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Andrew Roblyer

Andrew Roblyer took the stage in his first lead role at age six and made his directorial debut in his backyard one year later. Since then, his love of theater has grown to include a passion for exploring the nature of communication and relationship.  While in college, Andrew founded and directed The Honorable Bards, the first entirely student-run theater company at Texas A&M University, and served as one of four student directors for the inaugural Student New Works Festival. In addition to working as an actor and director, Andrew has been teaching acting, speech, and debate to students across the country for seven years; Andrew's roster of students includes two national champion debaters. Most recently, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of This Is Water Theatre, the first professional, ensemble theater company in Bryan/College Station, TX.

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Starting a Theater Company
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Starting a Theater Company

Why You Failed & Getting People-Focused

23 June 2014

Sometimes, the best way to study a theory or philosophy is to implement it and learn from the results. This twelve-part series is the year-long account of one young artist’s efforts to start a new theater company and put into action what he has learned and is learning from the HowlRound and #newplay community.

A portrait of Andrew Roblyer.
Drinking from a Firehose
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Drinking from a Firehose

Trust and The High Dive—Part 4

29 November 2013

I have trust issues. This is an important realization for me, especially when I’m managing artistic and organizational development. So I’ve decided to dedicate this month’s blog to process my thoughts about how trust factors into my development of This Is Water Theatre.

A portrait of Andrew Roblyer.
Drinking from a Firehose
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Drinking from a Firehose

When it Rains, It Pours—Part 3

4 October 2013

In my mind, we were a small ensemble company in a small city with no artistic reputation and, at that point, still no ensemble. I was hoping for fifty submissions, and that was if we were extremely lucky…

Drinking from a Firehose
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Drinking from a Firehose

Checking Water Quality

10 September 2013

Andrew Roblyer continues his series Drinking from a Firehose with an examination of credibility. Who creates it? Where does it come from? And how can theaters harness its power to better connect with their audiences.

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Drinking from a Firehose
Essay

Drinking from a Firehose

Turning on the Water

14 August 2013

Andrew Roblyer starts out on a year-long journey to create a new theatre company in central Texas

Drinking from a Firehose
A portrait of Andrew Roblyer.
Series

Drinking from a Firehose

This twelve-part series is the year-long account of one young artist's efforts to start a theatre company.