Robert Wighs


Transition Programs Coordinator


Born in Fairbanks, Robert is thrilled to be back to the place he calls home after years of pursuing higher education and theatre in the lower-48.  In 2009, Robert earned his BA in Theatre from Kansas State University, and upon graduating spent an inspiring winter, quick spring, and beautiful summer back in Fairbanks where he worked with the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre.

Rejuvenated by the land of the midnight sun, Robert went on to receive his MFA in Theatre Directing from Texas State University. His theatrical endeavors have paired him with the Great Plains Theatre, Austin Shakespeare Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, the FronteraFest, and many other places as an actor, director, playwright, and teacher.

Most recently, Robert joins UAF from the University of Washington where he is a doctoral candidate in the School of Drama’s PhD program in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism. His research focuses on cross-cultural collaboration, Alaska Native Theatre, and how organizational structures affect meaning making in the theatre.

All that said, Robert loves hitting the ski trails at UAF, walking his dog at Creamer’s Field, spending time with his family, and is always – always – down for a cup of coffee and a mystery novel.