Support the Robert A. McDonald Semester in London Fund


One of the pillars of the Drama Department's BFA actor-training program is the full semester that the students spend studying their craft in London during their junior year. While there, they work with some of the best acting teachers in the UK—including Shakespeare Performance with Ben Naylor of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Voice and Text with world-renowned speech teacher Barbara Houseman (who coaches both Daniel Radcliffe and Jude Law for all their new roles). This enormously important program was created through the tireless administrative efforts of Professor Dale Rose and fully funded for five years through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bob McDonald.

Bob taught acting (as well as theatre history and dramatic literature) at UConn for over thirty years while directing countless productions for Connecticut Repertory Theatre and acting and directing in NYC). Bob has touched and changed the lives of hundreds of students over the years, always looking to provide additional motivation and skills to all students and to create challenging and innovative performance opportunities alongside the main-stage experience. His giving did not end with his retirement from the classroom. He has provided financial support not only for the Semester in London, but has also contributed funds for many student designers and technicians to travel to prestigious professional conferences in Europe.

And, on top of that, he's one of the best singer/songwriters to come out of Storrs, CT!

We welcome gifts of any size to help one of UConn's most beloved and respected acting teachers keep our London-study program alive indefinitely.



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Supported by 8 Donations:

  • Kate and Kevin C.
    I Gave $100
    We studied with Bob at UConn in 79-81, and treasure the memory of those years. What a wonderful gift you have given to past, present & future actors!
  • Maggie C.
    Maggie C. '78
    I Gave $500
    Another working actor from under Bob's wing. Wish class of '78 had London, but glad SFA has it now. My kid's headed there from Oberlin for literature.
  • Helene K.
    I Gave $250
    Because the Robert A McDonald Semester in London has a profoundly positive impact on our BFA actors. They return inspired, energized and transformed.
  • Jerry R.
    I Gave $1,000
    As a colleague in the UConn Drama Dept. and dear friend of Bob, Jerry Rojo pledges to help students discover the World of Theatre beyond our campus.
  • Anne D.
    I Gave $250
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  • Chriselle A.
    Dear Bob, I am forever thankful to you for being such a great teacher. I would not be a working actor without you! <3 Chriselle Almeida
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    Anonymous '04