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ABOUT THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR - Robert Graham Small

Robert Graham Small will serve as District Governor of Rotary International District 6360 representing Southwest Michigan in 2014-2015.  Bob is Past President of Portage Rotary Club  He chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, International Service Committee, and Founding Chair of the Leadership Committee. 

For District 6360, he was Assistant Governor, is a member of the Board of Directors, and of the Budget and Finance Committee.  He served as chair of the district's Group Study Exchange program, and was GSE Team Leader to the Philippines in 2008. 

Bob is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute, and has served as a Zone 28 & 29 and RLI Training facilitator.  Bob is a member of the Great Lakes PETS Planning Committee, having served three years as lighting and technical director, and now in his second year as a representative for District 6360.  He has also served on three District Conference committees.

Bob is married to PDG Kathleen Tosco, and with her has attended four Rotary International Conventions, five Zone Institutes, and the International Assembly in 2009.  As Kathleen's spouse/partner, he has been honored to serve as Aides for several Rotary International Directors and their spouse/partners.  Bob and

Kathleen have directed the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Talent Show since 2011.  They have attended Thirsting to Serve Conferences since 2008, and have installed bio-sand water filters in the Dominican Republic, also helping to build a home for a widow.  Bob and Kathleen are both multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Bequest Society.

 Professionally, Bob is a playwright, director, dramaturg, lighting designer, and professor with extensive national and international experience.  He received a BA in Theatre from Washington State University in 1972; and an MFA in directing from Catholic University in Washington DC in 1974. 

Bob has served as Artistic Director of Shenandoah International Playwrights, Ink. since 1984, after serving as Principle Dramaturg since 1978.  To date, he has worked with over 350 playwrights from 39 states and 32 countries on six continents.  Plays developed at Shenandoah have been produced On and Off Broadway, and on stages, television and movie screens worldwide. 

He has been a regional and national adjudicator for the J. F. Kennedy Center;  and served as a Jurist for the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre.  He was a Directing Fellow for Yale School of Drama; an Asian Cultural Council Fellow at Chung Ying Theatre (Hong Kong), and Americans for the Arts

Fellow in Waterford, Ireland.   He has served on grant review panels for the Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Arts Commissions.

Bob believes that to be an artist is to be a teacher.  He has taught students from 5 to 95; and has served as a Visiting or Adjunct Professor at numerous universities, including Yale School of Drama, Catholic University of America, SUNY Purchase, Notre Dame/St. Mary's, and Western Michigan University.   Bob's

approach to his work is to use the power of theatre to build bridges of compassion and understanding locally, regionally, and globally.  He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.