Senior International Producer and Chief Administrative Officer
Bob Lear is Senior International Producer and Chief Administrative Officer of the Global Arts Corps / Colonnades Theatre Lab, Inc. (CTL). His involvement with CTL dates back to the 1970’s – early 1980’s, when he served as the theatre’s Executive Producer, alongside Michael Lessac, CTL’s founder and Artistic Director.
Between 1994 and 2009, Bob was based in Paris. From 2006-2008, he rejoined Michael Lessac and CTL as International Producer for Truth in Translation. He was responsible for organizing and producing the 10-city, 5-week tour of the production in Bosnia/Herzegovna, Serbia, Croatia and Kosovo in the fall of 2008. As a result of the success of Truth in Translation in iconic conflict countries, invitations poured in from countries around the work emerging from conflict. Many of the countries visited, including Kosovo and the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland, urged a return to collaborate on the creation of local productions on local themes with local professional actors from all sides of the divide, that, like Truth in Translation, would support initiatives toward reconciliation, human vs. sectarian identity, empathy to temper bitter memory, and a way to envisage the possibility of a civil society without the vengeance revenge cycle. As a result, CTL’s work expanded to become the Global Arts Corps.
Before joining the Colonnades, Bob founded his own cultural foundation, the Foundation for Urban Cultural Development, in New York dedicated to mutli-cultural arts in education and the professional resettlement of eastern European artists. He has been a field consultant to the Arts Division of The Ford Foundation; a member of the board of the Pauline Koner Dance Consort; the Director of the Artist-in-Residence Performing Arts Center at Bronx Community College/CUNY; a contributing producer to PBS Masterpiece Theatre; Historical Consultant to PBS’ “Humanities Film Forum”; planning consultant to the Colorado Festival of World Theatre; and Managing Director the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Alongside his theatrical producing career, Bob has been deeply involved with human rights organizations, émigré and refugee relief, public/private partnerships and international communications with major institutions and global agencies such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where he was Director of International Communications and Ogilvy PR where he was Managing Director in Europe and continues to consult on “Nation Branding”.
Bob was educated at Bard College. He holds a MA degree and pursued PH.D studies in European History from Harvard University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and Fulbright Fellow to Italy. Bob speaks fluent French and Italian. He follows the international theatre and festival circuit and attends theatre, wherever he is, 3-4 times a week. He is unsure whether this is a habit or an obsession!