four seasons as a consulting director. At Stratford, Bob was dramaturg on Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny, Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid, Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife, Michel Marc Bouchard’s Christina, The Girl King, John Murrell’s Taking Shakespeare and the Jillian Keiley productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Bob was Artistic Director at Alberta Theatre Projects for nine years, where he headed the annual Enbridge playRites Festival of New Plays. He was Co-director at Banff Playwrights Colony (1997-2009), Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, Toronto, (1978-87) and Dramaturge, Playwrights Workshop Montreal (1975-78).
Bob has also directed more than 75 productions and has received eight nominations and three wins for “Outstanding Direction” at Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards. Other awards include membership in the Order of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Calgary, and The Diamond Jubilee Medal.