Robert “Bob” Creasy, whose acting, directing and buoyant personality enlivened Fresno theater productions for years, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 36.
Mr. Creasy had a long and stellar history with the central San Joaquin Valley theater scene. He directed and acted in productions at StageWorks Fresno, CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre, Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Good Company Players, California Public Theater, Aithon Theatre and Fresno State.
As an adjunct theater instructor at Fresno City College, he directed the 2014 production of “Boeing Boeing,” a chipper farce. (“Creasy gives the play an ease and a bounce that whips up the laughs,” I wrote in a review. “I was impressed with how the cast moved so fluidly and in tune with the audience, with moments held just long enough to wring out maximum comic impact.”)
In 2010, a Fresno State scene he directed from “An Edgar Allen Poe Affair” received a special commendation in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional competition covering the western United States.
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One of Mr. Creasy’s last acting roles was in the 2014 StageWorks Fresno production of “The Normal Heart.”
Joel C. Abels, the StageWorks artistic director, said Creasy was an integral part of the theater community.
“He was such a bright light in so many of our lives, and he was always willing to do whatever needed to be done,” Abels said. “He will live on in our hearts and our memories.”
Friends and family on Facebook offered an outpouring of grief and memories on Saturday. “Simply put – there are good people in this world,” Summer Rogers wrote in a post. “This is to recognize Bob Creasy as one of those people. When you think back and can only remember good things about a person ... then you know that that was a person who really knew how to live! Positive, friendly, always smiling, and a pretty good dance partner! ... Bob will always be remembered.”
Creasy graduated from Clovis High School in 1998. He graduated from Fresno State in 2011 with a degree in acting and directing and in 2013 earned a master’s degree from the East 15 Acting School in England.
He is survived by his parents, John and Cheryl Creasy; brother and sister-in-law John and Rebekah Creasy; sister and brother-in-law Marnie and Aaron Hutchason; and nieces and nephews Bryson, CC, Joy and Nikko.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. July 9 at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall at Clovis North High School, 2770 E International Ave. in Fresno.