Professor of Theater
Theater And Dance
608 Memorial Hall
Davis Robinson teaches acting, directing, and courses in Theater Styles, Comedy, Improvisation, Ensemble Devising, Physical Theater, and Shakespeare. He has worked professionally as an actor and director around New England for over twenty years in film, television, and on stage. He often directs for The Shakespeare Theater at Monmouth, most recently Blithe Spirit, Antony and Cleopatra, and Arsenic and Old Lace. This summer he will be directing their production of the American classic, Our Town. In 2007 he was movement coach for the world premiere of Leslie Epstein’s King of the Jews in Boston. Next year he will be directing Waiting for Godot at the Theater Project in Brunswick, and working with the Columbian-American clown trio, The Fabulous Problemas. Recent shows for Bowdoin include End of Summer, A Little Night Music, Enemy of the People, and Angels In America.
He trained in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, and is particularly interested in movement-based theater, forgotten American plays, and the creation of original productions adapted from films, novels, and current events.
For several years he worked closely at Emerson College with renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. He is also founder and artistic director of the award-winning Beau Jest Moving Theater with whom he acts, writes, directs, and tours nationwide, including runs Off-Broadway and appearances at Lincoln Center and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Beau Jest recently staged two Tennessee Williams world-premieres for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, and toured the rarely seen original one-act, Ten Blocks on the Camino Real. Professor Robinson’s book The Physical Comedy Handbook was published by Heinemann in 1999. His current research interests include Tennessee Williams, objects in action, and new methods for combining text and physicality in the devising process. Davis studied movement and improvisation for many years with Tony Montanaro at the Celebration Barn Theater, where he continues to teach workshops most summers.