Robert (Bob)  McGrath

Robert (Bob) McGrath

Associate Professor - Directing

Director Bob McGrath is Co-Founder and Director of Ridge Theater. Mr. McGrath has directed theater, opera and ballet at venues including BAM, LA Opera, Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theater, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Kimmel Center-Verizon Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Krannert Center, Vineyard Theater, Arts at St. Ann's, La MaMa E.T.C. and The Kitchen. His direction abroad includes Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Cite de la Musique (Paris), Muziekebow (Amsterdam), Oi Casa Grande Theater (Rio de Janeiro) and De Singel (Antwerp). Bob has collaborated with composers, writers and conductors including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Mark Dion, Ben Katchor, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Neil LaBute, David Lang, Warren Leight, Mark Mulcahy, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Susan Sontag, Robert Spano, DJ Spooky, Mac Wellman and Julia Wolfe. He is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, and has taught at UC Davis, Sarah Lawrence College and NYU. Mr. McGrath has been awarded three OBIE awards for Direction, Best Production and Sustained Achievement.

Contact Me

(540) 231-8562
301 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Production/Research Area: Director
  • Teaching Areas: Directing, Dramaturgy, Script Analysis

Education & Training

  • B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon

What is your favorite place on campus? Why?

All of the theaters, because I love directing.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

Thick skin.

Honors & Awards:

  •  Recipient of three OBIE awards for: Direction, Best Production, and Sustained Acheivment 

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