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Robert G. Blacker

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Emmaus High School graduate

Robert G. Blacker, 71, of New York City, died Aug. 30, 2019. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Ernest and Stella (Fedak) Blacker.

He was a graduate of Emmaus High School and Cornell University.

He was passionate about his 50-year career in theater. He worked with Joseph Papp at the Public Theater in New York, then helped Des McAnuff reestablish the LaJolla Playhouse, where he served as dramaturg and associate artistic director. As artistic director of the Sundance Theatre Lab he helped to develop many new plays by mentoring countless playwrights and actors.

He served as institutional dramaturg at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Along the way he taught Shakespeare studies at the graduate level at Columbia, Iowa, UCSD and the Yale School of Drama, where he also served as an interim chair of playwriting. His last project was his book, “Shakespeare In Three Dimensions” which was published by Routledge in 2018.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Ann, of Allentown.

Contributions may be made to either the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena (in memo, The Cathedral Choir), 1825 W. Turner St., Allentown, 18104 or to New Dramatists, 424 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y. 10036.

Calling hours will be 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 1629 Hamilton St., Allentown, 18104, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, 1825 W. Turner St., Allentown.