Bob May
Bob May Bob May began his theatre career as an actor in 1967 doing a small role in Kiss Me Kate at Ft. Lauderdale (FL) High School. Acting took a back seat to directing while he earned a BA in theatre from St. Cloud (MN) State University in 1972.
Since that time he has directed over 350 productions at various educational, community, and professional theatres around the country. In 1982, his production of Chicago was voted one of the Top Ten Shows of the year by The Minneapolis Star and Tribune. During his tenure as a director he was also writing plays. In the 1970's his play Magic Boots of Buffalo Leather was produced by the Metropolitan Children's Theatre, Minneapolis, MN and Totino-Grace High School, Fridley, MN. In 1985, his play Paul Bunyan, Lumberjack Extraordinaire was produced by The Paul Bunyan Festival, Brainerd, MN. Bob taught at Brainerd Community College (renamed Central Lakes College) from 1985 through 1991 where his plays The Three Little Pigs, 1988; and Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine, 1989, were produced. The latter is now published by Samuel French, Inc. and has had hundreds of productions around the world. In 1990, Mr. May was commissioned to write an AIDS play for a seminar. The result was The Andrew is Dead Story, published by I. E. Clark, Inc. In the Fall of 1991 Bob entered the MFA playwriting program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, under the mentor ship of Jerry L. Crawford and Davey Marlin-Jones. In May of 1994, Bob graduated with an MFA in playwriting from UNLV. During his tenure at UNLV the university theatre produced eight of his plays, including Faces; For the Love of a Woman; and The Clown, The Penguin, and The Princess. During that time, his A Different Kind of Nutcracker was produced by The Up North Family Theatre in Brainerd, MN. His plays Broadway Memories and 9th Inning Wedding are published in the text book, The Golden Stage by Ann McDonough, Ph.D. 9th Inning Wedding is also published by I. E. Clark, Inc. Even though Mr. May has the Playwriting MFA, he still considers himself to be a director. A director who writes plays. Bob moved to Arkansas in 1991 and was an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for eight years. At present Bob teaches Theatre, Speech, and Playwriting at the University of Central Arkansas and at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. He has also taught at the Mountview Theatre School in London, England.
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