As a child, Bob Greenwood ’63 enjoyed his first theater performances at the Opera House in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Although his parents lost their house in Etna, New Hampshire, during the Depression, they sold apples to earn enough money to take him to shows, experiences that inspired Greenwood to become an actor. He has since spent more than four decades as the artistic and managing director of the theater company Sun.Ergos, which performs for schools, companies, and communities around the world.
Greenwood won a full scholarship to Dartmouth, where he majored in theater and acted with the Dartmouth Players, giving an “impressive performance as the ghostly Darius” in Aeschylus’ tragedy The Persians, according to the Aegis. After winning the coveted Marcus Heiman Award for Theater Arts, he earned a master’s from the Yale School of Drama and chaired acting-directing programs at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, where he founded Sun.Ergos in 1977. Since then Greenwood has created 62 productions and toured 26 countries, from Serbia and Singapore to Tunisia and Mexico.
“We bring stories, legends, and ideas to life, weaving the threads of the world’s cultures into the tapestry of theater and dance,” he says. With a mix of theory and practice, he pushes audiences and students to “reconsider their prejudices and open up their minds to the cultures of the world.”