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Daina Robins
Chairperson for Theatre Department
Professor of Theatre

Daina Robins joined the Hope College Theatre Department in 1991, served as
Director of Theatre for over five years, and became chair of the department in
1997. She has led the program through two accreditation reviews by the
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and previously served two
terms as a member of its Commission. She regularly directs for the
department and teaches courses in acting, directing, and theatre history. She
also often directs for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and in recent seasons
has directed for the Actors' Theatre (THE GOAT by Edward Albee) and Western
Michigan University (ALOHA SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS by Naomi Iizuka). A founding member of Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts, she maintains an association with the company. During her most recent sabbatical leave, she assisted with Double Edge's premier of THE GRAND PARADE and enjoyed month-long residencies in Vienna and Berlin, thanks to a Great Lakes College Association New Directions Initiative grant.


  • Undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Tufts University
  • Daina has also studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany under a German Academic Exchange scholarship (DAAD)
E-Mail robins@hope.edu