Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Robert Cohen papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.P.069
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material:
8.7 Linear feet
(20 boxes and one oversized folder)
Date (inclusive): 1966-2011
This collection comprises papers of Robert Cohen, a professor of drama and founding faculty member at the University of California,
Irvine. Fifty-three production books, which include scripts, reviews, photographs and stage directions, document Cohen's work
as director for theater productions at UCI and the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. The collection also includes reviews,
correspondence, and information about UCI Drama Department alumni, as well as textbooks and articles written by Cohen.
General Physical Description note:
(20 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Cohen, Robert, 1938 -
The collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Robert Cohen Papers. MS-P069. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this
collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.
Gifts of Robert Cohen, 2005 and 2013. Additions are expected.
Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2007. Accession added by Alix Norton, 2013.
Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the University of California, Irvine Drama Department and a renowned professor, director,
translator, playwright, essayist, and drama critic. In 2001 he was named Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UCI.
Cohen was born in Washington, D.C. in 1938. As an undergraduate he studied at Dartmouth College and UC Berkeley. After earning
his Doctor of Fine Arts at Yale University in 1965, he joined the faculty at UCI.
Over the course of his career, Cohen has directed over 70 stage productions at UCI. He is also the author of many books on
Acting One/Acting Two,
Acting in Shakespeare,
More Power To You,
Creative Play Direction,
Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny, two dramatic anthologies, and many plays, translations, scholarly articles, and reviews. He has frequently directed productions
for the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. In 1993 he was awarded the UCI Medal, UCI's highest honor, and in 1999 he
received the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
||Born in Washington, D.C.
||Received Doctor of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.
||Appointed founding chair of UCI's Drama Department.
||Founded the Student Repertory Theatre at UCI.
||Stepped down as Chair of the Drama Department.
||Awarded the UCI Medal.
||Received the Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
||Named Claire Trevor Professor of Drama.
||Re-appointed Chair of the Drama Department.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises papers of Robert Cohen, a drama professor at the University of California, Irvine. The collection
spans his career at UCI, beginning with the opening of the campus in 1965. Fifty-three production books, which include scripts,
reviews, photographs and stage directions, document Cohen's work as director for theater productions at UCI and the Utah and
Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. The collection also includes reviews, correspondence, information about UCI Drama Department
alumni, an unpublished manuscript titled
Edwin Booth in Performance, and various textbooks and articles written by Cohen.
This collection is arranged into 3 series:
- Series 1. Production books, 1966-2007
- Series 2. Subject files, 1966-2010
- Series 3. Textbooks and journals, 1970-2011
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Cohen, Robert, 1938- -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Faculty -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine. Dept. of Drama -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine. Student's Repertory Theatre -- Archives.
College theater -- California -- Irvine -- History -- Sources
Costume design drawings -- 20th century.
Drama -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- 20th century
Photographic prints -- 20th century.
Scripts (documents) -- 20th century.
Theater programs -- 20th century.