Robert G. blacker

The Morning Call - - OBITUARIES -

Robert G. Blacker, 71, of New York City died on Au­gust 30, 2019. Robert was pas­sion­ate about his 50-year ca­reer in theater. He worked with Joseph Papp at the Public Theater in New York, then helped Des McAnuff reestab­lish the LaJolla Play­house, where he served as Dra­maturg and As­so­ciate Artis­tic Direc­tor. As

Artis­tic Direc­tor of the Sun­dance The­atre Lab he helped to de­velop many new plays by men­tor­ing count­less play­wrights and ac­tors. Robert served as In­sti­tu­tional Dra­maturg at the Strat­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val in Strat­ford, On­tario, again with Artis­tic Direc­tor Des McAnuff, where he helped foster new play de­vel­op­ment, leading to the cre­ation of The Fo­er­ster Bern­stein New Play De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, which acts as an in­cu­ba­tor for Cana­dian play­wrights. Along the way he taught Shake­speare stud­ies at the grad­u­ate level at Columbia, Iowa, UCSD and the Yale School of Drama, where he also served as in­terim Chair of Play­writ­ing. Robert's last project was his book, “Shake­speare In Three Di­men­sions” which was pub­lished by Routledge in 2018. Over the years Robert touched in­nu­mer­able lives and his work greatly en­riched Amer­i­can theater. He will be sorely missed by his fam­ily and friends.

Robert was born in Al­len­town, Pa. to the late Ernest and Stella (Fedak) Blacker. He was a grad­u­ate of Em­maus High School and Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity. He is sur­vived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jef­frey and Ann Blacker, of Al­len­town.

Call­ing hours will be 8:45 to 9:45 AM on Satur­day, Sep­tem­ber 14, at Bach­man, Ku­lik & Rein­smith Funeral Home, 1629 Hamil­ton St. Al­len­town PA 18104, fol­lowed by a Mass of Chris­tian Burial at the Cathe­dral of St. Catharine of Siena, 1825 W. Turner St. Al­len­town PA at 10:30 AM. In­ter­ment to follow at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, 547 N. Krocks Rd. Al­len­town, PA 18106.

In lieu of flow­ers do­na­tions may be made to ei­ther the Cathe­dral of St. Catharine of Siena (in memo, The Cathe­dral Choir), 1825 W. Turner St. Al­len­town PA 18104 or to New Drama­tists, 424 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

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