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Lights, camera, Gore

Theatre Arts professor Robert Gore is the man with the Vans behind the scenes. Photo by ||Vincent Fernandez|| [email protected]

Nestled in his homey, three-walled corner cubicle adorned with pictures of family, friends and posters of tropical islands, Theatre Arts professor Robert Gore sits in his swiveling chair drinking from a bottle of raspberry-flavored water.

Dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, the ankles of his bright red socks peek out from under his pants before disappearing into his black-and-white-checkered Vans tennis shoes, Gore asks, “Where do you want me to start?” when asked how he got where is today.

Since 1996, Gore has been teaching in the Theatre Arts Department at City College. Although he loves his job, Gore, who has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a master’s degree in production design, with a minor in art, never sought out teaching.
He pictured a future for himself in theater.

“Theater was something I enjoyed doing, and I realized if I was going to enjoy my life I had to find something I enjoyed doing, so I just stuck with it,” Gore says.

After moving to New York from Los Angeles, Gore was working as a set designer when he was offered a part-time teaching job back in California.

“I never thought I was going to be a teacher,” Gore says laughing to himself, “but I figured I’d do it for a while to pay off my student loans.”
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Now, 15 years later as an instructor, life is a stage for Gore. Although now his focus is more on film rather than theater, it is evident from his lectures that he is the embodiment of theater. With his quirky personality, over-the-top mannerisms, and quick-witted humor, Gore engages his students and exudes a sincere passion for film.

“He just has a way of making you look at movies in a way you never have before,” says Jen Andersen, one of Gore’s former students. “You’ll take his class and never look at movies the same way again.”

Gore says that as an instructor, the most important thing to him is student success. When a student succeeds, that’s when Gore really feels like he’s doing his job.

He says one of the main reasons he decided to take the job at City College was because the school was about students.

“I remember him saying in a lecture one time that if he was going to teach, his main goal was to make sure that his students succeeded in his class,” 25-year-old former City College student John Meidinger recalls.

Anyone who spends more than a half an hour with Gore will soon realize that teaching is not only an important part of his professional life, but also his personal life. Overall, Gore cares about his students and their success. He says he only hopes that he can encourage students to strive for success and maybe help point them toward the path to their future.

“My job is to encourage students who feel hopeless,” Gore says. “I have to give them hope and ensure them that they’re going to make it in this world.”

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