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Department of Theatre Arts

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn
Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor
PHONE: (208) 885-6465
FAX: (208) 885-2558
E-MAIL: theatre@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

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Robert C. Caisley

Office: Shoup 230
Phone: (208) 885-7399
Email: rcaisley@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Theatre Arts Department - University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2008
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2008

Department of Theatre Arts
Professor of Theatre
Head of Dramatic Writing Program

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2001

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • New Play Development
    • Native American Playwrights
    • Contemporary American and European Drama
    • Theatre and Film of the Holocaust
    • Devised Theatre
  • Biography

    Robert Caisley is a Professor of Theatre and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho.  He served as Idaho Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director from 2001- 2004, and has worked in the entertainment industry as a Creative Consultant for The History Channel, Triage Entertainment, and for North by Northwest Productions, Netter Digital Entertainment and New Wave Entertainment.  He served as a script reader for Mahagonny Pictures and Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.  Robert 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, 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.

  • Selected Publications



    • 2009, Kissing, New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL.
    • 2008, Kissing, Theatre Artists Studio, Phoenix, AZ.
    • 2008, Push, World Premiere, Penn State University School of Theatre, PA.
    • 2008, Letters to an Alien, Gretna Players Drama Club, Gretna, VA.
    • 2007, Santa Fe, SLAMBoston, Another Country Productions & Company One, Boston, MA.
    • 2007, Kissing, Bailiwick Theatre 20th Annual Directors Festival, Chicago, IL.
    • 2007, Santa Fe, Kokopelli Theatre Co., Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK.
    • 2006, Letters to an Alien, Greenville College, Greenville, IL.
    • 2006, The Apology, Walking The Wire Festival, Riverside Theatre, Iowa.
    • 2006, Santa Fe, The Appetite Theatre, Chicago, IL.
    • 2006, Santa Fe, Madhouse Theatre Company at the Adrienne Theatre, Philadelphia, PA.
    • 2005, *Letters to an Alien, Young Actors’ Company, Saskatchewan Regional Drama Festival and on tour, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
    • 2005, The Lake, Mill Mountain Theatre, Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works, Roanoke, VA.
    • 2005, Santa Fe, The Theatre Studio, Inc. Playtime Series, New York, NY.
    • 2005, Santa Fe, Hudson/StageWorks, One-Act Play Festival, Hudson, NY.
    • 2005, Three Wishes, Heartland Theatre Company, 10-Minute Play Festival, Bloomington, IL.
    • 2005, The Apology, The Cardboard Box Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA.


    • 2009, Trio With Flute by Richard Warren, Theatre Artists Studio, Phoenix, AZ.
    • 2008, Tartuffe by Moliere, University of Idaho
    • 2008, New Works Festival (Trio With Flute by Richard Warren), University of Idaho
    • 2007, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Idaho Repertory Theatre
    • 2007, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, University of Idaho
    • 2007, New Works Festival (Myth of Maria The Virgin by Ulrike Rosser), University of Idaho
    • 2006, Lend me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig, Idaho Repertory Theatre
    • 2005, HUSH: Interview with America by James Still, Idaho Repertory Theatre
    • 2005, The Underpants by Steve Martin, Idaho Repertory Theatre
    • 2004, The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Idaho Repertory Theatre


    • "Western Mentality," MIZNA: A Journal of Arab-American Literature, 2008
    • Best Women’s Monologues, Book II, Edited by Gerald Lee Ratfliff (SUNY Postsdam), Meriwether Publishing, Ltd, Colorado Springs, CO, 2008. Includes monologues from Kissing.
    • Santa Fe, Oregon Literary Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2006.
    • Article, “On Universality: Storytelling in the Courtroom,” Rhode Island Association for Justice News, January 2008
  • Outreach Projects
    • Guest Artist, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK, 2008
    • Guest Artist, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, NE, 2008
    • Guest Playwright, Penn State University, School of Theatre, 2006 - 2008
    • Guest Playwright, New Works Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, 2007
    • Guest Artist, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK, 2007
    • Play Lab Participant, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK, 2006
    • Guest Playwright, Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works, Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA, 2005
    • Guest Playwright, Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works, Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA, 2004

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