Robin Reese, associate professor of theatre arts at Penn State Altoona, is a professional actor, director and playwright. She holds her masters of fine arts degree from the Actors Studio Drama School where she was the Teaching Fellow and received voice and acting scholarships. She is a recipient of new theatre and performance grants from the DIA Center for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Bread and Roses Community Fund. She served as a Panelist for the PA Council on the Arts, Inter-Disciplinary. Robin is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has appeared off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and in regional theatres, playing classical, contemporary, musical theatre and experimental roles. She has traveled the United States and Italy performing her own written performance pieces. Her company affiliations include: Executive Artistic Director of The Women's Ensemble Theatre Company in Philadelphia, Co-Founding Director of Drunken Lotus Productions and Managing Director for New Legends Productions. As a director, Robin is a recipient of Merit Awards for Distinction in Directing from The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for her Penn State Altoona productions, "The Tempest," "Medea," and "Big Love," which was also selected to be fully presented at the Region II Festival in 2009. New York City directing credits include: "Othello," "Troilus and Cressida," "Rosemary with Ginger," and the Actors Studio premiere workshop reading of her own play "The Inquisition," with Tony Award winning actress Carlyn Glynn. Robin directed Robert Auletta's adaptation of "The Persians" for New York City's Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute/New York University and directed her own play "Mamma Was an Andalusian Jet Skier" at The Players Club in NYC. Robin is also a successful playwright and screenwriter. In 2008, she was named a Semi-Finalist for the prestigious O'Neill Playwright's Conference. In 2007, she was selected as one of five national playwrights to compete in The Cardboard Box Collaborative's SPEED THE MUSE competition, and her play, "Fungible," was performed at The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Robin's one-act play, "The Inquisition," was produced at The Looking Glass Theatre in NYC. Robin has directed locally for Cresson Lake Playhouse.