Dean Emeritus Robert R. Scales Celebration

Dean David Bridel, the USC School of Dramatic Arts and the USC Emeriti Center invite you to celebrate the life of Dean Emeritus Robert R. Scales.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Program begins at 2:00 p.m.
Bing Theatre

Parking is available at all gates for $12 by mentioning the “Bob Scales Celebration of Life.”

Kindly RSVP by Monday, September 23, 2019.

For questions please contact Marissa Gonzalez, Director of Special Events, at or 213-821-4048.

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To honor Dean Emeritus Scales’ enduring legacy at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, please consider a gift to the Suzanne and Bob Scales Memorial Fund, which provides ongoing scholarship support for current SDA students. To make your donation, text the keyword “SDASCALES” to the number “71777,” or for further assistance, contact Kimberly Muhlbach at or 213-821-4045.

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About Dean Emeritus Robert R. Scales

An acclaimed designer, technical director, educator, colleague and friend, Dr. Robert R. Scales was dean of the USC School of Dramatic Arts and a professor from 1993-2003. During his tenure at the School, and throughout his retirement he was deeply supportive of the faculty, staff, alumni and students, and an important member of the SDA family.

A fellow of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology), Dr. Scales held full-time positions in consulting and/or technical production and lighting design at professional theatre organizations throughout the continent including Theatre Projects Consultants, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Stratford Festival Theatre of Canada, and Guthrie Theatre. In addition to his teaching at USC, he taught at Yale University, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, Hardin-Simmons University, Banff School of the Arts, University of Missouri at Kansas City and Pueblo, CO High School. He served on the Boards of the 24th Street Theater, Starlight Theater in San Diego and LA Stage Alliance.

Following his retirement as dean and professor from the School of Dramatic Arts in 2003, Dr. Scales served the university as the Emeriti College Director, volunteer Associate Director for the Emeriti Center, and served as a leader on the Emeriti Center’s executive committee. To honor his service at USC following his retirement, he was presented with the Paul E. Hadley Faculty Award for Service to USC in 2015.