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 award-winning film, “Reconnected,” which has been accepted at film festivals all over the world, most recently the USA Film Festival, the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, and Hollyshorts, all of which are Oscar qualifying festivals. Reconnected won the audience award for Best Film at the New Hope Film Festival and received award nominations at the Madrid International Film Festival for Best Lead Actor (Robert), Best Lead Actress (Barbara Bain), and Best Director (SJ Main).
Two of Robert’s other stories, “Follicular Rivalry” and “A Dish Best Served Warm,” were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, a national literary award. Robert’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Normal School, Atticus Review, Serving House Journal, upstreet, Zone 3,
Gargoyle, Cream City Review, Cortland Review, Exposition 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. 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 (three times), Bread Loaf (twice), VCFA (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.