Robert Graham Small will serve as District
Governor of Rotary International District 6360 representing
Southwest Michigan in 2014-2015.
Bob is Past President of Portage Rotary Club
He chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, International
Service Committee, and Founding Chair of the Leadership Committee.
For District 6360, he was Assistant Governor,
is a member of the Board of Directors, and of the Budget and
Finance Committee. He
served as chair of the district's Group Study Exchange program,
and was GSE Team Leader to the Philippines in 2008.
Bob is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership
Institute, and has served as a Zone 28 & 29 and RLI Training
facilitator. Bob is a
member of the Great Lakes PETS Planning Committee, having served
three years as lighting and technical director, and now in his
second year as a representative for District 6360.
He has also served on three District Conference committees.
Bob is married to PDG Kathleen Tosco, and
with her has attended four Rotary International Conventions, five
Zone Institutes, and the International Assembly in 2009.
As Kathleen's spouse/partner, he has been honored to serve
as Aides for several Rotary International Directors and their
Kathleen have directed the Central States
Rotary Youth Exchange Talent Show since 2011.
They have attended Thirsting to Serve Conferences since
2008, and have installed bio-sand water filters in the Dominican
Republic, also helping to build a home for a widow.
Bob and Kathleen are both multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and
members of the Bequest Society.
Bob is a playwright, director, dramaturg, lighting designer, and
professor with extensive national and international experience.
He received a BA in Theatre from Washington State
University in 1972; and an MFA in directing from Catholic
University in Washington DC in 1974.
Bob has served as Artistic Director of
Shenandoah International Playwrights, Ink. since 1984, after
serving as Principle Dramaturg since 1978.
To date, he has worked with over 350 playwrights from 39
states and 32 countries on six continents.
Plays developed at Shenandoah have been produced On and Off
Broadway, and on stages, television and movie screens worldwide.
He has been a regional and national
adjudicator for the J. F. Kennedy Center;
and served as a Jurist for
the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre.
He was a Directing Fellow for Yale School of Drama; an
Asian Cultural Council Fellow at Chung Ying Theatre (Hong Kong),
and Americans for the Arts
Fellow in Waterford, Ireland.
He has served on grant review panels for the Maryland,
Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Arts Commissions.
Bob believes that to be an artist is to be a
teacher. He has taught
students from 5 to 95; and has served as a Visiting or Adjunct
Professor at numerous universities, including Yale School of
Drama, Catholic University of America, SUNY Purchase, Notre
Dame/St. Mary's, and Western Michigan University.
approach to his work is to use the power of
theatre to build bridges of compassion and understanding locally,
regionally, and globally.
He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and