- Fulbright Award (1999)
Robert A. Shakespeare is a professor emeritus of theatre, drama, and contemporary dance in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington specializing in lighting design. He received a B.A. with honors from Brock University in Canada in 1973. Prior to moving to North America, he served as a Resident Lighting Designer at Bristol Old Vic in England. In 1985, he joined the faculty at IU Bloomington as an assistant professor of theatre and drama. He was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and full professor in 2001. Shakespeare also served as associate director of design and technology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU, visiting professor of lighting design at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and resident at Laterna Magika in Prague. During the 1999-2000 academic year, he served as a Fulbright Professor where he lectured and researched at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. Shakespeare retired from IU in 2014 after serving 29 years in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance with the title of professor emeritus.
Shakespeare currently serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and as a principal consultant for Shakespeare Lighting Design. He is the IU principal investigator for Designing Visually Accessible Spaces and also serves on the board of the Lotus Festival in Bloomington.