Robert Duffley

is a theater artist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. As a dramaturg, Robert partners with writers, directors, composers, collectives, and institutions to develop new plays and original stagings of classic work. He is particularly inspired by creative encounters between performance and other disciplines—frequent collaborators include biologists, poets, climate activists, and archives. He currently serves as Dramaturg for LubDub Theatre Co and has been a teacher/guest artist at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Georgetown University.

Header: Ferry Tales (Kennedy Center; Photo: Jati Lindsay). Above: Meanwhile/Elsewhere (Workshop at 59E59; Photo: Bjorn Bolinder).


Current/Upcoming: We Hear You—A Climate Archive (performances at the Hirshhorn Museum, COP27, the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden, et al.), The Magic Bullet (LubDub/Pangea/Arab American National Museum/Noor), To Tell a Story About the Earth (LubDub/Concord Theatricals), and Miranda Rose Hall’s A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction (currently touring internationally with original direction by Katie Mitchell). Other recent projects: Ferry Tales (The Kennedy Center), 1776 (A.R.T., Broadway, National Tour), Claudia Rankine’s HELP (The Shed), The Uncle Geoff Magic Show (LubDub/Target Margin Labs), Celine Song’s Endlings and The Lazours’ We Live in Cairo (A.R.T.). 

Workshops/Development: 59E59, Park Ave Armory, Theatre Row, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Orchard Project.

Publications & Teaching

Robert’s writing and editorial work includes The Roadmap for Recovery and Resilience for Theater (A.R.T./T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and articles for HowlRound, The A.R.T. Guide, Breaking Character, SixByEight Press, The Theatre Times, and Contemporary Theatre Review

Robert has been a teacher/guest artist at Harvard University, Emerson College, and Georgetown University. He has been an invited presenter at conferences including Surya: A Convening of Earthly Storytellers (Georgetown), The Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics (NYU/Mexico City), TCG, The Lab for Global Performance & Politics (Georgetown), The Mellon School of Theatre & Performance Research (Harvard), and Theater in the Age of Climate Change (HowlRound). 

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