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Founding Chair of Drama at the University of California at Irvine in 1965, Robert Cohen became the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama in 1982, and the University’s Distinguished Professor of Research in 2015. He is, in roughly equal measure, a director, playwright, translator, drama critic, acting theorist and acting teacher, but is most widely known as the author of two-plus dozen theatre books and three-plus dozen articles on acting, directing and theatre — including Acting One, for the last three decades the best-selling acting text in the United States.

Born in Washington DC in 1938, Cohen took his
undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College
and UC Berkeley, receiving his Doctor of
Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama
in 1965, at which point he joined
the charter faculty of the newly-
founded Irvine campus.
Now retired after 50
years on…

Robert Cohen teaching, UCI, Feb. 2007

Photography by Laurencine Lot
Robert Cohen Teaching, UCI, Feb. 2007