Department of Theatre

Minor Rootes

Professor Emeritus in Theatre
Minor Rootes

Office Location

Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5480

Academic Degrees

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Minor Rootes took a position in speech under the Gorham State Teachers College English Department in 1966. Within four years, he developed it into an independent Theatre Department with a total faculty of four people. With this addition, the Department was soon known as not only the finest Theatre department in all of the campuses in the University System, but also in the Portland community.  

During his tenure (39 years!) he taught courses in lighting, stagecraft, acting and directing.....and speech. Minor also did some exchange teaching in Brazil (where he resides part time) and southern France. He continues to serve the Department as a part-time faculty in Public Speaking, with the able assistance of the Department's Administrative Assistant, Lil Campbell....the only person who ever understood his humor. 

Professionally he has acted in Stephen King's "Graveyard Shift" (he was the second one to die), and "Sundowning", an award-winning independent Maine-directed film on the challenges of Alzheimer's disease, plus other smaller roles in various films and tv media over the years.