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Robert Falls

Artistic Director at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.
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Career History
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63 (Born 03/02/1954)
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In The News See more

Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2017
Chicago Business Journal
June 1, 2015
The New York Times
March 15, 2015
The New York Times - Biographical Materials
February 3, 2014
Crain's Chicago BusinessPrint Version
December 9, 2013
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Executive Director at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.

Resident Director at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.

Artistic Associate at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.

Honorary President at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.

Director at United Service Organizations of Illinois, Inc.

Executive Vice President, Director at Savills Studley, Inc.

President, Board of Trustees at Chicago Theatre Group, Inc.

Member, Board of Trustees at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Director at Arts Club of Chicago

Partner at Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
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Educational Background

BFA in Directing & Playwriting 
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Career History

Artistic Director
1986 - Current
Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago through the unsurpassed quality, range and diversity of its productions and programs, and through its commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.
Artistic Director
1977 - 1985
Artistic Director, Graduate Directing Program
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853, the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Sixteen presidents have presided over Northwestern in the years since. The University has grown to include 12 schools and colleges, with additional campuses in Chicago and Education City in Qatar. See highlights in Northwestern’s history: 1850 On May 31 John Evans, Grant Goodrich, Henry W. Clark, Andrew Brown, Orrington Lunt, Jabez Botsford, Richard Haney, Richard H. Blanchard, and Zadoc Hall meet above a hardware store at 69 West Lake Street in Chicago and resolve to establish a university under the patronage of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 1851 On January 28, the Illinois legislature approves Northwestern's Act of Incorporation, granting 36 trustees the power to administer the University's business affairs, organize faculty, adopt by-laws, and grant degrees. 1853 Clark T. Hinman becomes University's first president on June 23. The University purchases 379 acres on Lake Michigan for $25,000. 1855 The University officially opens on November 5. Northwestern's first building, Old College, is completed. An amendment to University charter forbids the sale of liquor within four miles of campus. 1856 Randolph Foster becomes the University president. 1859 Five students receive bachelor's degrees at Northwestern's first commencement. 1860 Henry Noyes becomes the University president. Student Edward Spencer rescues 17 survivors of the Lady Elgin, which sank in Lake Michigan. 1869 Erastus Haven becomes the University president. Trustees vote to admit young women to University classes "under the same terms and conditions as young men." Evanston resident Rebecca Hoag becomes first female to enroll at Northwestern. 1870 Chicago Medical College enters into an agreement with Northwestern University to serve as the University's Department of Medicine. New medical school building opens at Twenty-sixth and Prairie Avenue, adjacent to Mercy Hospital. Women's Hospital Medical College opens. 1872 Dr. Charles Fowler becomes the University president. 1874 Sarah Rebecca Roland is first woman to receive a degree from Northwestern. 1882 The first football game is played against Lake Forest College. 1890 Henry Wade Rogers becomes University president. 1891 The School of Law opens. 1896 Northwestern's first PhDs are awarded; one is in chemistry, and one is in philosophy. 1902 The Rock, originally a drinking fountain, is given as a gift of the class of 1902. 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visits campus. Northwestern wins the first of seven Big Ten football championships. 1908 The School of Commerce opens. 1909 The College of Engineering opens. 1912 Kenneth Huszagh is the first Northwestern athlete to participate in the Olympics. "Go U Northwestern," written by Northwestern University marching band member Theodore Van Etten, premieres in the season's final football game. 1917 Northwestern Medical Corps formed. Northwestern men and women serve in various capacities in World War I: 250 students sign up for active service; 800 women mobilized in National Aid and Red Cross work; a total of 3,606 went to war, and 65 died. 1920 Walter Dill Scott becomes the first non-Methodist University president. 1921 Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications is established. 1924 Wildcats becomes the name for Northwestern's athletics teams. 1929 The first Waa-Mu show is performed. 1932 A merger of Northwestern and University of Chicago is proposed and dismissed. 1933 University College is created. 1939 Franklyn Snyder becomes the University President. The first-ever NCAA Men's Basketball Championship is held at Northwestern in Patten Gymnasium. 1948 WNUR begins broadcasting. Professor Melville Herskovits establishes the Program of African Studies. 1949 J. Roscoe Miller is named the University president. Northwestern's first computer is installed on campus in an unused room of the Dearborn Observatory. Northwestern defeats California 20-14 in the Rose Bowl. 1957 Daily Northwestern staffers first paint the Rock. 1970 From May 6 to 13, campus is shut down in protest of Kent State shootings; this is the longest the school has ever been closed. 1975 The first Dance Marathon is held. 1979 Women's Basketball wins its first of two consecutive Big Ten titles. 1985 Arnold Weber becomes the University President. 1995 Henry Bienen becomes the University President. 1998 Professor John Pople is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. 2005 The women's lacrosse team wins its first of seven NCAA titles in eight years. 2006 U.S. Senator Barack Obama gives the commencement address. 2007 Northwestern begins offering journalism and communication degrees at its new branch campus in Qatar. 2008 Morton O. Schapiro becomes the University President. 2010 Professor Dale Mortensen is awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Boards & Committees

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Member, Board of Trustees
Tenure Unconfirmed
Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago through the unsurpassed quality, range and diversity of its productions and programs, and through its commitment to improving the quality of life in the community.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

$500 - $999

Awards & Honors

Rank #68
Chicago Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans
Sponsored by
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Lake Forest College
Sponsored by
Illinois Arts Council - Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Artist
Chicago Magazine - Chicagoan of the Year
League of Chicago Theatres - Artistic Leadership Award
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