Gearld B. "Gerry" Roe
Professor of Theatre Arts
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, University of Utah
M.F.A. University of Utah
Ph.D. (abd) Wayne State University
Losekamp Hall 06
Office Hours: MWF 10:45; TTh 9:20
The 2010/2011 school year marks Gerry's 25th year of teaching theatre at Rocky Mountain College. Prior to that, he taught 9 years at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Before Montana, Gerry completed 3 years teaching in Wayne State in Detroit. His emphasis has always been on acting , directing and theater history. His focus has been split between directing and teaching all different genres (musicals to Greeks; from Shakespeare to expressionism.) He is at home teaching a puppetry class as a voice and diction workshop. Modern cinema to audition preparation. As for directing, Gerry is nearing his 300th production. Also he he has acted in a comparable number of roles in different venues from college, high school, grade school, touring, summer stock, community and professional theaters.
Acting I & IV
Beginning State Acting
Theatre History I & II
Period Acting Styles
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Being in theatre as an occupation can be a little "iffy," but I must say, I have never gone hungry or wanting. During my entire life, I have never done anything but theater. It always seemed to me that I had no choice in the matter. Theatre was, is and always will be my passion-- my life blood. If you want it enough, it is there for you.
What is your teaching philosophy?
It has been my life long goal to make a profound difference in the lives of the students that I am privileged to teach. I strive daily to touch their minds and improve their skills - on stage, off stage and in their present and future lives. I am a teacher first; a caretaker second. And, hopefully, then a friend.
What is your favorite thing about RMC?
My favorite thing about RMC is the "family" values that support the core of this college. If you fail as a performer, I fail as a teacher. And I won't accept that. We are in it together and I'll fight as hard as you will to make you great. That is not a quality of any other institutions of higher education where I have taught.
What is your most memorable moment interacting with an RMC student?
I think my most memorable moment interacting with an RMC student was when I was asked by a female student to walk her down the aisle. Her father had passed and she asked me to give her away at her wedding. I was very humbled and touched.