dR. bOB cHANDA
Paula Chanda, President of the Board and project coordinator for the Discover Theatre Initiative, is the Executive Director of the nationally recognized Hub Performing Arts School where she has been giving young people national opportunities for over ten years, and, also, a theatre teacher at All Saints Episcopal School teaching elementary through high school where she directed her actors to a five District and a State Championship in TAPPS One Act Play Competition. She is the recipient of the coveted Freddie G. Award given to only 8 theatre directors nationally to recognize them for their excellence in directing children’s theatre. She is also an accomplished actress herself and has directed at Texas Tech University and recently Blackbird and Constellations at Hub Theatre Group.
Bob Chanda has been seen on the Lubbock stage over the last few years in such roles as MacDuff in Macbeth, Belize in Angels in America: Perestroika , Atticus Finch in To Kill Mockingbird, Gabe in Dinner with Friends, Austin in True West, Nick in The Guys, Dan in Next to Normal and most recently as Mark Rothko in Red. He has also directed such plays as Doubt, 'Night Mother, and the musical Next to Normal. Bob received his Ph.D. in Fine Arts with an emphasis on acting/directing and arts administration from Texas Tech University in December 2013. He recently served as Senior Administrator of Special Projects at Texas Tech's College of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to heading Hub Theatre Group, Bob is a One Act Play judge and presents workshops for both actors and non-actors. He has developed workshops for non-actors that utilize acting technique to sensitize participants to body language and status and their role in effective communication. He has taught these workshops to groups including teachers, medical students, corporate trainers, lawyers and law students.
Hub Theatre Group, a nonprofit theatre organization, is an avenue for Bob and his wife Paula Chanda to make a cultural contribution to the community they choose to call home. Both Bob and Paula are excited about the success of their adult productions and the wonderful reception to their children’s productions over the years co-produced by Hub Theatre Group and Hub Performing Arts School. They invite you to come and support their future efforts and enjoy some great theatre!