Bob Gainer, an MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama taught at Bucknell for 23 years and cites the "family atmosphere" at the University as a wonderful backdrop for the theater program. "Theater is a collaborative art form," he says. "It thrives in a collective community that is mutually supportive and creative. It has been wonderful to work with people who are so passionately committed to theater."
Gainer, who directed 26 plays on campus, says two of his favorite productions were Never in My Lifetime and Spring Awakening, at the beginning and ending of his Bucknell career, respectively. "It's been an extraordinary experience," he says. "I am very privileged to have had this kind of job. What could be better than to help students develop their creative selves and make art?"
Gainer has directed regionally at The Yale Repetory Theatre in New Haven, The American Place Theatre, Theatre at St. Clements, and TheatreWorks USA in New York City, The Peterborough Players, and at The Library of Congress. He has directed U.S. premieres of new works by both British and American playwrights.
Bob has performed with The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, The Omaha Magic Theatre and The Mabou Mines Experimental Theatre Company.
Previous to his years at Bucknell, Bob taught and directed at Smith & Hampshire Colleges, The Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, The Hartford Stage Company and The Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute.