Fredrick J. Rubeck is Department Chair and Professor of Performing Arts and coordinator of the Acting program. He teaches acting, directing, playscript analysis and senior seminar.

Fred came to Elon in 1988 to begin building what is now the Department of Performing Arts. Over the years, he has directed many productions at Elon, including Crimes of the Heart, Getting Out, Noises Off!  A Midusmmer Night’s Dream, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Crucible, The Music Man, You Can't Take It With You, Macbeth, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Our Town and The Bacchae, to name a few.

A working professional director of nearly 100 productions throughout the United States and the UK, Fred has directed at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in North Carolina, Lakes Region Summer Theatre in New Hampshire, and the Findlay Summerstock Theatre in Ohio. He was one of the founding partners of The Occasional Acting Company and the Piedmont Theatre Collective, both in North Carolina, served on the board of directors for the Nebraska Directors' Theatre and as the president of the Gallery Players, Inc. in North Carolina.
Other regional credits include The Mule Barn Theatre in Missouri, The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, The Repertory Company (all in Nebraska) and The Summer Company and the Genoa-Kingston Summerstock Theatre in Illinois.

Fred's play Crackers has been produced at London's Pentameters Theatre and Brentwood Theatre, and other locations throughout the Southeast. His other plays have been produced throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

Fred earned his BFA in acting and directing at Illinois Wesleyan University and his MFA in directing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is an active member of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education.