Based on his short stories, Robert was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House. One of those stories was acquired and adapted into the film, “Reconnected,” which has been accepted at festivals across the country, most recently the USA Film Festival and the New Hope Film Festival. Two other stories, “Follicular Rivalry” and “A Dish Best Served Warm,” were nominated for the national literary award, the Pushcart Prize. Robert’s writing is forthcoming in The Normal School, Atticus Review, Serving House Journal, upstreet, and Zone 3. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous other publications, including Gargoyle, Cream City Review, Cortland Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and
The MacGuffin. His non-fiction piece based on his experience with O.J. Simpson was featured on Narratively. Robert was the recipient of the upstreet short fiction scholarship at the VCFA Postgraduate Writers’ Conference. He was also a finalist for the Writers@Work Fellowship. His first play, Putin And The Snowman, had two runs Off-Broadway.
A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Robert has worked extensively in theater, film, and television, appearing in lead roles in major shows and earning several acting awards, including an L.A. Weekly award and a Drama-Logue award.
He founded the Malibu Writers Circle (MWC) to give Los Angeles-based writers a constructive place to work on their material while enjoying an ocean view. He has attended Tin House (twice), Bread Loaf (twice), and numerous writing workshops at the University of Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert currently lives in Malibu and owns a corporate intelligence firm.
He is married with a son, and enjoys spending as much time in the ocean as possible: surfing, scuba diving, swimming, etc.