THIEL’S NEW BLACK BOX THEATRE TO BE NAMED FOR DR. WILLIAM A. ROBINSON
For immediate release July 27, 2006
PA – In recognition of his vital role in the history of performing arts at Thiel College, the new black box theatre being developed on campus will be named in honor of longtime Thiel College professor and theatre director Dr. William A. Robinson.
Acting upon the recommendation of the anonymous lead donor to the project, Thiel College President and CEO Dr. Lance A. Masters made the announcement Tuesday, July 18, of the decision to designate the new facility as the William Robinson Theatre.
“It is fitting that this building be named for Bill Robinson, whose leadership and dedication has enhanced the Thiel College experience for so many students,” said Thiel College President and CEO Dr. Lance A. Masters. “Bill is responsible for giving our students a unique opportunity to express themselves and showcase their special talents.”
The black box theatre, which will be located adjacent to the William A. Passavant Memorial Center, will be the only one of its kind in the area and will be used by the Thiel Players and the Greenville Area Community Theatre.
The 7,500 square foot steel structure will feature a contemporary interior with flexible seating and staging. The delivery of the building is scheduled for Aug. 14 and construction is expected to be completed by Thiel Homecoming, Oct. 6-8.
Robinson joined the Thiel faculty in 1974 and has served as chair of the performing arts department. As director of The Thiel Players, the college’s dramatic troupe, he has produced works ranging from Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” to contemporary musicals.
Since 1980, Robinson and The Thiel Players have produced “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” during Freshman Orientation Week.
Robinson also directs the Greenville Area Community Theatre. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University, a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.