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Arthur Grothe (He/Him/His)

Arthur Grothe
  • Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Artistic Director of Theatre
  • Music and Theatre Arts

Arthur Grothe received his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida and has both a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts as well as a B.A. in English from Heidelberg University. He has also had additional training from the Stanislavsky Summer Institute, The Lessac Summer Institute, and in Meisner Technique. At UWEC, Arthur has directed The Three Sisters, Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Urinetown: The Musical, The Tempest, Waiting for Godot, She Kills Monsters, and A Doll’s House. He has also been seen around Wisconsin as “The Beagle” in Mike Perry’s Population 485: On Stage. Prior to joining The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Music and Theatre Department, he worked as Director of Theatre and Fine Arts Department Chair at the University of West Alabama. During his time in Alabama he directed All in the Timing, Almost Maine, Intimate Apparel, Godspell, Twelfth Night, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Eurydice, Spooky Dog and the Teenage Gang Mysteries, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. A native of Cleveland, OH Arthur has worked on stage with The Cleveland Playhouse, the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, The Theatre Ninjas, and Bad Epitaph Theatre Company. While at UWEC, Arthur also worked with UWEC students to create a devised theatre piece called Invisible Truth: Intersections of Vulnerability in Eau Claire. This original work looked to shed light on the socio-economic challenges that people struggling with housing insecurity face each day. Additionally, Arthur has worked for the past two summers at Trinity Summer Camp in St. Louis, MO. This camp was created to help prepare inner-city elementary students for academic success by offering lessons in Math, Science, Reading, Theatre, Music, and Art.

Teaching Interests
  • Acting
  • Classical Acting
  • Voice and Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Directing
  • Playwriting 
  • B.A., Heidelberg University (Communication and Theatre Arts/English)
  • M.F.A., University of Florida (Performance)