ROBERT WEBER FEDERICO
Executive Director, Repertorio Español
Mr. Federico has been the Executive Director of Repertorio Español since 2005.
His theatrical life began in 1970 at local theatre companies in Florida, New Mexico (The Santa Fe Opera), Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Baltimore (The Peabody Institute), and Massachusetts (Stage West.) In 1971, Mr. Federico designed his first production at Repertorio Español and joined the company full-time in 1972, when it relocated to the Gramercy Arts Theatre. Since then, he has created sets, lighting and costumes for hundreds of productions, and designed the lighting for Spanish dancer Pilar Rioja throughout the United States.
In almost four decades with Repertorio Español, he has overseen the company's development, including marketing, outreach and fundraising, and ¡Dignidad!, Repertorio's Education Program, which accounts for over one-third of the audiences.
Mr. Federico's initiatives have allowed the company to operate at 95% capacity. In 2006, his strategy and efforts resulted in record breaking box office receipts which surpassed $1 million dollars despite the resident theatre's 140 seat capacity and an average ticket price of $23. With the support of a strong Board of Directors and a loyal staff, Mr. Federico has maintained Repertorio's tradition of operating without a deficit for almost three decades.
Mr. Federico has served on the theatre panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and was a member of the Board of Directors of Art New York. He has received numerous HOLA and ACE Awards for his production designs. In 2007, he, along with Gilberto Zaldívar and René Buch, received an ENCORE Award for Excellence in Arts Management from the Arts and Business Council.
Mr. Federico received a B.A. in Art History at Columbia College and an M.F.A. in Theatre Design at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.