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MSU Academic Hall of Fame honors Robert Hubbard

Minot State University is inducting Robert Hubbard, professor of theatre and speech at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, into its Academic Hall of Fame. After interacting with theatre students, he will be recognized at a reception and later at the Oct. 17 performance of “The Miss Firecraker Contest” at Aleshire Theater at 7:30 p.m. The MSU Faculty Senate chose Hubbard from faculty and community nominations to represent outstanding career achievements by MSU alumni.

While a student at Minot State, Hubbard was active as an actor, experimented in direction and began developing his playwriting skills; he received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and English in 1991. He continued on to complete master’s and doctoral degrees in theatre at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

More than 20 years later, the Minot native is still acting, directing and writing with distinction in addition to teaching. In 2005, he received an O’Neill Critics Institute Fellowship. Among the shows he has directed are an award-winning production of “The Comedy of Errors” and an original stage adaptation of Larry Woiwode’s novel, “Beyond the Bedroom Wall.” He debuted his original, one-person show, “Dancing with Jimmy,” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in New York City in August 2003. Hubbard has since developed and performed two more full-length shows: "How Helicopters Figure in My Dreams" and "Flipping Off Our Lord." He performed the latter at the American College Theatre Festival and at the Kansas City Fringe Festival. For playwriting and directing, his adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, "The Power and the Glory," will premiere at Northwestern College in November.

Hubbard is involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival as a respondent, workshop leader, producer and coordinator of the Region V National Critics Institute Committee. He is a role model for students engaged in theatre. In addition to his work at the university level, Hubbard and his wife, April (Blomquist) Hubbard, an MSU alumna, have been drama instructors at the International Music Camp every summer for eight years. Through this experience, he has mentored hundreds of school-age children from seventh graders to high school seniors.

To read a full account of Hubbard’s work and achievements, visit


Published: 10/01/14

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