Robert Pickett (Director) is co-founder of HMB Shakespeare Company and has directed The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo y Julieta. He received his A.A. in Acting at Santa Barbara City College where he acted and directed for Santa Barbara Repertory Theatre and Alhecama Players. He received his B.A. in Directing from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he acted and directed professionally with Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company and the Egyptian Theatre in Park City.
He has studied with the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He co-founded the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival where he directed Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night. He has also directed The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Three Penny Opera, The Crucible, Jeffrey, and The Suicide. As an actor, he has performed in Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale, Miss Julie, The Learned Ladies, A Man for All Seasons, The Crucible and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He has been seen locally as Theo in Coastal Repertory Theatre’s production of The Underpants and has directed All My Sons, Enchanted April, The Rivals and Death of a Salesman for CRT. He will soon add directing Dracula to his list of accomplishments. He is the proud father of Rachel, Joel and Mara and proud grandfather of Nicolas, Emily, Molly, Ethan, Hudson and Ella.