Funeral Services for Dr. Robin Schraft
Professor of Theatre
Beloved professor of theatre Dr. Robin Schraft passed away this week. We wanted to share information regarding his celebration of life services. The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m. The visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 6. Both events will take place at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home which is located at 1947 East Seminole.
The Schraft family appreciates the many expressions of love and support which have come from so many members of the Drury community.
Please continue to share your memories of Dr. Schraft with the hashtag #DocWasLoved
What do you say to the man who was still helping you find your voice? There will always be a seat for you at my shows, Doc. With every showboat reference, or monologue so long that we dubbed it "schrafting", you changed the lives of everyone in our theatre department. You believed in each of us, and helped us grow as actors, technicians, designers, people, and, as a family. Thank you for having faith in me. You are truly one of a kind, and I can't even begin to know how many lives you've touched and how your legacy will be continued. Fly high, Doc.
Dr. Rob Schraft, thank you for everything. If it weren't for you and my mom I wouldn't be here and I probably wouldn't have stayed. You were a great teacher, confidant, critic, and an inspiration to me. Your warmth and encouragement reminded me that I was and am capable of greatness and that mistakes should be learned from, not catered to. Cheers to a great man. You were a blessing.
Doc gave me my "big break" into the Drury Theatre department - I went from being a hanger-on to a back-stage dresser to a scholarship student to a shop supervisor and season graphic designer because he took a chance on me. My life would be in no way the same if Doc hadn't let me into the magical world of the drafting lab and the scene shop. It showed me a way out when I was a miserable architecture major and gave me my first professional portfolio pieces from season posters. Drury Theatre gave me my best friend, a continued passion, and a sense of purpose when I needed one so many times, and that's all because of Doc. Thanks for, really, my whole adult life, Doc. We'll miss you terribly.
Doctor Schraft was a truly remarkable man. Incredibly gifted in all areas of theatrical design and an amazing director as well. The Drury theatre family misses him dearly. I’ll never forget what doc said to me after my sophomore year auditions, “when you first got here and auditioned, I thought to myself, ‘good lord I hope this kid can learn to use a light board,’ but now you’ve grown into a skilled actor and I can see you becoming a leading man.” I promise that I will always work harder each day than the last to make your words come true. Doctor Schraft you live on in my heart. My performance tonight and every night will be dedicated to your memory. I will always remember that Show Boat is the birth of musical theatre and the proper way to spell it. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for everyone at Drury. I miss you.
A graduate of New York University, Dr. Schraft worked in the areas of directing, acting, theatre management and lighting and sound design. His commercial career included work as a director, designer and stage manager in New York, summer stock, national tours and Branson. He spoke on design at theatre conferences throughout the United States and Canada. He was an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), having served for many years as the Vice-Commissioner for Computer Applications for the Lighting Commission of the Institute. He was also on the committee that wrote the national recommended practices for stage lighting graphics and was a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Locally, he performed, directed or designed for such organizations as Springfield Ballet, MSU Tent Theatre and the Springfield Regional Opera. He has served as a theatre design consultant in Branson and for architects and schools in the region. During his sabbatical he wrote The Director’s Process, a book on directing now being utilized in his course, Play Direction. His chapter on teaching Stage Management was published in Inspired Teaching: Essays on Theatre Design and Technology (2013). The production of Copenhagen that he directed was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional festival in Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently he directed The Runner Stumbles and designed lighting and sound for Cabaret and The Three Sisters at Drury.
B.A., Eisenhower College, 1975
M.A., New York University, 1983
Ph.D., New York University, 1987
Drury University faculty member since 1991
Professor since 2003