Theatre

Rick Roemer

Professor of Theatre

Areas of expertise
Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre

Rick Roemer is Professor of Theatre at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University. He came to SU from California where he was Director of Theatre for Antelope Valley College. After receiving his doctorate in Theatre History/ Theory/ Criticism and Directing from UCLA, he stayed on to teach and direct at UCLA. Rick has directed over 30 productions and as an actor has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in national tours, regional theaters, day-time soaps, and commercials.

BA, University of California at Santa Barbara

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles


Courses: Spring 2014

Paideia Seminar 3B
Introduction to Acting
Directing for the Theatre

Research

Rick Roemer

Southwestern University

Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Department of Theatre

Georgetown, Texas

512-863-1548

roemerr@southwestern.edu

 

3310 Lafayette Avenue

Austin, Texas  78722

512-657-1314

rdroemer@grandecom.net

 

EDUCATION

1995    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation:  Charles Ludlam:  The Thief of Bad Gags.  A Serious Look at a Ridiculous Aesthetic

 

1977    B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

 Theatre (Acting concentration)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company

A Critical Analysis of 29 Plays

McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 1998

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2000 ? 2010:  Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

Professor, Department of Theatre

 

2000-2010:  Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

Chair/Artistic Director, Department of Theatre

 

1996-2000:  Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, California

Associate Professor/Director of Theatre

1995-1996:  Antelope Valley College * Lancaster, California - Adjunct Professor

1994-1995:  University of California, Los Angeles - Visiting Assistant Professor ?

1991-1994:  University of California, Los Angeles - Teaching Associate ?

1989-1992:  Academy of Visual and Performing Arts * Los Angeles, California ?Instructor

COURSES TAUGHT

Southwestern University        

Script Analysis

Advanced

Directing

Theatre History

Theatre Appreciation

Directing Fundamentals

Advanced Directing

Audition Techniques

Acting Fundamentals

Acting: Realism

Theatre Management

Acting: Departures from Realism

Musical Theatre Workshop

 

Antelope Valley College

Theatre Appreciation

Theatre History

Acting Fundamentals

Scene Study

Advanced Acting

Directing

Musical Theatre Workshop

Audition Techniques

 

University of California, Los Angeles

Directing

Theatre History

Advanced Acting Workshop

Acting Fundamentals

 

Academy of Visual And Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Workshop

Acting for the Camera

 

PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

DIRECTING

2011    The 1940s Radio Hour, Southwestern University

2011    Bittersuite: Songs of Experience, Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, Bulgaria

2010    Urinetown:  Southwestern University (opens March 3, 2010)

2009    Ky Ky Komedia:  Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatro, Smolyan, Bulgaria

2009    The Rocky Horror Show:  Southwestern University

2008    This Is Not A Pipe Dream:  Southwestern University (Theatre For Young Audiences)

2008    For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls:  Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatro, Smolyan, Bulgaria

2008    Fiddler on the Roof:  Southwestern University

2007    Seussical:  Southwestern University (Theatre For Young Audiences)

2006    Company:  Southwestern University

2005    The Glass Menagerie:  Southwestern University

2005    The Maids:  Southwestern University

2005    Hair:  Southwestern University

2004    Curtain Up, Light The Lights:  Southwestern University

2003   Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde:  Southwestern University

2003    Little Shop of Horrors:   Texas State University at San Marcos

2002    Cabaret:   Southwestern University

2002    Grease:   Southwestern University Summer Stage Repertory Theatre

2002    Dames At Sea:   Southwestern University Summer Stage Repertory Theatre

2001    The Cherry Orchard:   Southwestern University

2000    Godspell:   Southwestern University

2000    Little Shop of Horrors:  Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1999    Alice in Wonderland (The Manhattan Theatre Project):  Antelope Valley College

1999    Man of La Mancha:  Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1999    A Midsummer Night?s Dream:   Antelope Valley College

1999    Baby with the Bathwater:  Antelope Valley College

1998    The Miracle Worker:  Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1998    You Can't Take It With You:  Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1997    Hair:  Antelope Valley College

1997    The Goodbye Girl:   Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1997    The Illusion:  Antelope Valley College

1996    Oklahoma:   Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1996    The Emperor?s New Clothes:  Antelope Valley College

1995    The Importance of Being Earnest:  UCLA

1994    Baby With The Bathwater:  UCLA

1993    The Maids:  UCLA

1993    Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde:  UCLA

1992    The Revenger?s Tragedy:  UCLA

1991    ?dentity Crisis:   UCLA

1991    A Talent To Amuse:  The Back Alley Theatre, Los Angeles

1990    Tune the Grand Up!:  The Back Alley Theatre, Los Angeles

1988-   Bittersuite: Songs of Experience:  The Back Alley Theatre, Los Angeles

 

SAMPLE OF ACTING ROLES

2011    Krapp, Krapp?s Last Tape, Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, Bulgaria

2011    Krapp, Krapp?s Last Tape, Fourthworld Theatre Projects/FronterFest ? Austin, TX

2011    Littlechap, Stop the World I Want To Get Off,  Austin Playhouse

2011    Lady Bracknell, The Importance of Being Earnest:  Austin Playhouse

2010    Baritone, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Austin Playhouse

2008    Antonio Salieri,  Amadeus:  Austin Playhouse

2007    Andre Huguenet:, Exits and Entrances:  Austin Playhouse

2006    Lancaster, Richard III:  Austin Shakespeare Festival

2006    Alfie Byrne, A Man Of No Importance:  Southwestern University (opens 3/31/06)

2005    Cratchitt, Marley, Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol:  The State Theatre

2005    Bob ?Whiplash? McCord, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune: 

            University of Texas (World Premiere)

2005    John Jasper, The Mystery of Edwin Drood:  Austin Playhouse

2004    Cratchitt, Marley, Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol:  The State Theatre

2004    Oberon, A Midsummer Night?s Dream:  Austin Shakespeare Festival

2002    Orsino, Twelfth Night:   Austin Shakespeare Festival

1998    Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha:  Lancaster Performing Arts Center

1987    Baritone,  Bittersuite: Songs of Experience:  Plush Room, San Francisco

1989    Baritone, Bittersuite: Songs of Experience:  Back Alley Theatre, Los Angeles

1987    10 Male Roles, Groucho:  A Life in Revue  (directed by Arthur Marx):  The Pasadena Playhouse

1988    Co-Star, Wildest Dreams:  Pilot for Lorimar & NBC

1987    Featured,  Santa Barbara:  New World Productions

1987    Bagot, Cromwell:   The Globe Playhouse, Los Angeles

1987    Chamberlain, Henry VIII:  The Globe Playhouse, Los Angeles

1987    Ernst,  Cabaret (w/ Arte Johnson):  Long Beach Civic Light Opera

1987    Ken, The Wonder Years:  Waldo Astoria Theatre, Kansas City, MO

1986    Ensemble,  Tom Foolery:  Burbage Theatre, Los Angeles

1986    Baritone,  Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill:  Zephyr Theatre, Los Angeles

1986    Tarnitz,  The Student Prince:  San Diego Civic Light Opera

1985    James,  Shenandoah (w/ John Raitt):  National Tour

1985    Baritone, Bittersuite: Songs of Experience:  Quaigh Theatre, off-Broadway

1984    Barney, The Middle Ages:  South Jersey Regional Theatre

1984    Bill, The Golden Fleece:  The Actor's Space , off-Broadway

1984    Baritone, Starting Here, Starting Now:  South Jersey Regional Theatre

1983    Vernon, They?re Playing Our Song:  South Jersey Regional Theatre

1983    Baritone,  Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill:  South Jersey Regional Theatre

1982    Leo,  Lunch Hour:  South Jersey Regional Theatre

1981    Casey O?Brien, Boy Meets Boy:  Alcazar Theatre, San Francisco

1980-   Baritone,  Champagne in a Cardboard Cup!:  Plush Room, San Francisco

1979-   Ensemble, Beach Blanket Babylon Goes To The Stars:  Club Fugazi, San Francisco

1978    Aggie,  Best Little Whorehouse in Texas:  St. James Theatre-Broadway

1978    Toby Belch, Twelfth Night:  Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara1976

1976    Ambitioso, The Revenger?s Tragedy,  Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara

1975    Kolenkhov, You Can?t Take It With You:  Lobero  Theatre, Santa Barbara

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

2011    Guest Director/Artist ? Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory,  Smolyan, Bulgaria

2009    Guest Director ? Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatro, Smolyan, Bulgaria

2009    Artist in Residence ? Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, Smolyan, Bulgaria

2008    Artist in Residence ? Rhodopi International Theatre Collective, Smolyan, Bulgaria

2005    Panel Participant? Association of Theatre in Higher Education.  The Director/Designer Collaboration:  San Francisco.

2005    Consultant to Artistic Director of the Austin Shakespeare Festival

2004    Cameo Productions, Producing Artistic Director ? produced world premiere of The Unbearable Marketing of Being by Joshua Lellis (2001 BFA) as part of FronteraFest               Long Fringe at the Blue Theatre.

2003    Cameo Productions, Producing Artistic Director- produced world premiere of Word and Thought by Joshua Lellis (2001 BFA theatre graduate from SU):  Waller Creek             Theatre, Austin

2003    Public Staged Reading ? Alcibides  in Timon of Athens ? Austin Shakespeare Festival at     Book People in Austin, TX

2002    Company member, Austin Shakespeare Festival

2003    Public Staged Reading ? Achilles in Troillus and Cressida  - Austin Shakespeare Festival at  Book People  in Austin, Texas

2003    Solo Performance - An Evening of Musical Theatre, 2002/2003 Broadway series-Lancaster Performing Arts Center

2003    Invited adjudicator ? UIL High School One-Act Festival:  Brenham, Texas

2003    Board of Directors, Capital City Men?s Chorus:  Austin, Texas

2002    Company member, Austin Shakespeare Festival

2002    Production committee and board advisor, The Palace Theatre, Georgetown, Texas

2002   Advisory Board, Theatre Action Project:  Austin, Texas

2002   Invited adjudicator ? UIL High School One-Act Festival:  Brenham, Texas

2002   Invited adjudicator ? UIL High School One-Act Play Festival:  Marble Falls, Texas

2002    Invited adjudicator ? UIL High School One-Act Play Festival:  Tyler, Texas

2002    Theatre Advisory Panel:  Austin Arts Commission

2002     Invited actor, Playworks 2002:  Association of Theatre in Higher Education

2001    World premiere of In The Garden of Flowers

2001     Invited actor, Playworks 2001:  Association of Theatre in Higher Education

            World Premiere of A Question of Color

2000    President, Board of Directors, Theatre Action Project:  Austin, Texas

2000     Theatre grant panel, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

1999    Theatre grant panel, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

1999    ?Audition Techniques?, workshop presented at the American College Theatre Festival:  Las           Vegas, Nevada

1999    ?Making Choices in Acting?, workshop presented at the American College Theatre Festival:  Las Vegas, Nevada

1999    President, Board of Director, Antelope Valley Ballet:  Lancaster, California

1995    Assistant Director - Beethoven Spectacular-Hollywood Bowl

1995    Board of Director - The Onstage Company, Los Angeles, CA

1994-  1995     Personal Assistant to Mel Shapiro:  Assisted the Tony award winning directing and acting coach on two books: An Actor Performs and The Great American        Directing Book.     In addition, I also was the dramaturg on his full-length play, The Wings of Casanova.

1994    Asst. Stage Manager - Commitment to Life, Aids Project Los Angeles: Universal      Amphitheater

1988-1990       Artistic Producing Director - Hearthlight Productions:  Produced and directed four long-running productions in Los Angeles.

1987-1988       Associate Producer - Roemer/Frederick Productions:  Produced the West Coast premiere of the award-winning off-Broadway musical Bittersuite.

1979-1982       Associate Producing Director - Cameo Productions: Co-produced, co-directed and performed in two long-running productions in San Francisco.

 

AWARDS/HONORS/GRANTS

2005    Nominated for Best Performance in a Musical (Mystery of Edwin Drood) Austin Critic?s Table Awards

2004    Nominated for Best Director of a Musical (Hair) ? Austin Critics Table Awards

2003    William B. Jones Fellowship ? Southwestern University (Curtain Up! Light The Lights!)

2003    Nominated for Best Director of a Musical (Grease) ? Austin Critics Table Awards

2001    Nominated for Best Director of a Musical (Godspell) - Austin Critics Table Awards

1994    Edith Koppleson Memorial Fund Award - UCLA

            Granted for artistic merit & outstanding scholarship

1994    James Kearns Memorial Award ? UCLA

            Granted for artistic merit

1994    Dean?s Advisory Panel ? UCLA

            Financial award given to select graduate students by Dean Gilbert Cates for outstanding     leadership and commitment to theatre education.

1994    Teruko Kubota Memorial Scholarship

            Granted for outstanding scholarship and critical studies.


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Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1548 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 210
roemerr@southwestern.edu