College of Visual and Performing Arts

Robert Shoquist, M.F.A.

Robert Shoquist, Technical Director: TheatreTechnical Director

Office: WT 150A
Phone: 260-481-6556
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Robert Shoquist holds a M.F.A. in stage design for scenic and lighting from Northwestern University (2010) and a B.A. in directing & design from Boise State University (2006.)

Most recently Robert served as the Scenic Supervisor and resident scenic designer for the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre (FWCT) where he designed more than 25 productions including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek The Musical, Les Misérables, A Few Good Men, Cabaret and Spamalot. During his time at FWCT he managed all aspects of scenic production, supervising the scenic artist, prop master, technical interns, stage management teams, volunteer staff, and build, strike and backstage crews. Also at FWCT, Robert directed The Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, performed on stage in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and served as a member of the artistic committee.

Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, Robert was the resident Scenic Designer/Technical Director at the Allenberry Playhouse, in Boiling Springs Pennsylvania. Credits there included My Fair Lady, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Midlife! The Crisis Musical, Over the River & Through the Woods, Not Now, Darling, and No Sex Please, We’re British.

He worked as a freelance professional in New York, Chicago, West Virginia and Idaho. Other design credits include Ghost Girl (Workshop Theatre, NYC), Marry Me A Little (Harbor Lights Theater, NYC), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Nunsense, The Honky Tonk Angels (West Virginia Public Theatre), Lucid (Diamante Productions, Chicago), Murder in Green Meadows (Citadel Theatre, Chicago.)

In 2009, Robert was an invited participant at Ming Cho Lee’s Stage Design “Clambake” at Lincoln Center in New York City. He received the Kennedy Center/ACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for Scenic Design in 2004 for Life is a Dream and in 2005 for Proof.  Photographs of his production work are found in Theatre Lives by Leslie Durham and Sally Shedd (2009) and Directing In Musical Theatre: an Essential Guide by Joe Deer (2013.)