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Spotlight on Staff Member Bob Singleton

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photo of Bob Singleton as Einstein
Bob Singleton as Albert Einstein in ‘Einstein: A Stage Portrait,’ a one-man show
he also directed at the Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway, Ky.
(photo courtesy of KCT Summerfest)

Q: How long have you been at the College of Education? What is your position here?

A: I started working at UK in 2005, with Dining Services. In 2007, I joined the College of Education, first as Staff Support in Academic Services. Last year, I became an Admin Associate for the Associate Dean of Academic & Student Services and the Associate Dean for School & Community Engagement.

Q: When did you first become interested in acting?

A: I’ve always been interested in it and would participate as far back as I can remember. The first time I really got bitten was in 4th grade. That was the first production I did that truly involved rehearsing and learning lines. I did community theatre and college plays from the time I was in elementary school. I also did shows at my high school, and then after my first year of college I decided to pursue it as a major. Nothing else really grabbed hold of me.

Q: Where have you preformed?

A: Locally I’ve worked with Actors Guild (AGL), Studio Players, Summerfest/KCT, Balagula, Woodford County Theatre and the Apprentice Players. I co-founded and am the Artistic Director for the Midway Play Festival, and I serve on the Board of Directors for both Actors Guild and Studio Players.

Studio is very dear to me because it was the first place I performed when I returned to Lexington in 2001, and everyone there has been like family. Actors Guild was the first theatre in Lexington I performed for, in a 1987 production of Belle Brezing that traveled to South Carolina for the Spoleto Festival (the first time I truly felt like a professional).

I’ve worked with a number of organizations. I worked a season for Horse Cave as an actor, director of the children’s theatre workshop, and set and prop builder. I have also worked in Hazel Green, Ky., at the Art Meets Education conference. The furthest I traveled was to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a group from Lexington. I’ve also performed in South Carolina, Georgia and California as an actor and puppeteer.

photo of Bob Singleton as Dr. Jekyll
Bob Singleton as Dr. Jekyll in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’

Q: What are some of the shows you’ve been involved with?

A: Recent shows I’ve performed in include “Run For Your Wife,” “True West,” “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” “The Pillowman,” “Rabbit Hole” and “Arcadia.” I was in “Merchant of Venice” last summer, and the summer before that I was in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with KCT/Summerfest.

As a director, recent productions include “Glengarry Glen Ross” (AGL), “The Jungle Fun Room” (Studio), “Wait Until Dark” (Studio), “A Christmas Story” (Woodford), “The Mousetrap” (Studio) and “All the Great Books (Abridged)” (Studio).

Q: Do you have a preferred style of acting?

A: Well, not necessarily. What I really like is variety. I enjoy a laugh out loud comedy, but also an intense, dramatic story. I like complex scripts, but also “mindless” farces. As long as there is variety and some sort of challenge to the role/show.

Q: If you could have been an actor in any show or movie, what would it have been?

A: Any one of the following: “A Clockwork Orange,” “Citizen Kane,” “A Touch of Evil,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Harold and Maude,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Homicide,” “MASH” (the early, anarchic years)…and so many more I’m not remembering.