Robert Encila


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Born and raised in the Philippines, Robert Encila began singing and dancing to an audience at an early age. He was a consummate performer who turned professional before graduating from high school, taking on lead roles in Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar, playing guitar with a band in various clubs, and touring his native islands as a member of a dance troupe.

Robert moved to the Unites States in 1980, and in 1986 graduated from the University of Arizona on a full fine arts scholarship. He became a founding member of Your Own Wings: An American Cabaret,” which developed a line-up of original theatre performances that fused poetry, song, and dance.

In the 1990’s Robert turned his focus on songwriting and sound recordings while teaching acting classes in both secondary and college levels. He also joined an Afro-Cuban dance band as a lead singer, a brief two-year stint that showcased his ability to sing a challenging Latin repertoire.

Robert is an accomplished stage director with over forty productions under his belt. As an actor, he is highly instinctive and versatile, playing significant roles in productions of A Normal Heart, Pippin, Othello, Man of La Mancha, Mixed Messages, Conjunto, and the world premier of A Visitor’s Guide to Arivaca, a daring Borderlands Theater production featured recently by American Theatre Magazine for its groundbreaking account of the immigration battles in the southwest.

With his wife, Ginny, Robert owns and directs Studio Connections, a fine arts center dedicated to high quality arts education for youth and adults. He and Ginny have three lovely daughters: Alexandra, Catherine, and Maya.