Early Life and Education
Robert Hupp was born on July 20, 1959 in Salisbury, Maryland. His father, Robert William Hupp (September 22, 1923-November 5, 1991), served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Second World War, earning a Silver Star for actions near Nijmegen in The Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden.. Hupp was raised in Petersburg, West Virginia and Laurel, Delaware, where he attended Laurel High School. Upon graduation, he entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he majored in Dramatic Arts and American Studies and was a member of the Phi Epsilon Pi (now Zeta Beta Tau) fraternity. After college, Hupp completed a two-year certificate program from the National Shakespeare Conservatory and studied theater history at New York University.
Hupp worked for nine seasons as the artistic director of the Jean Cocteau Repertory theater in New York City, premiering the Eric Bentley/Darius Milhaud version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, as well as producing the American premieres of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, and Eduardo de Filippo’s Napoli Millionaria. Hupp also directed the American premieres of Glyn Maxwell’s The Lifeblood and Wolfpit for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. In 1999, he was named artistic director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, Arkansas where he remained before being hired by Syracuse Stage in 2016.
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