Robert Barry Fleming,
Associate Artistic Director
Cleveland Play House
Robert has a varied portfolio and a wealth of administrative/artistic leadership experience, producing, directing, choreographing, performing, and teaching/coaching. Formerly the Director of Artistic Programming at Arena Stage, he currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Cleveland Play House. Arena Stage world-premieres commissioned, scouted, shepherded and nurtured under his watch include the 2017 Best Musical Tony-winner, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, Mary Kathryn Nagle’s SOVEREIGNTY, John Strand’s THE ORIGINALIST, Katori Hall’s BLOOD QUILT, Karen Zacarías’ DESTINY OF DESIRE and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, SWEAT by Lynn Nottage. He is directing/choreographing a new musical with the working title, THE NOLAN WILLIAMS/NIKKOLE SALTER PROJECT, with music by acclaimed contemporary music composer, Nolan Williams, Jr. and a book by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, Nikkole Salter. The musical will receive a reading this spring in the 2018 Cleveland Play House New Ground Theatre Festival which Robert produces for CPH.
In the commercial theatre, Robert was an Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway premiere of THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY by Tennessee Williams, starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif. He was an Associate Professor (tenured) and Chair of the University of San Diego Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department. Some of his professional acting credits include stints on Broadway (RAGTIME directed by Frank Galati, STAND-UP TRAGEDY directed by Ron Link), Off-Broadway (leading role in INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY by Robert O'Hara at The Public), national tour of CATS (Original Bus and Truck and German companies), playing major regional theaters (The Old Globe, The Guthrie, A Contemporary Theater, The Mark Taper Forum with the world premiere of George C. Wolfe's JELLY’S LAST JAM as Young Jelly), on television (The Emmy-winning Disney Channel series ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, FAMILY MATTERS, THE GEORGE CARLIN SHOW) and film (The Oscar-winning L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS).
Portfolio photo credits: Jason Ardizonne-West, Kevin Berne, Michael Lincoln, Roger Mastroianni, Crissy Pascual, Robin Roberts, Akiko Nishijima Rotch, Daren Scott and Dan R. Winters.