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theater and dance educator

Robert Lee Yowell, American Theater and dance educator ( art: perf., Educated)theater and dance educator. Recipient 2 Obelisks (best direction; mus. comedy) Greater Birmingham Arts Alliance, Alabama, 1982, 84, League award Inland Empire Theratre, Kennedy center award for play El Paso Blue, 1994.


Yowell, Robert Lee was born on July 16, 1941 in St. Louis. Son of Walter J. and Edna Mae (Strandford) Yowell.


AB, Southeast Missouri State University, 1966. Master of Arts, St. Louis University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1971.

Postgraduate, Northwestern University, 1974.


Instructor Florissant Valley College, Missouri, 1967-1968. Teaching fellow Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, 1968-1971. Assistant professor Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, 1971-1973.

Associate professor, chairman department theatre and dance University Arkansas, Little Rock, 1973-1981, University Alabama, Birmingham, 1981-1988. Professor, chair department theatre California State University, San Bernardino, since 1988. Professor theatre Northern Arizona University.

Board directors Birmingham Education Film Festival.


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  • Other Work

    • Editor: Stepping Out: An Introduction to the Arts, 1985. Contributor articles to professional journals. Director 70 play productions.

      Actor various stage, film productions, television commercials and training films.


Active American College Theatre Festival. With United States Army, 1959-1962. Member Alabama Theatre League (treasurer, vice president, president), Southwest Theatre Conference (secretary, vice president 1977-1980), Arkansas Alliance/Arts Education (vice president, president 1976-1977), Conference on Arkansas Theatre (president 1975-1976), Southeast Theatre, American Theatre Association, Southern California Theatre Association, Kennedy Center American Theatre Association (Arizona state chair).


Married Marsha Adele Reissaus, May 28, 1965;children— Robert Lee, Patrick Edward. Children: Robert Lee, Patrick Edward.

Walter J. Yowell

Edna Mae (Strandford) Yowell

Marsha Adele Reissaus

Robert Lee Yowell

Patrick Edward Yowell