On January 21, 2017, Rob Koch was presented with this year's Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Capitol Center for the Arts during the New Hampshire Theater Awards. This is a video taken live at the event.
Rob has been an actor, director or technical support in both professional and community theatre for more than 50 years. He is a founding member of Actors’ Circle Theatre and is currently their Managing Director and is on the Board of Trustees at the Peterborough Players. He has provided a host of theatrical experiences and has fostered educational initiatives by partnering with other Monadnock region troupes, such as the youth organization, Project Shakespeare. He has appeared at The Peterborough Players in productions of Inherit the Wind and Our Town. Directing credits include The Wizard of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Our Town (the Opera) Technical credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Fully Committed, Mr. Pim Passes By, and As You Like It. Besides ACT, Rob has performed with the Antrim Players, Raylynmor Opera, Granite State Opera, The Milford Area Players, Branch River Theater and The Peterborough Players.
The Francis Grover Cleveland Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an individual(s) who best demonstrates quality, scope, and consistency in their positive influence upon theatre in the state, and was named for the founder of The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, the nation's oldest summer stock theatre company, still operating in Tamworth.