Rob Lauer is an award-winning playwright, theatrical and television director, actor and TV talk show host.
Robâ€™s first play, â€śDigger,â€ť won the 1982 Mayhew Award; was produced to critical acclaim that same year, was published in 1988, and republished in 2013. In 1990, he became the first playwright to win both the Best Play of the Year Award (for his satire, â€śTom and Pennyâ€™s Yard Partyâ€ť) and the Paul T. Nolan Award (for his urban drama, â€śThe Church Street Fantasyâ€ť) at the Deep South Writers conference.
In 1998, the Richmond Shakespeare Festival commissioned Rob to write the original script for the outdoor drama, â€śFirst Landing: 1607.â€ť In 2003, he was commissioned to write the historical musical, â€śFirst Freedom,â€ť with Emmy-Award winning composer Sam Cardon. In 2013, the Cherokee Historical Association/Unto These Hills commissioned him to write the musical, â€śChief Little Will.â€ť
Rob's other professionally produced and published plays include the musical, â€śMy Joâ€ť (based on the works of Louisa May Alcott), â€śThe Emperor's New Clothes,â€ť â€śHuck Finn,â€ť the comedy â€śGeeks & Gangstersâ€ť (inspired by the true story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shusterâ€”the Cleveland teenagers who, during the 1930â€™s, created Superman) and the critically-acclaimed musical, â€śA Southern Christmas Carol.â€ť
Rob's New York City theatrical credits include: three years as an actor with the acclaimed Prince Street Players; four years as Artistic Director of Sail Productions, Inc.; two years as Head Writer/Production Manager of MGA Films, Inc., and three years as Artistic Director of Cotton Hall Productions. From 2002 through 2005, he served as Artistic Director of â€śSwamp Gravyâ€ťâ€”the State of Georgia's Official Folk-Life Play. From 1997 through 2003, he served as Associate Director of the nation's oldest and largest annual outdoor drama,â€śThe Hill Cumorah Pageantâ€ť in Palmyra, New York.
Since 2011, Rob has been producer and host of two TV shows, â€śPortsmouth Nowâ€ť and â€śMuseum Moments,â€ť on PCTVâ€”the official television channel of the City of Portsmouth.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Rob has taught playwriting, screenwriting, acting, theatrical design and theatrical directing at University of the Pacific (Stockton, California), Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Co.) and Western Wyoming College (Rock Springs, Wy.). His 2015 production of â€śThe Hobbitâ€ť at Colorado State University won two Kennedy Center Awards.