Michael Rohd

Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the 18 year old national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Insititute for Design & Art and is the author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice where current initiatives include The Catalyst Initiative, Civic Body & Learning Labs. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago.

Recent/Current projects include collaborations &/or productions with Goodman Theater, Bush Foundation, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Americans for the Arts, Nashville’s MetroArts, ArtPlace, Cleveland Public Theater, United Way, Catholic Charities USA, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Alaska, ASU/Gammage & Steppenwolf Theater.



  • LEAN IN: Sojourn Theatre, Civic Practice & Catholic Charities USA
    October 2, 2012—3:30pm I’m standing in the St. Louis airport this Tuesday afternoon, exhausted. I’m trying to decide if I walk straight to my gate or stop for some airport food. Maybe a Five Guys burger. I’m hungry. I see, about thirty yards down the terminal, a man who looks...
  • The New Work of Building Civic Practice
    The needs of non-arts organizations, and theatre artists' assets can intersect through Civic Practice. This guide from Michael Rohd offers examples of application and what this work can accomplish.
  • Civic Theater: Part 2
    Michael Rohd details the how, the why and the what of his approach to making civic theater.
  • Civic Theater
    Part one of Michael Rohd's look at "How does the work we do impact, intersect with and contribute to a healthy, functional democracy?"


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