Robin Aronson Carr: (BA Theatre, 1995) is a certified Lessac Kinesensic voice and body trainer and associate professor of voice and acting at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is president-elect for the International Lessac Training and Research Institute. Carr was honored in April with the 2015 University of Southern Mississippi's College of Arts and Letters Teacher of the Year Award.
As one of only 53 Lessac certified trainers in the world, Carr was fortunate enough to teach a one-week workshop with Arthur Lessac himself at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. She then returned to Croatia where she taught the Lessac curriculum for their new post-master's program in acting, media and culture studies under the direction of the international film actor Rade Šerbedžija.
Carr has most recently taught the Lessac Kinesensic training at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Theatre; The Gaeity School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland in Dublin; The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia; and with the Theatre Actors Guild in Manila, Philippines.
Carr is the recipient of a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Grant; the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Excellence in Higher Education award; a Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence and a Southern Miss Innovation Award for Creative Activities. In 2015, Carr was named The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters Teacher of the Year.
While at Southern Mississippi, Carr has directed such shows as Rent, Assassins, Talley's Folly, Smokey Joe's Café, Ragtime, Almost Maine, Urinetown The Musical, Voice of the Prairie, and Little Shop of Horrors. She has served on the American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) regional selection team and has won three excellence-in-directing awards. She has been the dialect coach for various productions, including Dancing at Lughnasa, Hitchcock Blonde, Waiting for the Parade and Candida at Southern Miss and Our Country's Good for the University of New Orleans. A member of Actors' Equity Association, Carr has performed such roles as Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Fefu in Fefu and Her Friends, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
In addition to her undergraduate degree from MSU, Carr holds an MFA from the University of Connecticut and a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is also the director and creator of Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience, a musical theatre youth camp held on the campus of Southern Miss.