Robert Anderson

Mechanical Designer

Robert Anderson joined EPS in 2023 as a Mechanical Designer. Having gained a decade of hands-on mechanical experience in the US Marine Corps and Navy Reserve, Robert translated his skills to the world of technical theatre and built up a robust professional portfolio. In roles such as Propmaker, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, and Technical Director, Robert helped stage productions for companies and festivals around the country. His expertise spans various facets of theatrical mechanical design from aerial rigging to scenic automation and structural design.


BS, Theatre Generalist, Minnesota State University, Mankato

MFA, Theatre, Technical Direction, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

First introduction to the industry:

I spent the summer of my 16th birthday working for a lighting design firm in San Diego with my brother, but had forgot about the experience while I served in the military. During my undergrad for Mechanical Engineering, I helped some students through my first math class, and they invited me to their production of The Producers. I spent the next year or so slowly shifting from Mechanical Engineering to Technical Direction. The rest is history.

What I listen to at work:

An impressive variety which includes a Mongolian rock band called The Hu.

Dream Vacation:

I would love to get back to Hawaii one day.

When I'm not at work...

I’m woodworking, diving deep into my homelab, or playing video games. Sometimes all at once!