Robert Chelimsky

Managing Director

Robert is now in his fifth season as managing director. He came to the Playwrights’ Center after serving for six years as first managing director for Epic Theatre Ensemble in New York. While with Epic, he executive produced the world premieres of Dispatches from (A)mended America by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and Brandt Adams, and Nilaja Sun’s Pike St., the NY premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths, and also commissions by Dominique Morriseau, Heather Raffo, Keith Josef Adkins and Ken Urban, among others. Most notably, during his tenure, Epic developed the groundbreaking Epic NEXT youth development program—a program focused on building a new generation of diverse theatre and community leaders. Prior to joining Epic, Robert spent five years managing Chautauqua Theater Company, where working with Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeney, he helped to create the Chautauqua New Play Commission. Prior, he co-founded Gryphon Productions in Knoxville with Charles R. Miller, serving as Executive Director for eight years, producing The Bard of Education Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour and the Smoky Mt. Shakespeare Festival. He’s spent seven years on regional boards for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For all of that, his most valued titles are Katharine’s (22) and Luca’s (12) dad, and Emily’s husband.