Robinson to Head USC Acting MFA ProgramBy Michelle
November 23, 2004 - 6:50 PM
The University of Southern California has announced that Andrew Robinson, who played Garak on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and who has directed episodes of several Star Trek series, will direct the master of fine arts program in acting at the School of Theatre beginning in 2006.
The Daily Trojan reported that while the program is being redesigned and must be approved by the university curriculum review board, plans are underway to revive the MFA acting program along the lines of those at Yale, New York University and other top drama departments.
Robinson said that his challenge would be to create a three-year acting training program that would give students both experience and a sense of their core abilities and interests. "A faculty is like a theater ensemble," he said. "We should all be on one page, with the same values; meaning those people who respect the values of theatrical experience."
A graduate of the New School in New York and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Robinson starred in movies like Dirty Harry, appeared on numerous television shows and was a founding member of the Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles. A stage director and a writer - he wrote a novel about Garak, A Stitch in Time - Robinson plans to direct Playboy of the Western World at USC's Bing Theatre in February.