Faculty conversations: Rob Roznowski
Rob Roznowski didn’t start out being a teacher, but he always knew he wanted to be one.
Roznowski began his career acting in Los Angeles and New York City, and eventually transitioned into education. He continued to act while teaching wherever he was located. He then began to work for the actor’s union as the education and outreach coordinator, which led to his job at MSU.
So what is a typical work day for the head of acting and directing in MSU’s Department of Theatre? Roznowski coordinates all acting and directing classes, collaborates with other staff members and students for the productions the department puts on and oversees the curriculum. On top of that, Roznowski helps teach students how to be better actors, and how to market themselves so that they can succeed in a tough business.
Roznowski loves the fact that his job allows him to work on different projects. Not only is he learning and improving himself as an actor, director and teacher, but also he gets to reach out to other departments and faculty members on campus to help him with things such as new plays he is in the process of writing.
However, Roznowki’s favorite part about MSU is the intimacy of his department placed in such a large campus.
“I think what is unique for me is that it’s an intimate department in a gigantic campus with so many resources,” he said. “What we talk about, study or research in acting class is available to anyone across campus as well as the art that comes into campus and the people that I can connect students with. It’s pretty exciting to come to a job with such a legacy, with people like alum that my students can reach out to.”