Rob Burt


Rob Burt, executive director of Charya Burt Cambodian Dance, is a theater director, producer, and educator. A theater teacher for over 35 years, he has directed and produced over 100 theatrical productions, many for his award-winning playwriting program at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, California. The school’s 350-seat theater was named in his honor in 2017. Burt’s many other honors include two outstanding educator awards from the California League of High Schools and the United States Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award. While on paid sabbatical from 1990-1992, Burt taught graduate-level drama at Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand and playwriting at the University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, producing original plays with actors from Cambodia’s National Theatre. It was here that he met his future wife, Charya, who was on the university’s dance faculty. In 1993, he helped Charya establish her U.S. dance company and has been her creative partner ever since. Burt co-produced and directed Charya’s recent Hewlett50 Commission, The Rebirth of Apsara (2024).