February 18, 2013
College Communications and Marketing
Robert Shea, Saint Anselm's director of special events and director of the Dana Center for the Humanities, received the Francis Grover Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the theatre. The award is given to someone who has left a positive and indelible mark on the New Hampshire theatre community. He was honored in January by the N.H. Theatre Awards.
In addition to being the creative force behind Saint Anselm College's many seasons of international performance programming, Shea has been the artistic director and producer for the historic Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, N.H. for the past seven years. He has worked with the company for 32 years as an actor, director and designer/technician.
Shea also served from 1996-2000 as vice president for academic affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, helping to develop the institute's four-year bachelor of fine arts program in the visual arts. From 1983-95, he was executive/artistic director of the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
Shea holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting and directing from the University of Memphis.
According to Rick Broussard, of the N.H. Theatre Awards, "People tell stories about working with Bob, always with tones of deep respect and admiration. Obviously, Bob has many years to continue his good influences on people and on the theatre scene, but already his legacy is intact with the generations of young actors and creators he has inspired."
Shea says, "It has been a wonderful creative path. Fortunately, Saint Anselm College has been supportive of my active life as a director and producer and allowed it to complement my work at the Dana Center."