Professor Robert Seale

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Position: Associate Professor, Theatre Unit

Office: BAC 433

Office: (902) 585-1526

Mobile: (902) 692-9494


Research Interests: Robert’s research currently involves the cultural ethnology of violence in performance

Biography: An Acting graduate of the National Theatre School (NTS) in Montreal, Robert also holds a Master’s Degree summa cum laude in Performance from York University.  He has been an award-winning CAEA professional since 1974, playing loading roles in or directing over 170 productions in the major theatres across Canada, and in the U.S.

Besides professional acting and directing, Robert has done over 350 professional consultation, choreography and stunt contracts on stage and film through his company, Fights Unlimited  RGS - including work with such groups as the National Ballet, Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, and both the Toronto and Atlantic Film Festivals.

His company has worked extensively with the RCMP, training recruits in “Crisis Intervention” at Depot Division in Regina. With the Canadian Armed Forces, he trained, directed and choreographed a 36 member Naval Boarding Party simulation for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax (RNSIT).

In 1992 Robert completed formulation of a national system of fight certification for Canada, the next year legally incorporated, and became founding President of Fight Directors, Canada.  He remained the elected President until 2000, when he withdrew to become Executive Director for the IOSP in Washington, D.C. - the international “Round Table” of professionals.  He has a TacCom Certification from the government of Ontario, and holds an internationally recognized certification as a Fight Master. Robert is the only foreign national ever to have won the prestigious award for Best Fight at the annual U.S. Nationals, in Las Vegas.

Teaching: I am a professional artist who has committed his teaching career to providing hands-on practical training. You will find that I understand what you need to know because I have done/explored it professionally for decades. This guarantees your education will always be relevant to your field.  There is no other way. Learn to break your typical thought/physical patterns, and see multiple solutions to any problem. Key in to your natural impulses and identify when to act on them. I share your passion, and I will steer you toward discovering yourself, and your own unique method.

Honours: Various professional Best Actor nominations/awards nationally; President of the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA); Elected Vice-president of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT); Board of Theatre Nova Scotia (TNS); elected Atlantic Representative on National Council, Canadian Actor’s Equity Association (CAEA).

Courses Recently Taught: Performance; Voice; Violence and Intimacy for Media; Arts Management/Publicity.