Dr. Robert Klassen, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Robert Klassen (Dr. Bob) served as chairperson of Theatre and Dance from 1984-2000. During his time as chair the department added BFA programs in Acting and Production Design, was accrediated by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, increased Theatre & Dance course offerings, faculty, and student enrollment. The John L. Cogill Scholarship was established, as were the High School Drama Day, the Visiting Artist Program, the Student Handbook and the annual Theatre & Dance Newsletter. He directed thirty Mainstage productions while at Fredonia.
After retiring, he and his wife of 52 years, Rose Marie, moved to Key West. In 2005 they moved on to Milwaukee to enjoy beer, brats, baseball and their two sons, Kris and Eric.