Robert Bowen

Chair of Drama; Design & Technology (Lighting, Set, Sound)
Whitesides Hall, 113

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 1 - 2 p.m.
And by appointment

Professor Rob Bowen has been at UNC Asheville since 1993 and serves as the Department Chair. Rob has designed or mentored student designers in lighting, sound and scenery for most of the Theatre UNCA productions. He has also directed several shows: "Equus" "Assassins," "Hush: An Interview With America" and "Angels In America," "Urinetown," and  "columbinus." Rob serves as faculty advisor for the Department's Student Chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.  In addition, he designs professionally in the Asheville area with many student assistant designers.


  • M.F.A., Theatre Design/Technology with an Emphasis on Lighting Design
    University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A.,Theatre
    University of Southern Colorado


To design and build a program where students learn from the past, but experience the future. Students must learn the principles of design that have not changed, yet they must experience the "new age" tools (computers and cutting-edge technology) to work professionally in the 21st century. The students that I teach are positioned to become leaders in graduate schools or work in high profile professional theatres. I hope that they take from our program, not only a sense of theatre, but a caring and giving sense of themselves.

Courses taught

  • Dram 121 Elements of Production I
  • Dram 122 Elements of Production II
  • Dram 334 Stage Sound
  • Dram 434 Sound Design
  • Dram 220 Stage Management
  • Dram 336 Stage Lighting
  • Dram 437 Lighting Design
  • Dram 473 Advanced Lighting Design
  • Dram 373 Stage Left
  • Dram 473 Special Topics (Interactive Portfolio)
  • Dram 473 Special Topics (Stage Photography)
  • Dram 179 Bond, James Bond
  • Arts 310 The Art of Light
  • CSCI 107 Introduction to Computers and Multimedia