Rob Caisley

headshot-Caisley_RROBERT CAISLEY is Professor of Theatre and Head of Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho. His plays have been performed across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and translated into Italian and French. In the past 18 months, his most recently published play Lucky Me has been produced at such theatres as New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre in Denver, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, The Modern Theatre in Spokane and Star Hall in Northamptonshire in the U.K. His last play Happy, first presented at the National New Play Network Annual Showcase of New Plays at InterACT Theatre in Philadelphia, was a 2012 Finalist for both the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama at Bloomington Playwrights Project, and was selected for a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2012/2013 season at New Theatre (Miami, FL), Montana Repertory Theatre (Missoula, MT), 6th Street Playhouse (Santa Rosa, CA), New Jersey Repertory and Redtwist Theatre (Chicago, IL) where it was named by Chicago magazine as one of the “Nine Best Comedies” of the season. Happy was later nominated for a 2014 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Script and won the 2014 SOTA Award for Best Play in Northern California, and the 2014 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Theatre Award for Best New Work. Caisley is a 2015-2016 Fellow in the Performing Arts from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and received the University of Idaho’s 2015 Excellence in Creativity Award. He is currently at work on two new plays: & Juliet which has been optioned by the New Jersey Repertory Company, and A Masterpiece of Comic … Timing! currently in production at B Street Theatre in Sacramento.