Theater Past Faculty

Robert N. Sandberg

Robert N. Sandberg headshot

Photo by Justin Goldberg


R. N. Sandberg has been teaching playwriting, acting, and dramatic literature at Princeton since 1995 and received the President's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.

His plays have been seen in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama, and South Korea as well at U.S. theaters such as the Barter, Dallas Children’s Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Intiman, La Mama, Providence Black Rep, Stages Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret. He has been commissioned by, among others, McCarter Theatre, Metro Theater Company, and on four occasions, Seattle Children’s Theatre. Recent work includes Roundelay at Passage Theatre; IRL: In Real Life for George Street Playhouse; Convivencia developed with Playwrights Theatre of NJ and The Growing Stage; What Can’t Be Seen, developed at the Provincetown Playhouse; and The Judgment of Bett, part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices in conjunction with the American Repertory Theatre. His plays are published by Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing, and have been supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and many state and local arts commissions. In addition to his playwriting, Sandberg has directed Greek tragedy, comic opera, Brecht, Chekhov and contemporary plays by writers as different as Lewis Black, Anna Deavere Smith and Wendy Wasserstein. Before coming to Princeton, Sandberg was the Chair of the Theater Department and Director of the Professional Acting Conservatory at Cornish College of the Arts.

Sandberg was a Princeton undergraduate, majoring in History with certificates in American and African American Studies.


Robert Sandberg receives President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching | Princeton University News, June 2014


Alumni POV Video: R.N. Sandberg ‘70

Alumni POV: R.N. Sandberg ’70 from Lewis Center for the Arts on Vimeo.

Playwright, director, Lecturer in Theater and English, and Princeton alum Robert N. Sandberg ’70 has connected with students and faculty alike since his time as an undergrad at Princeton.