About Us

  • 2017 EdTA President's Award
  • 2011 Arizona Thespian Advocacy Award
  • 2010 Missouri Thespian Hall of Fame Award (Initial Inductees)
  • 2009 Florida Association of Theatre Educators Advocacy Award
  • 2008 Educational Theatre Association Standing Ovation Award

Practical Technical Theatre was developed by Bob Fowler and Marti Fowler, two career Secondary Theatre Educators with 60 years experience in Theatre Education and Professional Theatre. They know what works in the classroom, the National Standard for the Arts, and what the typical theatre student needs to know.

Bob Fowler taught Theatre on the secondary level for twenty-nine years, and ran highly successful programs. He was the Missouri Thespians/Educational Theatre Association Teacher of the Year in 2000-2001.  Bob and his wife, Marti were the initial inductees into the Missouri Thespian Hall of Fame in 2010, and were awarded the EdTA President's Award in 2017. He has presented numerous workshops at the local, state and national level. Bob produced, directed, designed, and/or tech directed 106 plays and musicals during his high school teaching career, and has extensive experience writing curriculum. He has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Design and Technical Theatre from the University of Missouri Columbia. He also has 30 hours of additional graduate credit in the field of education. Bob has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Since retiring in 2001, Bob worked freelance in the St. Louis area doing live theatre and television production. In addition to working for Stages St. Louis and the Edison Theater at Washington University, he was the shop foreman for both the 2002 and 2003 seasons of the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival (which draws more than 50,000 people annually to its performances). His acting resumé includes over 50 roles, and he has worked as a professional musician since he was 14 years old. Bob currently has over 75 students who are working professionally doing live theatre, film, television or radio.  

Marti Fowler retired in June 2003 as the Fine Arts Consultant for the Hazelwood School District in suburban St. Louis, MO, where she was a classroom theatre teacher for 25 years. She has served on the Missouri Thespian Board for 12 years, the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Friends of Theatre and Dance for 18 years, the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Education Committee, and the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Collaborative. She also has extensive experience writing curriculum, and has presented numerous workshops on the national, state, and local level. She is the recipient of the Dina Reece Evans Award from the Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the recipient of the 2002 Administrator of the Year Award from the Missouri State Thespian Association. In years past, she served on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Task Force. Marti and her husband, Bob, were the initial inductees into the Missouri Thespian Hall of Fame in 2010.  Marti and Bob were awarded the EdTA President's Award in 2017, and Marti was elected to the EdTA Board of Directors in 2017.

Marti has performed in 55 plays and musicals, and has produced, directed, designed, and/or tech directed over 100 plays and musicals during her teaching career. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and Dance (Performance) and a Masters degree in Directing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and has 30 additional graduate hours in the field of education. She served as an adjunct faculty at Fontbonne University for 10 years, teaching Theatre Education. Many of her former students are active theatre professionals and theatre teachers.