Staff Bio

RobertFord

ROBERT FORD (Artistic Director) is co-founder of T2, where he began as playwright-in-residence in 2005. Since taking over as artistic director in 2008, he has helped produce over 30 plays and musicals and facilitated 30 development projects through the Arkansas New Play Festival (ANPF). Bob has written eight full-length plays, including his first, Tierra del Fuego, which won the Stanley Drama Award, following development at the former Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat in Fayetteville. His newest play Fault will premiere at T2 in February, 2016. Productions in the 2014/15 season included The Spiritualist at Stages Rep in Houston, following its T2 premiere in 2013 and workshops at ANPF, the New Harmony Project (Indiana), and the Blank Theatre (Los Angeles). Houston Press called The Spiritualist “at once riotously funny, musically engaging, and sweetly complex.” The past season also saw the T2 premiere of Look Away, which followed workshops at ANPF, Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers Project, and Long Beach Playhouse (California). Other recent productions include The Fall of the House (T2, Alabama Shakespeare Festival— Edgar Award nominee), Girl Band in the Men’s Room (Hollywood Fringe—Best Theatre Award), Hackensack (Syracuse University), and ‘Twas the Night (T2, published by Playscripts). His play My Father’s War (T2, 2008) has appeared in the UK, Italy, and Germany. For T2, Bob directed Drawer Boy and his own adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life. Bob’s critically acclaimed first novel, The Student Conductor, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a “Hidden Gem” on NPR’s Morning Edition. A professional musician, Bob has been a flutist with both SONA and NASO in Northwest Arkansas. He holds a Master of Music degree from Yale and MFAs in acting from Rutgers and in playwriting & screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin. He is former head of the MFA playwriting program at the University of Arkansas.