Robert Kelley

Robert Kelley


A Bay Area native and Stanford University graduate, Robert Kelley founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has been its Artistic Director ever since. He has directed over 150 TheatreWorks productions, including many world or regional premieres. In 2012, he received the Silicon Valley Arts Council’s Legacy Laureate Award for his lifetime of artistic achievement. The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (BATCC) also presented him with both their Paine Knickerbocker award for lifetime achievement and for his

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

This was an extraordinary honor, made all the more meaningful as it was the first award in this category.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I could say ?Same work - Artistic Director at TheatreWorks.? I founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and it?s been an incredible journey watching the company, our art, my art, theatre art grow over time. We?re part of the growth and change in the region. I continue to experience things in the theatre that I?ve never seen or heard before.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

In your life, in your work: Say something.

Exceptional work, financially challenged