Robert Gonzalez


(813) 257-3854



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

FALK 104

Meet Robert Gonzalez

Associate Professor, Speech, Theatre and Dance

Education: 1977 Boston University, BFA
1980 University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA
2008 University of South Florida, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Voice and Diction
Oral Performance of Literature
Spoken Word Performance Ensemble
Oral Communication
Play Analysis
Speech for Business and Professions
Acting I for Non-Majors
Acting I for Majors
Acting II for Majors
Acting Shakespeare
Gateways I and II

Career Specialties: Robert González's research includes spoken word performance, devised/collaborative theatre, and creativity theories and practices. His dissertation, The Drama of Collaborative Creativity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hollywood Film Making-of Documentaries, studies the communication processes involved in collaborative creativity.

Professional and Community Activities: González has directed mainstage and small stage theatrical productions at The University of Tampa, the University of South Florida and for local theatre groups such as Hat Trick Theatre and The Gorilla Theatre. These productions include Lanford Wilson's Book of Days, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Philip Massinger's A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Václav Havel's The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, Aristophanes's Lysistrate and Gerlind Reinshagen's The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe. Bob has also adapted and directed stage adaptations of Isaac Bashevis Singer's “The Last Demon” and “Gimpel the Fool,” directed collaboratively devised theatre pieces such as Hott Mess and Stuff & Nonsense, as well as performed in and staged poetry collages Measured Passion and Reverberance: A Poetic Rhapsody. He is an avid rhapsode, or performer of classic poetry, and is the founder of Rhapsodize, an online international project to encourage, instruct and facilitate the performance of classic English language poetry. He is also an active volunteer member of LibriVox, an online international community of public domain audiobook producers, where he has contributed to over seventy-five audiobooks and has hosted over seven community podcasts. González is a member of the National Communication Association, the Florida Communication Association, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Florida Theatre Conference.