Robert Tenges



Robert Tenges
1312 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605




Robert Tenges serves as assistant provost for Continuing and Community Education at Columbia College Chicago. Tenges is responsible for creating and overseeing innovative and sustainable programs in continuing and community education. He collaborates with academic departments to create new adult professional development and enrichment programs, as well as youth and pre-collegiate summer offerings that align with the college’s curriculum.

From 2013-2015, Tenges served as executive director of Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia where he expanded its offerings into a mission-driven, multi-disciplinary community arts center with a focus on children’s programs.

Prior to joining Columbia, Tenges’ administrative career was with The Old Town School of Folk Music, which holds the distinction of being the largest community arts center in the country, serving over 7,600 students weekly. As director of education and programs, Tenges led the school’s accreditation efforts with Accreditation Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts (ACCPAS), grew program revenue from $5 million to $7.2 million in five years, and created the CPS Artist-in-Residency Program.

As a playwright, Tenges’ Strangers Knocking was produced by the Side Project Theatre Company in 2005, and subsequently, Off-Broadway with The New Group in 2007. The Chicago production of Strangers Knocking was named to the Chicago Tribune’s “10 Best Plays of 2005.” Other productions include People We Know at the Side Project Theatre Company, (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best New Work, developed through New River Dramatists, The New Group and Victory Gardens Theater); Rites of Passage (developed through Victory Gardens Theater); Elsewhere (developed through The New Group, produced in May 2013 at the side project) and English-language adaptations of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters, both produced by Chicago’s LiveWire Theatre in 2004 and 2005. He has also penned a new adaptation/completion of Büchner's Woyczek.

Tenges’ play Whatever was produced by the side project and named one of the “Best Plays of 2015” in the Chicago Tribune. His newest play, Ariana, is being developed by Chicago Dramatist, where he has been a Resident Playwright since 2014. In addition to being an Illinois Arts Council fellow and panelist, he is a member of New River Dramatists, and an artist with The New Group, Off-Broadway.

Tenges received a BMUS in Music Education with a concentration in Vocal Performance from DePaul University.