Robert is president and a founding member of the Carnegie Screenwriters (CSW), a group of writers and filmmakers started in 1998. CSW as a group has produced numerous short films, two documentaries and two local television shows. Individual members have had short scripts produced and feature-length scripts optioned. Some have worked in the industry in Los Angeles. Members have won or placed in the quarter-finals or higher in major screenwriting competitions.
Robert has co-authored six feature-length screenplays and a stage play with Ken Levarse. He has written a number of short scripts, two of which have been produced: Apocalyptic Love and Jenkins Patch. He is one of the hosts for the CSW talk show, Fade In, on Pittsburgh’s PCTV-21, a show that explores the local writing and film scene. He also worked as host, co-producer and writer for Script to Screen, another CSW show produced previously for PCTV-21. He worked as producer, writer and casting director on the documentary Silent Tales. Robert has been involved with local independent film as a writer, actor, crew member, producer and casting director.
Robert is active in the local theatre scene as an actor, director, stage manager and stage crew. He has worked with numerous theater companies including Mon River Arts, South Hills Players, Shakespeare in South Park, South Park Theater, Old Schoolhouse Players, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Baldwin Players, Stage 62, Heritage Players and Open Stage Theatre. Favorite roles on stage include Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, Herbie in Gypsy, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Jimmy Diamond in A Love Affair and a singing zombie in Night of the Living Dead: the Opera.
Robert especially loves exploring the works of William Shakespeare. He has had the privilege and pleasure of directing Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew (twice), The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest.
A former English major at Point Park University, Robert studied screenwriting at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He is also a published poet.