Master of Fine Arts, University of Louisville, Acting
Bachelor of Arts, Wheaton College, Communications
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Acting I, Acting III (Periods and Styles), Acting V (Scene Study: Chekhov Technique), Acting for Non-Majors, Directing II, Improvisation, Script & Character Analysis, Senior Project, Shakespeare in Performance, Actor's Lab
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
My faith is central to who I am as a person. I love being in an environment where I can share that as a natural part of my teaching. The faculty, staff and students at AU are infinitely interesting. This is a lovely campus, especially in the fall and spring. I love the oak trees in front of Merritt!
Hiking, watching movies, cooking (when I have time), bluegrass/roots music, thrift shopping
Notable achievements outside of discipline
Husband and father. Married for 24 years with a 17- year-old daughter, Katie.
People might be interested to know I...
I was born in Danang, Vietnam during the height of the Vietnam War. My grandfather Robert Ziemer was a missionary martyr who was killed during the Tet Offensive in 1968 in the highland village of Ban me Thuot. I grew up in Southeast Asia as the son of missionaries and moved to the United States when I was 18 to go to college.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
Surprising. Creative. Open and supportive.
In more than twenty years as an actor, director and theatre educator, Robert has worked on multiple productions for universities and professional organizations. He has served in leadership roles for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and is the artistic director for the AU Repertory Theatre which focuses on local high school students. He has a certificate of completion from the Michael Chekhov Association.
Robert has received special note from the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for five of his productions including The Tempest, The Imaginary Invalid, The Misanthrope, Mother Courage and Saint Joan. Favorite acting roles have included Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Morris in The Heiress, Stephen in Arlene Hutton's play Running and Ulee in Sharr White’s Annapurna. Robert has done commercial work for clients including Lowe's Home Improvement and American Express.
“I am committed to excellence in theatre arts,” he says, “but I am also passionate about the growth of each of the students entrusted to my care as individuals.”
Robert wishes prospective students knew more about his discipline. “I believe that the study of theatre arts has the potential to make us more compassionate and vibrant human beings who have the skills needed to make a difference in our world. Whether you go to a career on Broadway or a career in ministry or business, what you learn in the theatre about creativity, adaptability, work ethic, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics will serve you well.”