Director: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Charley's Aunt: Colonel Sir Francis Chesney
Robert is a Chicago-based director, playwright, and actor. Directing credits include The Tempest, As You Like It (Wilde Award: Best of the Bard), The Rivals, Cymbeline (Wilde Award: Best of the Bard), She Stoops To Conquer, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Wilde Award: Best of the Bard), and Tartuffe (Wilde Award: Best Comedy) at MSF; Cymbeline at Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre; the world premiere of Karen Tarjan’s The White Road at Irish Theatre of Chicago (Jeff Award nomination: Best Production-Play, Midsize); and the world premieres of Chris Hainsworth’s adaptation of Hunger (the debut novel by Elise Blackwell) and John Hildreth’s adaptation of Treasure Island, both at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre.
As a playwright, Robert has written over a dozen theatrical adaptations which have been performed in more than forty U.S. states, as well as in Australia, Canada, England, and Ireland. His adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau received five of Chicago’s Non-Equity Jeff Awards, including New Adaptation and Best Production; his adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere received the Non-Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation; his adaptation (with composer George Howe) of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey received the Non-Equity Jeff Award for New Work–Musical; and he was commissioned by the Illinois Shakespeare Festival to create a new adaptation of The Three Musketeers for their 2010 season. Four of his plays are licensed by Playscripts, Inc. and his play Lions in Illyria (an adaptation of Twelfth Night for young audiences) was published in Dramatics Magazine.
As an actor, Robert has appeared in Richard II (Wilde nomination: Best Performance–The Bard), Julius Caesar, and The Taming of the Shrew at MSF, as well as over fifty productions in the Chicago area, including work with Circle Theatre, City Lit, A Crew of Patches, Goodman Theatre, Greasy Joan & Co., the Hypocrites, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, New American Theater, Strawdog Theatre, and Theatre at the Center.